CHESTERTOWN — The Chestertown Rotary Club is sponsoring a Maryland Crab Soup Competition from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at The Kitchen at The Imperial Hotel.

Proceeds from the event will benefit End Polio Now. It will include both the traditional and cream variety soups with wine pairings.

Competitors include JRs and Lemon Leaf, Luisa’s Cucina Italiana, Chester River Yacht and Country Club, Uncle Charlie’s Bistro, Barbara’s on the Bay, O’Connor’s Pub, the Fish Whistle and The Kitchen at The Imperial Hotel.

The cost is $10 for six tastings or a bowl of soup, bread and glass of wine.

Polio survivor John Nanni will have a table display at the event. Nanni became paralyzed from his neck down for six months just prior to the Salk Vaccine distribution. He now uses a wheelchair for most of his daily mobility due to severe Post-Polio Syndrome issues.

Nanni is a Rotarian and serves as the district’s PolioPlus chairman. He is also the USA Coordinator for the “World’s Greatest Meal to Help End Polio Now” and also serves as a board member of the Polio Network of New Jersey and Delaware, a polio survivor support group.

Rotary, along with other partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. Polio is close to being eradicated, but donations are always welcome.

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