The Old Worthington Partnership's newest event will showcase Worthington's many pizza options.
The Slice of Worthington event later this month will bring 13 local pizza shops to the same venue to compete for prizes while raising money for charity.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. March 15 at the Shops at Worthington Place, 7227 N. High St., and will feature pies from Dewey's Pizza, Donatos Pizza, East Coast Pizzeria, Jet's Pizza, JT's Pizza and Pub, Leone's Pizza, Marco's Pizza, Massey's Pizza, Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music, Pizza House, Sbarro, Villa Nova Ristorante and Worthington Pizza Primo.
Live music, local beer from Zaftig Brewing Co. and activities for children will accompany the pizza vendors. Patrons will vote for a People's Choice Award winner, and three local judges will determine a Best Worthington Pizza winner.
Proceeds will benefit Sacred Space Church's Family Mentor Foundation, which provides meals for local elementary-school students.
Partnership executive director Annina Parini said the variety of elements in the event make it perfect for what the organization tries to accomplish.
"The partnership was named that for a reason," she said. "If there's an exciting thing happening in Worthington, we want to be a partner to the other organizations. And we love to connect businesses to each other and to the community, so this is a perfect showcase for all of the work we do."
Parini said she and others at the partnership often had joked about the abundance of pizza options in town, and the idea was born when partnership board member Beth Dekker proposed putting them all together.
"If you think about it, people typically eat pizza once a week and there are 52 weeks in the year, so that doesn't seem like a lot if you hop around to different places and make different choices," Parini said. "So I think people will be surprised by the depth of choices here in Worthington, and there are a lot of different ones, so (they are) not getting the same pizza all the time."
Molly McBride, general manager of the Worthington Dewey's Pizza, said even she was surprised at first to hear there were enough Worthington pizza options to support an event.
"I think it's more getting to know the community and getting our name out there," she said. "A win is always a good reason to be there, but if we can introduce ourselves to new clientele we didn't know before, that's also a win."
Parini said the partnership modeled the event after the popular Slice of Clintonville and she thinks it can become a Worthington tradition.
"We hope that it is an annual event and that people know when it is and mark their calendars every year," she said.
Tickets for Slice of Worthington are $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under. Children under 3 are admitted free. For more information and tickets, go to ExperienceWorthington.com.