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Contractors Association Holds Annual Steak Fry in Illinois

Wed August 22, 2018 - Midwest Edition #17
CEG


The annual steak fry in Joliet, Ill., drew a large crowd.
The annual steak fry in Joliet, Ill., drew a large crowd.
The annual steak fry in Joliet, Ill., drew a large crowd. Nick Stipanovich (L) and Adam Salinas, both of Illinois Truck & Equipment, help with cooking the steaks. (L-R) are: Danie Kendall, Altorfer Cat; Holly Frank, Herc Rentals; and Derek Eller and Todd Walkup, both of Altorfer Cat.
Mark Gronkiewicz (L), West Side Tractor Sales, gets his steak from John Young, Seasons Landscaping Inc. Young also is on the board of directors of CAWGC.
Mark Messaglia (L), Vulcan Materials LLC, and Eric Kamenjarin of Welsch Ready Mix.
Mike Drousia, (L), Austin Tyler Construction Inc., and Jeff Kolmodin, Gallagher Asphalt Corp.
Brian Broderick (C) of Austin Tyler Construction Inc., takes a photo with Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers Debbie Gallager (L) and Rebecca Menditto.
(L-R): Having fun at the annual steak fry are Jim Baltas, Manhattan Township; Dale Hostert, Homer Township; David Vickery, Hostert Excavating; and Ken Hostert, owner Hostert Excavating.
Mary Ellis Metz (L), executive director, and Karri Lane, plans room coordinator, both of CAWGC, welcome everyone to the annual steak fry.
Randy Alberico (L) of Illini Hi-Reach and Steve Costello of McCann Industries take a quick break while helping with the cooking of the steaks.
Jeff Thielen (L) of Great American Insurance and Eric Cox of DLZ Industrial LLC are on grill duty.
Enjoying the annual steak fry are Mike Marchiniak (L) of Construction by Camco and Tom Stern, West Side Tractor Sales Company general sales manager.
(L-R) are Wayne Massad, West Side Tractor Sales; Rebecca and Justin Schriefer, Renzo Excavating LLC; and Chris LePretre, LePretre Excavating.
(L-R) are Brian Dragan, Paladin; Wayne Massad, West Side Tractor Sales; Rebecca and Justin Schriefer, Renzo Excavating; and Mike Marchiniak of Construction by Camco.
Jason Cox (L), chairman of the board of CAWGC, and Jeff Cox, both of Len Cox & Sons Excavating.
Evan Branyik (L) and Dave Waterlander, both of Ozinga, which is celebrating its 90th year in business.

The biggest crowd ever attended The Contractors Association of Will & Grundy Counties (CAWGC) Annual Steak Fry on Aug. 16. This sold out event was attended by 700 guests.

The food, entertainment, networking and weather were all a perfect scenario. The cooks, which are made up of CAWGC members that volunteer each year, work so well together and were able to feed everyone mouthwatering steaks cooked to order in a short amount of time.

Along with networking opportunities, guests enjoyed music that was provided by Cody Calkins. A bean bag tournament also was held and the first-place winners were Patrick Craven, RHL Insulation and Antonio Gonzalez, Sterling Solutions. Each won a trophy, cash and bragging rights. Cash prizes also were awarded to the second-place winners, Ryan Nurczyk and Erika Nacey, both of Jason Mechanical in an unbelievably close match.

The CAWGC is a non-profit trade association with more than 200 members that hold several networking events yearly. These events include: Meet and Greet Expo; Summer Golf Outing; Fall Golf Outing; and its popular Steak Fry. All proceeds are donated to the charity of choice each year. This year's charity is the Joliet Area Community Hospice and a check was presented to them in the amount of $5,000. The CAWGC is proud to announce that in four years they had raised a total of $20,000 for hospice.

This year the Contractors Association of Will & Grundy Counties celebrated its 85th Anniversary with a celebration at Bolingbrook Country Club. More than 350 guests attended the spectacular Gatsby-styled celebration.

For more information, call 815/741-1455 or visit CAWGC.org.

CEG