Donut dunking and scarfing nets $435 for district teachersBy: Photos by Stephanie Dumm/News Messenger Reporter
Different donut-eating strategies were displayed Saturday as 17 contestants scarfed as many of the sweet treats as they could during The Pink Box Donut Shop’s first donut-eating competition.
Some chose to dip their donuts in water before consuming them, and one contestant, Wes Otto, swallowed whole bites with water, similar to talking a pill.
Contestants The News Messenger spoke with were there to help raise money to provide supplies for Western Placer Unified School District classrooms.
The Pink Box owners Patrick and Christina Rhinehart sponsored Saturday’s donut-eating contest and the $20 entrance fee for each contestant will go to fund school supplies purchased for classrooms, according to Patrick Rhinehart.
The competition netted $435 for teaching supplies, according to Rhinehart, from a combination of entry fees, donations and Popsicle sales. To contribute money and supplies for district teachers, visit lincolteacherdonations.com.
This year, each teacher gave up a $500 supply fund to save the jobs of fellow teachers, which amounted to $162,500, according to district Superintendent Scott Leaman.
Saturday’s 17 contestants competed in three rounds until 11 a.m. More than 30 spectators cheered contestants on.
Winner Tony Brenes took first place, eating seven-and-a-half donuts. Second-place winner Robert Shreiber ate seven donuts and third-place winner Jamie Chiesa polished off six-and-three-fourths donuts.
~ Stephanie Dumm