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Make-A-Wish SWFL hosts Mac ‘N’ Cheese Challenge

As if anyone needed an excuse to eat macaroni and cheese, the village of Estero will soon be hosting a mac ‘n’ cheese challenge for a good cause — that is, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida.

The event will feature mac ‘n’ cheese from more than a dozen local restaurants and catering companies. After tasting samples from each stand, guests will vote for their favorite to be named the best of the bunch.

Tickets are $20 per person and will go toward Make-A-Wish Southern Florida’s Youth Leadership Committee.

YLC is a group of seventh to 12th graders working to promote Make-A-Wish to grant the wishes of fellow children who have life-threatening illnesses.

YLC hopes to use the funds raised at the mac ‘n’ cheese challenge to grant 20 local wishes.

The challenge will include Applebee’s, Beach Brothers BBQ, Bravo, Hyatt House, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Jason’s Deli, New York Pizza & Pasta, Publix, Seasons 52, Shula’s Steak House, The American Gastro Pub, The Colony Country Club, The Terraces at Bonita Springs and Wendy’s.

The mac ‘n’ cheese challenge will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at Estero High School, which is located at 21900 River Ranch Road.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.makeawishtickets.org, but if unable to attend, donations for the YLC fundraiser will also be accepted online.

To get involved with the Youth Leadership Committee, sponsor this event or enter your company’s mac n’ cheese into the challenge, Taylor Marini can be reached at 239-992-9474 or [email protected] Or, for more information about Make-A-Wish, visit www.sfla.wish.org or call 239-992-9474.

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Rachel Iacovone

Rachel Iacovone (yah-cuh-voe-nee) is a fourth-year journalism student at Florida Gulf Coast University. She was born and raised in the Sunshine State, which may not be obvious considering her pale skin and less-obvious vitamin D deficiency. Also made less obvious by her skin tone — her Hispanic heritage. She can be found at the Eagle News copydesk or out shooting events around campus with one of her seven camera bodies. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and others-proclaimed hipster, proud Christian and bleeding-heart Liberal and an obvious fan of contradictions.

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