DeWitt: Benefit aids Elmcrest Children's Center

Carnegie Caf (c) and Catering made first choice meatballs at the fifth annual "Meatball Madness" held Sunday at Drumlins in DeWitt. It was one of a dozen local restaurants that submitted their saucy selection to a panel of 11 judges comprised of well known names in Syracuse.

Each year the benefit raises money for and public awareness about Elmcrest Children's Center, a Syracuse-based agency that provides residential and community-based services for children and families in trouble or in need. In the past, this fundraiser has raised as much as $10,000.

"That's a good chunk of money for us," said John Henley, executive director at Elmcrest. "It goes a long way."

All the proceeds go toward the center's services and programs that include group emergency foster care, long term residential treatment, agency-operated boarding homes and early education.

For more information about the center, visit elmcrest.org.

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