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Eat, drink and be merry for charity

The 25th annual Taste of the Town will be held May 5

Posted: April 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The 25th annual Taste of the Town to benefit the Child & Family Center of Santa Clarita will offer a record number of food and beverage vendors and a new way to contribute to charity.

The event will be held 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia.

Co-chairs of the event include John and Debbie Heys, Don and Billie Hubbard, Steve and Julie Sturgeon and Mike and Mary De Lorenzo.

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

"I’ve heard the stories of the incredible work the Child & Family Center does in the SCV," said Debbie Heys. "I don’t think the community really knows all that the Child & Family Center does for the SCV."

The Child & Family Center was founded in 1976 and currently serves more than 500 clients a month.

Lois Bauccio, president and executive director of the Child & Family Center Foundation, the fund-raising arm of the center, said in honor of the 25th anniversary of Taste of the Town, the fundraiser will go "high-tech."

Guests at the event will bid on items using their smart phones or ipads set up at the event.

"I’ve very excited that everyone is talking about our 25th silver anniversary," Bauccio said. "This is the year everyone needs to come out and support us. Not only has the financial need been great but the request for services has mushroomed. So many children have struggled with emotional health issues this year and we need the support of the community, your help will make all the differnece."

Those unable to attend the event will also be able to bid online for auction items which will include: Hotel stays in Barbados, St. Lucia, Antiqua, Four Seasons Maui and Le Bristol Paris; an exclusive Emmy preview party; Jersey Mike’s Subs for a year; wine tastings; cooking classes; beer for a year at Wolf Creek and other items. To register and bid on your favorite items visit Click "Register to Bid" to create an account and follow the instructions.

Bidding is now open, Heys said.

Other opportunities to give include "The Champagne Diamond Drop" — a signature fundrasing activity at Taste of the Town sponsored by Classic Designs Jewelry and owner Apo Yessayan.

Yessayan has donated a one carat diamond to be given away. To enter the drawing guests can purchase a glass of champagne for $25.

In addition, attendees can enter to win a seven-day vacation for two to Cancun. Opportunity tickets will be offered for $100 — and only 200 total tickets will be sold.

To attend the 25th annual Taste of the Town visit or contact Laura Kirchhoff in the Child & Family Center Foundation office at 661-255-6847 x 3166.



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