What is Battle of the Buffalo?


Battle of the Buffalo is an annual chicken wing festival held at Big Spring Park in Huntsville, AL. This April, for the eleventh year in a row, local restaurants and amateur cooks will compete with their tastiest wings in an effort to be crowned best of the Tennessee Valley. Last year, with the help of our generous restaurants and sponsors, Battle of the Buffalo brought together more than 1,800 community members, served over 40,000 wings, and presented the Russel Hill Cancer Foundation with $18,455 and The HudsonAlpha Foundation with $6,002. This year, in its sixth year as a Downtown Huntsville Inc. Featured Event, Battle of the Buffalo will boast wing entries from more than 20 local restaurants, a celebrity judging panel that includes Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle, an entire afternoon of live music, and a kid-friendly fun zone. The men of Alpha Tau Omega, along with the Russel Hill Cancer Foundation, invite you to join us in continuing a tradition of love, health, and charity.


How did Battle of the Buffalo begin?


Since 2009, Battle of the Buffalo has been held every year in memory of Paul “Fish” Salmon. Paul was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006 and underwent treatment at the Clearview Cancer Institute (CCI). He was a brother of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and a senior at The University of Alabama in Huntsville when he passed away in 2007. In 2009, the men of Alpha Tau Omega hosted their first festival centered on Buffalo wings, Paul’s favorite snack. Thus far, the event has raised over $160,000 for the Russel Hill Cancer Foundation and the HudsonAlpha Foundation and continues to support local cancer patients undergoing treatment at CCI.


What is the Russel Hill Cancer Foundation?


The Russel Hill Cancer Foundation is a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to improving the health of the area. Every dollar donated supports one of their three initiatives:  a bold, innovative cancer research program, educational opportunities for local citizens and the medical community, and regular transportation, housing, and financial assistance for eligible patients.  


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