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Burr Ridge fifth-grader wins Benihana art contest

Fifth-grader Pierce Wittnebel receives his award. | Provided
Fifth-grader Pierce Wittnebel receives his award. | Provided

Burr Ridge fifth-grade student Pierce Wittnebel was selected for his artwork contribution to Benihana’s 2014 Children Helping Children Coloring Contest, part of the Children’s Day program that culminated May 5. With the help of Pierce’s efforts, Benihana raised $50,000 in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

More than 17,000 submissions were collected as part of this year’s contest, and Pierce was selected for his unique contribution. He received a Benihana hibachi dinner for eight people — a $250 value.

Every year on May 5, Japan celebrates the happiness of the nation’s children with a day of fun and games known as Children’s Day. The coloring contest was part of Benihana’s broader initiative to celebrate this Japanese tradition while supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Throughout April, children who visited any Benihana location nationwide were encouraged to participate in Children’s Day by drawing a picture to signify what the theme of Children Helping Children means to them. For each entry form collected, Benihana donated $1 to St. Jude.

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