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Taste of Baldwinsville raises $20K

The 2011 Taste of Baldwinsville drew approximately 500 people. With 14 restaurants offering their finest samplings, attendees had a wide variety of foods to choose from at the March 5 event.

The Taste of Baldwinsville, a fundraiser for the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center (BVC), brings area restaurants together to compete for Judge's and People's choice awards. Attendees also have the opportunity to bid on a variety of items donated by individuals and local businesses in both a silent and live auction. All proceeds benefit the BVC. This year's event raised about $20,000, which will provide for about one-third of the BVC's annual operating budget.

"It means a great deal to us that people in our community not only come to the event to support us but that so many businesses help us out through their sponsorship of the event and that 14 restaurants prepare all of that food and have extra staff on hand to man their booth at the event while dealing with a busy Saturday night back at their restaurants," said Nancy Conley, executive director of the BVC. "We can't thank them enough for showing us this level of support."

According to Conley, donations come from businesses, school groups, organizations, neighborhoods and individuals.

"This year there were around 130 or so items for people to bid on," she said. "[It's] so hard to measure the value or worth to a small non-profit like us that relies 100 percent on community support for our funding - it makes me feel like we must be doing something right."

Conley also noted the importance of volunteers for an event this size. She said the volunteer fundraising committee began organizing the event last October and "put in many hours to make it all happen." Baker High School's Key Club also volunteered the day of the event.

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