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Taste of B'ville draws crowd of 600-plus

The live auction, which began at 9:30 p.m., was run by Bob Mack of TW Conroy Associates. It featured items such as a basketball signed by this year's Syracuse University basketball team, an aerial photograph of Baldwinsville, and a Canadian getaway weekend. A one-year new family membership to the Greater Syracuse YMCA brought in the most money in the live auction, selling for $310.

Entertainment for the night was provided by local band Ten Years Later. The band, made up of Aaron Bullis, Jon Bullis, Jeremy Melowling, and John Lerner, donated their time and sound system, and played a variety of music before the start of the live auction.

A Taste of Baldwinsville was staffed by volunteers from the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center and teen volunteers. While some teenagers were connected to the event through family and friends, others got involved through Baker High School's Key Club, a volunteer organization. Mason Collins and Sean Bernstein, both juniors at Baker, said they had been at the CNY Family Sports Centre hours before the event to set up, and would stay until the end to help clean.

"Everything is looking good," Collins said. "People really seem to be enjoying it."

Trish Hipolito, co-chair of A Taste of Baldwinsville with the volunteer center, said the event provides 60 percent of the center's annual budget. She said the 400 tickets available for sale to the general public had sold out the Monday prior, and more than 200 additional tickets were given to volunteers and sponsors.

"We're very happy with the ticket sales, our sponsors and the restaurants," she said. "We just wish the weather was better!"

A Taste of Baldwinsville is the major annual fundraising event for the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center. The event features restaurants from around Baldwinsville competing in several categories of food. Twenty different restaurants participated in this year's contest.

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