World Championship Hot Wing Contest & Festival Participated in The 41st Annual Banquet Open

Dear Friends, Team members, Sponsors, volunteers, and Followers of the WCHWCF:

Huge thanks to the hot wings competitors that participated in the joint effort of the World Championship Hot Wing Contest & Festival and the 41st Annual Banquet Open to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis!

Winners of the Hot Wings Competition are as follows:

First: Unusual Saucepects

Second: New Wing Order

Third: Barnyard Pimps

Fourth: Hold My Beer & Watch This

Fifth: What the Cluck

Sixth: Wing Wing Twins

“Kudos to all who participate in giving of themselves, their time, and their talent to help children they’ve never met. Life offers many paths to contribute, seek redemption or just help tilt the axis away from tragedy and back toward joyousness. The selfless work done by all on behalf of innocents who must stare down the bleak reality of cancer is worthy of praise, encouragement, and support” – Eric Fuller, Forbes

Tremendous thanks to all who participated, donated, sponsored, worked, or volunteered at the event.

Huge THANK YOU to Frank Chin for the terrific photos!

For more information about how you can help the children of Memphis battling cancer and other catastrophic diseases, call Paul Gagliano at 1 901-949-2596 or email

Who is WCHWCF?

This is a nonprofit event with proceeds Benefiting the families of the Ronald McDonald Charities of Memphis. To date, we have raised more than $300,000 in financial support!

This year marks the 21st year of the WCHWCF, previously known as the Southern Hotwing Festival, and attracts international teams from Canada, Costa Rica, South Africa, and other parts of the world.  Whether you like your wings grilled, smoked or fried, with seasonings that range from sweet to savory to exotic, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Festival-goers will not only have a fun time sampling the competition’s fare, they will also have “something to crow about” as they will be making a contribution to The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis (RMH). 

We hope the public will help us assist the families and children who live at the facility, at no cost, after treatment from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This mission allows the families to focus on helping their children survive and thrive.

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For more than 20 years, the World Championship Hot Wing Contest & Festival ® has been cooking up the best wings in the land – all to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. With international teams, a World Wing Cup Series, and more additions


Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis offers children with pediatric cancer and other catastrophic illnesses undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®,; a nurturing, family-centered residential community. The House fosters an environment of hope through support services and child-centered activities that encourage children to be children near the care they need, always free of charge.


“I want to commend Wings Over Memphis because supporting an initiative like the Ronald McDonald House that is so near and dear to the hearts of so many Memphians and it is what really makes Memphis a special city. Support the festival and you're supporting the Ronald McDonald House”
Kevin Kane
President and CEO Memphis Tourism
“Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) is honored to have been chosen as the sanctioning body of the World Championship Hot Wing Contest in Memphis, Tennessee. KCBS supports this event that helps provide a home-away-from-home for families who are in staying in Memphis while their child receives cancer treatment.”
Wayne Lohman
KCBS international Ambassador and Event Director
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