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Soda bread contest in New Lenox helps fight vs. cancer

Updated: April 8, 2013 7:19AM



Lynn Bennett will be remembered and a special cause will be helped Saturday at the Sixth Annual Irish Fest & Soda Bread Contest at Charleston’s Bar & Grill, 2101 Calistoga Drive, New Lenox.

Soda bread chefs will compete, with the winner getting a trophy and $700. All proceeds will go to the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute, where Bennett received treatment when she was ill.

“It’s going to be a busy day, a very busy day. The place will be packed to the gills,” said Karen Peck, one of her daughters.

Bennett died from brain cancer in November 2009. She had been diagnosed in July 2007 with an aggressive brain tumor. She underwent 13 brain surgeries.

“She fought and fought, She was very grateful for the life she had from the day she was diagnosed. Her message was always the same: ‘Someone is always fighting a bigger battle. Someone always has it worse than you do,’ ” Peck said.

Soda bread entries can be dropped off from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. and is expected to be finished by 3:30 p.m. Entrants must be present to win. There were 88 entrants last year.

The second-place finisher gets a $100 Charleston’s gift card and a trophy. Third place gets a $50 gift card and trophy.

Children’s activities will begin at noon, followed by the Sullivan School of Irish Dance and bagpipers at 2 p.m. There will be a live auction, and split-the-pot raffle tickets will be sold. The Waterdawgs will start playing music at 9:30 p.m.

For more information, call Charleston’s at (815) 462-2000.



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