Who will win Rotary’s Great Pizza Challenge?; Restaurants can still enter

It’s a quest for the best crust, the best sauce, the best that Bristol has to offer in all things pizza – and it’s a fundraiser for a new college scholarship for a Bristol student.

The Bristol Rotary Club Great Pizza Challenge is on.

Pizza makers from across the MumCity are donating their best pies to compete in the event, which will be held Sunday, March 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the dining hall of the Giamatti Little League center on Mix Street.

The public is invited to sample a variety of pizzas and vote for their favorites in a slew of categories.

“Bristol has some great pizza, and we want the community to help us find the best of the best while helping a local student with college costs,” said Jackie Majerus-Collins, president of the Bristol Rotary Club, via a press release. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Winners will be recognized in the media, get award certificates, and bragging rights.

In addition to offering tastes of the best pizzas in town, the club will be raffling off prizes donated by local restaurants, museums, performing arts centers, ESPN, and other generous individuals and businesses.

Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family, at the door. Drinks will be sold separately.

All the proceeds will go to create a new scholarship for a Bristol student who is a member of the Interact Club, a service organization that is sponsored by the Bristol Rotary Club.

Skylar Wright, president of the Interact Club at BristolCentralHigh School, hailed the club’s new venture in a Rotary press release.

“I am so excited by the prospect of a student who is passionate about the community being awarded this scholarship,” said Wright in the release. “I hope the Pizza Challenge is something Bristol can support not only this year but in the future as well.”

Majerus-Collins said in the press release that the club is grateful for the generosity of the Little League center, to all participating restaurants and to the donors of the raffle prizes.

It is not too late for restaurants to sign on for the challenge, she said. Restaurants can register by phone at (860)655-8188, by email at RotaryJackie@gmail.com or through the Bristol Rotary Club’s Facebook page.