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Contractors Association of Will & Grundy Counties Hosts Largest Crowd Ever at Annual Steak Fry in Joliet, Ill.

Wed September 04, 2019 - Midwest Edition #18
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The largest crowd ever attended The Contractors Association of Will & Grundy Counties (CAWGC) annual Steak Fry on Aug. 22 at St. Joseph's Park in Joliet, Ill. This sold-out event was attended by almost 700 guests. The food, the entertainment, the networking and the weather were all a perfect scenario. The cooks, which are made up of CAWGC members that volunteer each year, worked well together and were able to feed everyone mouthwatering steaks cooked to order in a short amount of time.

Along with the massive networking opportunities, guests enjoyed music performed by Still Kick'n. A bean bag tournament also was held and the first place winners were Patrick Craven of RHL Insulation (who incidentally has won two years in a row) and Bob Upchurch of TMS International. Each received a trophy, cash and bragging rights. Cash prizes also were awarded to the second-place winners, which were Aaron King of Howell Tractor and Chris Parrack of Sterling. A 50/50 drawing also was held, and Gary Adams of Cecchin Plumbing was the big winner.

The CAWGC is a nonprofit trade association with more than 200 members that holds several networking events yearly, which include: A Meet and Greet Expo, summer golf outing and fall golf outing, along with its popular Steak Fry. Members also are treated to a cocktail reception in March as well as a Candidates Night Open House in October. CAWGC proudly donates all proceeds raised to a charity of choice each year. This year's charity of choice is the American Cancer Society, and a check was presented to them at the Steak Fry in the amount of $5,385.

For more information on the CAWGC call 815/741-1455 or visit www.CAWGC.org. CEG

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(L-R): Kenny Sandeno, president of “D” Construction Inc., with Chad Cailteux, owner of 5R Enterprises, and Julie Tarter, executive assistant of 5R Enterprises.
(L-R): Kenny Sandeno, president of “D” Construction Inc., with Chad Cailteux, owner of 5R Enterprises, and Julie Tarter, executive assistant of 5R Enterprises.

Dan Byrnes, sales manager of Underground Pipe & Valve, with Jason Cox, partner of Len Cox & Sons Excavating and CAWGC board chairman.
Dan Byrnes, sales manager of Underground Pipe & Valve, with Jason Cox, partner of Len Cox & Sons Excavating and CAWGC board chairman.

There were over 735 steaks served at the annual event held in St. Joseph’s Park, Joliet, Ill.
There were over 735 steaks served at the annual event held in St. Joseph’s Park, Joliet, Ill.

From Ritchie Bros auctioneers are Debbie Gallagher, Scott Harper and Dan Powers.
From Ritchie Bros auctioneers are Debbie Gallagher, Scott Harper and Dan Powers.

Enjoying the steaks are Mike Drousias of Austin Tyler Construction Inc and Chris Wirkus, Edward Knapp and Dan Darden, all of Gallagher Asphalt Corporation.
Enjoying the steaks are Mike Drousias of Austin Tyler Construction Inc and Chris Wirkus, Edward Knapp and Dan Darden, all of Gallagher Asphalt Corporation.

Mike Wisneski of Advantage Paving Solutions, Rick Castle of K&D Landscaping Construction Inc and Jeff Swanson of Advantage Paving Solutions.
Mike Wisneski of Advantage Paving Solutions, Rick Castle of K&D Landscaping Construction Inc and Jeff Swanson of Advantage Paving Solutions.

Bob Baish (L), owner of Baish Excavating Inc. and a member of the CAWGC board of directors, with Rick Leonard of C.R. Leonard Plumbing & Heating Inc. and a retired executive director of the CAWGC.
Bob Baish (L), owner of Baish Excavating Inc. and a member of the CAWGC board of directors, with Rick Leonard of C.R. Leonard Plumbing & Heating Inc. and a retired executive director of the CAWGC.

(L-R) are Melissa Olson of Morris Country Club, Colin Glennon of LaFarge Aggregates of North America and Jim Hager of Hager Excavating.
(L-R) are Melissa Olson of Morris Country Club, Colin Glennon of LaFarge Aggregates of North America and Jim Hager of Hager Excavating.

(L-R) are Dale Howard, Bob Russell and Darren Melvin, all of Hanson Material Service.
(L-R) are Dale Howard, Bob Russell and Darren Melvin, all of Hanson Material Service.

(L-R): Todd Walkup, Josh Carter, Bob Czarnowski, Brandon Fox, Dan Motchnik and Tony Mattingly, all of Altorfer Cat, enjoy a delicious steak cooked by volunteers from the CAWGC at the organization’s annual Steak Fry.
(L-R): Todd Walkup, Josh Carter, Bob Czarnowski, Brandon Fox, Dan Motchnik and Tony Mattingly, all of Altorfer Cat, enjoy a delicious steak cooked by volunteers from the CAWGC at the organization’s annual Steak Fry.

John Young (L) of Seasons Landscaping Inc. (and CAWGC board member) and Steve Costello of McCann Industries, Inc. both have been volunteering as grill masters for more than 22 years at the annual Steak Fry.
John Young (L) of Seasons Landscaping Inc. (and CAWGC board member) and Steve Costello of McCann Industries, Inc. both have been volunteering as grill masters for more than 22 years at the annual Steak Fry.

(L-R): Nick Stipanovich of Illinois Truck & Equipment Co. Inc. takes a break from grilling to say hello to George Petecki of George’s Landscaping Inc. and Norm Beasley of Ozinga Ready Mix.
(L-R): Nick Stipanovich of Illinois Truck & Equipment Co. Inc. takes a break from grilling to say hello to George Petecki of George’s Landscaping Inc. and Norm Beasley of Ozinga Ready Mix.

(L-R): Wayne Massad of West Side Tractor Sales Co. is enjoying the annual Steak Fry with Chris and Tyler Lepretre, both of Lepretre Excavating.
(L-R): Wayne Massad of West Side Tractor Sales Co. is enjoying the annual Steak Fry with Chris and Tyler Lepretre, both of Lepretre Excavating.

Mike Masulis (L) of Brieser Construction Co. and Eric Rhoda of “D” Construction Inc. take a moment to talk some business in between steaks.
Mike Masulis (L) of Brieser Construction Co. and Eric Rhoda of “D” Construction Inc. take a moment to talk some business in between steaks.

(L-R) are Steve Schuttinga of 1st AYD Corporation, Tom Zubik of Midland Equipment Finance, Justin Schriefer of Renzo Excavating and Rich Evans of Black Star.
(L-R) are Steve Schuttinga of 1st AYD Corporation, Tom Zubik of Midland Equipment Finance, Justin Schriefer of Renzo Excavating and Rich Evans of Black Star.

Mark Messaglia (L) of Vulcan Construction Materials  LLC and Mike DeJonge, president of Welsch Ready Mix.
Mark Messaglia (L) of Vulcan Construction Materials LLC and Mike DeJonge, president of Welsch Ready Mix.

The group from Stip Bros Excavating Inc. having fun at the annual Steak Fry in Joliet, Ill.
The group from Stip Bros Excavating Inc. having fun at the annual Steak Fry in Joliet, Ill.