Kenosha, Greenfield Firefighters to Battle for Charity in Big Summer ‘Slider’ Cooking Showdown | News

This 2022 HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival, Saturday, August 20, will feature a heated battle between members of two of Wisconsin’s most charitable fire departments.

Members of Kenosha Professional Firefighters Local 414 and their brothers and sisters from Greenfield Firefighters Local 1963 will show off their cooking skills at the Firehouse during the summer “Slider” Showdown. The event supports the Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone Fund.

This fire department competition will be featured in the event’s Cooking Studio. This popular interactive cooking demonstration kicks off the all-day music festival at Kenosha’s HarborPark Celebration Place. Cooking festivities begin at 12:45 p.m

“We are so excited to welcome Greenfield Firefighter’s Local 1963 to Cooking Studio this year,” said Cooking Studio Co-Captain Terry Jacobson. “Their friendly rivalry with Local 414 of Kenosha will delight the crowd with their banter and delicious food for our Summer ‘Slider’ Showdown.”

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Jeremy Holm, president of IAFF Local 1963 Greenfield Professional Fire Fighters, said Greenfield firefighters were thrilled when Kenosha firefighters offered Greenfield a chance to participate in the Mahone Jazz Festival.

“Kenosha firefighters have always had a positive impact on the community through their organization, Kenosha Firefighters CARE,” Holm said. “Greenfield firefighters care, too; not only for the community, but we also care enough to show the Kenosha Fire how to cook a proper meal.

“We’re happy to give the Local 414 team some guidance during the Summer ‘Slider’ Showdown. We’re sure they’ll need it.

At the last HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival in 2021, the Kenosha Firefighters Band prevailed over their friendly foes from the Waukegan Professional Firefighters Local 473.

“We are happy to host this wonderful event here in Kenosha for such a worthy cause,” said Jeffrey Weidner of Kenosha Firefighters CARE. “As hosts, we have a duty to treat all our guests equally. So this year we intend to uphold our tradition of giving all our competing guests a parting gift: second place.”

Ardis Mahone Moseley, co-chair of Cooking Studio with Jacobson, said the cooking competition is a great way to start a fun day of music on the lakefront.

“Everyone who visits the Cooking Studio will get an inside look at what it’s like to cook for a firehouse and get great recipes and delicious samples,” said Mahone Moseley. “In the past we have received great tips and tidbits; I’m sure this year will be even better!”

Mahone Moseley said this year they will be welcoming former fellow Andre Adams to the cooking studio. Adams is an Olympian and owner of Snap Fitness Kenosha, as well as a certified fitness nutritionist.

“He will use his education and experience to help us raise money for future scholarships by offering advice to the audience on ways to adjust recipes to make them more nutritious,” said Mahone Moseley.

Adams said she will offer a nutritionist’s perspective on healthy substitutions and portion control to make health and fitness more sustainable.

The HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival is a major annual fundraiser for the Mahone Fund, which provides educational opportunities for economically and academically deserving youth while supporting healthy lifestyle initiatives in communities of color. Established in 1999 to perpetuate the legacy of local social justice leaders and education advocates Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone, the fund is a component of the Kenosha Community Foundation.

This year’s festival will feature performances by internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Richard Elliott, as well as legendary Chicago blues act The Mike Wheeler Band. The musical program will begin with a performance by Lake County favorite Lady A, followed by a 90-minute “Stepping for Academic Excellence” featuring Chicago-style stepping DJ Tony Lane.

Advanced general admission tickets for the festival are $30 and $35 at the door. VIP Lounge tickets, which include concert admission, food and complimentary beer, wine, soda and water, are $90 each.

More information about the festival, including how to purchase tickets, can be found at https://www.mahonefund.org.