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Florence hotel workers chomp hot dogs, raise money for children’s hospital

October 28, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. — Employees from Raines Hospitality gathered Friday at the Florence Center for a little friendly competition.

Raines Hospitality hosted its “Mr. Mark’s 17th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest” in which hundreds of hot dogs were consumed, all for a good cause.

The group donated $5,000 to the McLeod Children’s Hospital as part of the event.

Brittney Edwards, corporate director for sales and marketing at Raines Hospitality, said the event was started by Mark Raines, one of the founders of the company. Since his death, the company has continued to honor his legacy by putting on the event.

“Mr. Mark’s Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest is an event that Raines Hospitality looks forward to each year, as it is a way to bring our team together in a fun way while also being able to give back to our community,” Edwards said.

Raines Hospitality Group manages Hotel Florence and the five Marriot properties on Hospitality Boulevard, in addition to other hotels around the state of South Carolina. The group also will soon open the new Hyatt Place in downtown Florence.

While all of the hotels competed against one another, the hotel with the smallest staff was the one that came away victorious. Hotel Florence took home the gold to the delight of Faith Rogers, the downtown lead and general manager of Hotel Florence and the Hyatt Place.

Each team had 22 minutes to eat as many hot dogs as possible. The overall winner was Kenny McDonald with Hotel Florence, who ate 12 hot dogs.