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Challenge to aid good cause

The Denton police and fire departments will face off today in the “Rib Eating Challenge for a Cause” event, and we are confident that we can pick the winners.

We realize we may be treading on dangerous ground because we have a lot of friends in each department and admire and respect all of our police officers and firefighters.

Thus, we want to make it perfectly clear that our prediction is not based on favoritism.

And when it comes to eating ribs, we’re certain that both departments can do some serious damage.

In fact, this may be one of the most evenly matched contests we’ve seen in quite some time. Judging from the list of competitors we were given, this thing could go down to the wire.

Scheduled to represent the Denton Police Department are: Officer Mark Hill, Officer Michael Christian, Detective Christopher Murphy and Officer Orlando Hinojosa.

The Denton Fire Department team members are scheduled to be IT Chief Chuck Goodman, EMS Chief Brian Glenn, Training Chief Mark Mason and Assistant Fire Chief Kenneth Hedges.

But in spite of our mutual respect for both teams, we believe there’s no doubt that the ultimate winners will be those served by the United Way of Denton County.

Today’s event will be held at the Texas Roadhouse, 2817 S. Interstate 35E, and 10 percent of total food purchases will be donated to the United Way on behalf of the Denton police and fire departments.

In addition to the rib eating contest, Denton police Officer Cleopatra Birckbichler said, there are plenty of activities planned to entertain the whole family. Between 4:30 and 7 p.m., there will be face painting, live music and fire and police vehicles on display in the Texas Roadhouse parking lot. There will also be door prizes.

The competition between the departments will begin at 6 p.m.

We join Officer Birckbichler in encouraging area residents to attend today’s event. The United Way of Denton County helps a lot of people and deserves our support.

In addition to funds designated directly to its 20 partner agencies, the United Way of Denton County has increased its funding for community impact initiatives, which are collaborations with others in the community to target unmet needs.

The rib eating challenge promises to be a fun way to help a great cause, so why not plan on attending?

With your help, there will plenty of winners tonight.