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Taste of the Town draws crowds

Food: Fundraiser benefits SCV Child & Family Center

Posted: May 5, 2010 10:04 p.m.
Updated: May 6, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Almost 1,600 guests tasted food and beverage from nearly 40 vendors.

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There was food, food and more food, as well as beer, wine, beverages and cocktails, at the annual Taste of the Town to benefit the services and programs offered by the Santa Clarita Valley Child & Family Center.

The food and drink was donated by the nearly 40 restaurants, caterers and beverage companies that fed the large crowd of attendees, estimated at approximately 1,600.

Lois Bauccio, president of the Child & Family Center Foundation, said the event raised nearly $145,000.

"The vendors who contributed food, wine and beer have allowed this event to take place and will ensure therapeutic services to hundreds of families in the months to come," she said.

Among the many fundraising opportunities at the event, including silent and live auctions that raised $34,000, was the diamond drop donated by Apo Yessayan of Classic Designs Jewelry.

"This is the most wonderful event," said Yessayan. "This year's diamond is one carat and worth approximately $4,500. I was just in Belgium, so I hand-picked the diamond myself."

Guests received a cubic zirconium and a keepsake champagne glass filled with champagne for a $25 donation as well as the chance to win the diamond pendant.

Co-chairs of the event were Debbie and John Heys and Mark and Ginger LeVang.

"We love Child & Family Center and the work they do," said Debbie Heys. "I think many people don't understand the positive impact they have on this community. They do very important work."

Guests danced on the lawn of the Mann BioMedical Center in Valencia, which donated the use of the facility. Musical entertainment was provided by the Saugus High School choir and bands Mark LeVang and Friends and headliner Ambrosia, the 1970s band known for such hits as "Biggest Part of Me" and "How Much I Feel."

"I'm awed by the number of sponsors, the food and wine, the people who show up here are the ‘Who's Who' of the SCV," said Darrell Paulk, CEO of the Child & Family Center. "It's a great event for the Child & Family Center, and we can't thank everyone enough. I want everybody to go out every night this year and eat at every one of these restaurants."

Honorary chairs for the event were Harold and Jacquie Petersen.

"We were proud to be Jacquie and I to serve as honorary chairs of this event," said Harold Petersen. "It was one of the best we've attended with the quality and the taste of the food. To think so many restaurant competitors would come together for a common cause with so much enthusiasm was a delightful experience."

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