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Taste of the Town sizzles at 25th anniversary

Benefit for Santa Clarita Child & Family Center grosses more than $220,000

Posted: May 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Left to right, Don and Billie Hubbard, John and Debbie Heys, Lois Bauccio, Julie and Steve Sturgeon and Darrell Paulk. The Hubbards, Heys and Sturgeons served as co-chairs of the 25th annual Taste of the Town.

The 25th annual Taste of the Town to benefit the Santa Clarita Child & Family Center grossed more than $220,000, said Lois Bauccio, president and executive director of the Child & Family Center Foundation.

The food and beverage event also attracted nearly 2,000 attendees, she said.

"We’re still counting it up," Bauccio said.

The event was co-chaired by Steve and Julie Sturgeon, John and Debbie Heys, Mike and Mary DeLorenzo and Don and Billie Hubbard.

A record-breaking number of food and beverage vendors participated in the event, with nearly 50 restaurants, caterers, pastry purveyors and beverage companies donating tastes of their wares to guests.

"We are excited that everyone has come out and supported us," said Darrell Paulk, president and CEO of the Child & Family Center. "We hope we don’t run out of food."

Paulk said the support was important for the center.

"It couldn’t happen at a better time for us, we’re having a difficult year economically and we need the support for our kids and families," he said.

The Child & Family Center provides mental health services to families and individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Jill Cox, of Jill’s Cake Creations, crafted a special cake to mark the 25th anniversary of Taste of the Town.

"It shows a little bit of the history of the event, from where it started at the Piru Mansion of Scott and Ruth Newhall (former owners of The Signal) to when it moved to the Castaic Lake Water Agency gardens to where it is now at Mann Biomedical Park," she said.

The ornate cake, which stood almost 4-feet tall, was displayed prominently at Cox’s booth.

Cox has participated in every Taste of the Town, she said.

"It’s a fun event where we can try all these different foods and then decide where we want to go to dinner tonight," she said.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Child & Family Center and Guardians of Hope visit



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