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Tasty town for Child & Family

Annual event grosses more than $170,000 to benefit mental health services to children and families

Posted: May 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Students and instructors of the College of the Canyons culinary program served up a tasty creme caramel at Taste of the Town.

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The 24th annual Taste of the Town to benefit the Child & Family Center grossed $171,000, said Lois Bauccio, president and executive director of the Child & Family Center Foundation.

The event, held at Mann Biomedical Park on a warm Sunday afternoon attracted 1,500 attendees and 45 food and beverage vendors.

A variety of fundraising activities were held during the event including silent and live auctions, a Diamond Drop drawing and a raffle for a Princess Cruise to the Caribbean.

The Princess Cruise drawing, which raised $6,200, was won by Pat Warford.

Winner of the Diamond Drop drawing donated by Classic Designs Jewelry, was Nancy Oppenheim. The Diamond Drop raised $2,000.

The live auction raised nearly $35,000. Highlights included:

n The Adventure Program  with 20 laps at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, was purchased by Chris and Jayne Fall for $1,750.

 A week at Shadow Ridge II — the Enclave in Palm Springs was purchased by John and Debbie Heys for $1,500.

A wine-pairing dinner for eight was purchased for $2,000 by Michael and Kristine Huber.

 A  three-hour cocktail party was purchased by Steven and Christine Pike      for $1,750.

 An “Old Hawaiian Paradise” seven night stay in Kapoho on the Big Island was purchased by Ken and Diane Kreyenhagen and John and Mary Thurston for $3,200.

 A day aboard the Valkyrie was purchased by Ted Nordblum for $2,750.

A visit to the set of NCIS and NCIS signed memorabilia was purchased by Doris Marie Zimmer for $1,750.

A one-week stay for a party of 12 at a 4,000-square-foot luxury Maui home was purchased by  three bidders: John and Sheryl Gerasi; Moe and Linda Hafizi and Linda England. Each bidder bought the trip at $6,000, earning the Child & Family Center at total of $18,000 from the donation.

The Child & Family Center provides mental health services to children and families in the SCV. 

The Taste of the Town program offered up a few statistics for attendees to consider:

 As many as 1-in-8 teens and 1-in-33 children have clinical depression.

 Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds, and the sixth leading cause of death for 5- to 14-year-olds.

Presenting sponsors of the event included Bank of Santa Clarita and Aquafine Corporation.

“This is one of the top events in the SCV,” said Elizabeth Hopp, senior vice president of Bank of Santa Clarita. “The Child & Family Center is a wonderful organization that does so much for children and families that might not receive help otherwise.”

Participating restaurants, caterers and beverage purveyors included:

Allied Beverages Inc., Anheuser Busch, Bake You Happy, Bella Cucina Italian Restaurant, Bier Academy, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Boston Market, Castaic Lake Water Agency, Chronic Cantina, Cielo Malibu Estate Vineyards, Clarice’s Cake & Candy Supplies, COC Culinary School, Fiesta Grill, Fireman’s Brew, Gameday Sports Grille & Bar, Jasmine Thai BBQ, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Jill’s Cake Creations, Kokolita Cakes, Lazy Dog Café, Lee’s Wine Bistro, Margaritas Mexican Grill, Marston’s Restaurant, Nana’s Banana Bread, New Moon, Olive Garden, Persia Restaurant, Roman Holiday, RSVP - The Catering Company, Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, Salt Creek Grille Catering, Schreiner’s Fine Sausages, Inc., Sisley Italian Kitchen, Stone Oven, Sushiya Bar & Grill, The Tea Gardens, Trader Joe’s, Vines Restaurant & Bar, Vino 100, Whole Foods Market, Wine Warehouse, Wokcano and Wolf Creek Brewing Co.

For more information about Child & Family Center visit www.childfamilycenter.org

mbuttelman@the-signal.com / 661-287-5590

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