Sausage King, huh? Let's see how this goes...
My name is Brandon Briggs – I'm in my early 30's, work in Public Relations and have been living in Chicago for more than seven years. When I'm done with my long walks on the beach, writing poetry, and knitting homemade sweaters for loved ones, you can find me on the lakeshore path running and training for marathons, catching my favorite DJs at summer music festivals, and enjoying the company of my amazing friends in the city – from Wrigley to River North.
Born and raised in Michigan (Go BLUE!), I now am proud to call the Windy City home and absolutely LOVE the everything about it...every neighborhood (so much good food!), every season (rain, snow, wind, shine, heat/humidity – sometimes all in one day), and all the diverse people and experiences it has to offer.
Ok, enough about me…now let's focus on you! I'd love to be the next Sausage King of Chicago and would be more than honored to don the throne for Chi Town. Nick, Todd and Raj have left large shoes to fill (trust me, those were some big 'sausages'), but as a city that has made everything from Polish to Kielbasa its own – you deserve a King who will withhold the duties of meat's most prestigious position with the utmost respect, humility and loyalty that these elite men of year's past represented.
With many close ties to "true heroes" within my circle of family and close friends – everything from Marines, Army, police officers, firemen, corrections officers, SWAT team members, etc. – I also could not be more honored, driven and humbled to put these efforts behind helping raise awareness, donations and support for an amazing cause such as the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). Because while being hailed the "King of Sausage" for this fine city would be flippin' awesome, these service men and women are the real KINGS who deserve all the support and resources possible to make sure they (and their families) are taken care of each and every day. Let's make sure to all do our part…
So, let's give this a shot and see where it takes us – together. If the worse that can happen is we drink some beers, enjoy the city's finest sausage, and raise a bunch of money for a great cause and change some lives, then I think we will ALL be just fine.
Thank you for your support…and see you on the throne!
Born and raised in Chicago and being such a big part of the community it was an easy choice to help raise money for such a great cause that has affected each and every one of us in some way or another!
Being in the Army myself and knowing a lot of people affected in the line of duty, this is a cause that I support unconditionally! Any way that I can help give back to my Brother's & Sister's in arms is worth countless efforts on my part and to share this with everyone I know!
All donations big or small will be greatly appreciated!! Move over Abe Froman there is about to be a new "Sausage King" of Chicago!!
Chef Jay P. Ruff
In order to properly rule the Land of Sausage, it takes more than just a King and behind every great man, there is a great woman. A donation towards my campaign is not only a vote for Shane, but my drag alter-ego, Shanté.
I'm a polite guy who grew up in the Midwest and value family and manners. I take pride in my ability to adapt to my environment and find connections with people while still being sincere and true to myself.
I've went through a lot in 2013, losing my older brother and Grandma a month apart. These tragedies made me appreciate life more and value the time I have with those I love.
Finding my place in Chicago took some time. Through taping in to my passion for performing and my sometimes over-the-top personality, Shanté DéTroit was born.
Drag is a source of creativity and fun for me, as well as a community in which I found my Chicago family within group of weirdos (who sometimes look the part and sometimes don't).
I can have a great time playing poker and drinking beers, dressing up and stomping around in heels or lazing around the city, exploring all it has to offer!
I may never serve for our country but this is my chance to show support to those who have. I take great pride in being an American and thank God that I live in a land where I can be myself without fear.
The soldiers and families that our donations support are the Heroes who sacrificed so much to keep America the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. I'm honored to be participating in this fundraiser and being able to say 'thank you' to the men and women who deserve so much.
A donation to me is a two for one deal and I promise to rule my Kingdom with grace, poise, laughs and more meat than you can handle!
With Love, Honor and Respect, Shane/Shanté
My name is Warren English, I'm 29 years old and am getting ready to start my second year of law school at the Northern Illinois University College of Law. I was born and lived on the south side in Oak Lawn and grew up in Michigan. I have a Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University, a Master's Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and have had the privilege of working in both the public and private sector. In my free time, my brother and I run an online based sneaker business called English Sole.
Donating my time and volunteering has always been a big part of my life. I have volunteered with such great organizations as The United Way, The Safer Foundation, The American Cancer Society, and The Capuchin Soup Kitchen. When approached with the idea of running for Sausage King and raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project it was a no brainer. While I have never personally served in the military, I have had friends of mine who have served in all branches and two friends in particular who have benefited from the Wounded Warrior Project. I have seen how Wounded Warrior has positively impacted my friends' lives and I would be honored to not only be crowned the Sausage King of Chicago but more importantly raise money in providing others with the same experience that my two buddies who are marines had. Whether it's $1 or more every donation matters. Thank you very much for your support.
Tell us something about yourself:
-I grew up in a far south suburb of Chicago (Atlanta, GA).
-I previously had a job that required me to go to over 1000 Wal-Marts in a 6 month period.
-I like my eggs scrambled and my coffee served black.
-I think that mimes are creepier than clowns.
Why do you want to be Sausage King of Chicago?
I have always wanted to rule an empire of encased meats and after watching the Game of Thrones, this seems like the safest way to achieve nobility.
Turn Ons? Encased meats, football, and dogs.
Turn Offs? Traffic, the series finale of Dexter, and Texas A&M
Why the Wounded Warrior Project?
I have a personal connection to Wounded Warrior. WWP helped my cousin after he lost his leg in Afghanistan. They went in and retrofitted my cousin's home and car so he could take care of his two daughters. This is an amazing organization and I want to give back in any way that I can.
While watching the Germans destroy Brazil in the semis of the world cup, tipping back a nice cold frothy ale and taking down one of Grand mamas homemade juicy brats from the old country, it hit me. I had forgotten something. But what?.......THE SAUSAGE KING. A whole year has gone by since I last stood upon that stage. I was so close. I could smell the simmering sausage as it floated throughout Wrigley. The golden crown glistened in the afternoon sun. My lederhosen were fresh pressed and that notorious hawks jersey was in sight. But it was not meant to be. My time had not yet come. As I accepted my fate, and the thought of me representing everything sausage to the people of Chicago began to fade, I realized there was only one thing to do……..wait. That is why I am back this year to claim what is rightfully mine. This year as I stand before you, lederhosen and all, look upon me and say….that outfit sure would look better with a crown and covered in a Blackhawks jersey. Fulfill my childhood dreams Chicago and let me be the sausage meister, the sausage chief, the sausage boss, the sultan of sausage…….whatever you want to call me. Let me be the SAUSAGE KING.Donate Now!
My name is Josh McCurdy. I am a United States Navy Veteran that has been organizing events, festivals and fundraisers for many years now. I currently manage at Woodies Flat in Old Town. Wounded Warriors is a great charity that I have worked with in the past. The plan is to raise the most money for this GREAT organization and the "Sausage King of Chicago" Crown will follow.Donate Now!
My name is EJ and I surround myself in a long line of veteran Sausage Kings. They have formed a brotherhood of Kings and I feel like an outcast whenever we are together. 2014 is going to be the year I can step out from their shadows and truly become the King I was born to be.
In all seriousness, The Wounded Warrior Project is a tremendous organization that I have yet had the privilege to work with. It will be a great honor for me to raise money for such a great cause and know that we are directly helping the lives of those who have sacrificed so much for us.
Thanks in advance for any love and support!!