”A TASTE OF BALDWINSVILLE” 2012
Thanks to everyone who came out to support us at our 2012 major fundraiser “A Taste of Baldwinsville” on May 19th! Nearly 350 people enjoyed an evening of delicious “tastings” provided by sixteen area restaurants and food vendors serving up pizza, wings, Thai dishes, specialty sandwiches, appetizers, granola, cheesecakes and cupcakes. Anheuser-Busch beverages, a variety of wine from Swedish Hill and also iced tea and iced coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts and soda donated by Coca-Cola helped to quench everyone’s thirst!
The event was held again at the Central New York Family Sports Centre on Jones Road which is the perfect venue for an event this size. New this year was the sound of tunes playing all night from DJ Platinum G – Rachel Grage which served as a nice backdrop while attendees enjoyed eating, drinking and bidding on the wide array of auction items.
Our panel of celebrity judges this year were Pete Ramim, owner of the Silver Knights and CNYFSC; Jon Ramin, General Manager of the Silver Knights; Tommy Tanner, head coach of the Silver Knights; Danny Hall and Slavisa Ubiparipov, both players on the Silver Knights team.
And the winners of the Judges’ Choice awards went to: Best Presentation/Plate: Sammy Malone’s; Best Table/Booth: Hometown Pizza; Best Appetizer: Appethaizing Thai Restaurant; Best Sandwich: Sammy Malone’s; Best Pizza: Pizza Man; Best House Specialty: Appethaizing Thai Restaurant; Best Chicken Wings: Sal’s Pizzeria and Best Dessert: Sweet Rebecca’s Cupcakes.
The People’s Choice Awards went to: Best Appetizer: Yummies Cheesecakes; Best Sandwich: Sammy Malone’s; Best Pizza: Pizza Man; Best House Specialty: Appethaizing Thai Restaurant; Best Wings: Quaker Steak & Lube and Best Dessert: Tabatha’s Family Tree.
We also want to thank all of the other restaurants and food vendors for participating: Cam’s Pizzeria; Deb’s Sweet Treats; Groovy Granola; Hometown Pizzeria; Jreck Subs; Les Gateaux Specialty Cakes; TOPS Market and Wegman’s.
We received very generous support from the following sponsors: CNY Family Sports Centre; WSEN; Avalon Document Services; McHarrie Life Senior Community; Evans Chevrolet; Holmes, King, Kallquist & Associates; Hudson & Mowins; Keller Williams Realty – Tony Paone Group; Sabre Demolition; Tassone’s Wine Garden; University Hill Gastroenterology Associates; Alliance Bank; Baker Real Estate – Jack Baker; Bano Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance; Barnes Memorials; Barton & Louguidice; BIO-Med Express; Bond, Schoeneck & King – Kevin Bernstein; Christmas Tree Stables; Decorative Touch Painting; Electro-Lines; Falardeau Funeral Home; Farrell, Martin & Barnell; Fulton Savings Bank; Hayden Insurance Agency; RealtyUSA – Barb Ciricillo; Hills, Farnham & Hills Insurance; HomePro of CNY; Hovey Properties; Indian Springs Manufacturing; InFocus Advisors; James P. Nobles Inc.; Baker Real Estate – Jim Honsinger; Keller Williams Realty – Andrea Gagas; Lysander Youth Hockey; Nobles Tire & Service; P.A. Blasi Construction; Plumley Engineering; Prime Lending – Jason Miller; R & R Roofing Contracting Corp.; RealtyUSA – Sherrie Scheiwiller & Tom Fitzgibbons; Reeves Farms; Research & Marketing Strategies; SG Arvantides, DDS; SECNY Federal Credit Union; Seneca Federal Savings & Loan; State Farm Insurance – Lindsy Luu; Territory Mortgage; The Auction Solution; Warm Morning Insulation and Key Bank.
And last but not least, a huge thank you to all of the volunteers that helped at the bar, registation tables, auction supervisors and at check-out and to our teen volunteers from Key Club and their advisor, Mrs. Rubadou who were an amazing help throughout the entire evening and stayed to clean up too!
It takes months of planning to put on a fundraiser this size and the Volunteer Center appreciates the many hours and the incredible talent and dedication of this year’s fundraising committee:
Chairperson – Andrea Gagas
Co-chair – Maureen Fleming
Restaurant/Food Vendor Chair – Elaine Gagas
Restaurant Co-chair – Andrea Gagas
Judges – Maureen Fleming
Logistics – Jim Honsinger
Auction – Kim Presley
Auction Co-chair – Megan O’Donnell
Publicity – Megan O’Donnell
Graphic Design – Lisa Santoro
Volunteer Coordinator – Mike Shepard
Please enjoy the wonderful pictures from our 2012 “Taste of Baldwinsville”, courtesy of Rich Corless and hope to see you next year!
The 2011 “A Taste of Baldwinsville” fundraising event was enjoyed by a little over 500 people on Saturday night, March 5th at the CNY Family Sports Centre. The evening was filled with great food from 14 area restaurants, an assortment of Anheuser-Busch beverages and wine from Swedish Hill Winery. Attendees were entertained throughout the evening by Foolsbrew with John Thayer. The auctioneer for the live auction portion was Bernie Brzostek and there was a wide array of items to bid on in the silent auction.
Judging the many “tastes” supplied by 14 of our area restaurants this year were teachers from the Baldwinsville Central School District: Mike Scuderi & Jason Glashauser from Baker; Julie Sennett from Reynolds; Deb Mosher from Durgee and Katie Reap from Van Buren. Attendees were also able to vote for their favorite “tastes” for the People’s Choice awards.
And the winners for this year are:
Judge’s Choice: Sal’s Pizzeria
People’s Choice: Sal’s Pizzeria
Judge’s Choice: Hometown Pizzeria
People’s Choice: Pizza Man
Best House Specialty
Judge’s Choice: Pucello’s
People’s Choice: Pucello’s
Best Sandwich or Wrap
Judge’s Choice: Sammy Malone’s
People’s Choice: Sammy Malone’s
Best After Dinner Delights:
Judge’s Choice: Edible Arrangements
People’s Choice: Tops Markets
Judge’s Choice: Fresh Mex Mexican Grill
People’s Choice: Fresh Mex Mexican Grill
Two new awards given this year: Best Presentation/Plate went to Edible Arrangements and Best Table/Booth went to Pizza Man
We want to thank all of the other restaurants who participated this year:
Jreck Subs, Ramona’s Dressings, Sportside 31, Twin Trees, Wegmans and Tabatha’s Family Tree. We appreciate their support!
Many thanks again goes to our host and major sponsor for the event, the CNY Family Sports Centre – it is through their generosity that we are able to hold a fundraiser of this size.
We also want to thank our other major sponsors: Syracuse Home Health & Rehab Center and WSEN 92.1 FM. The event would not be possible without the support of the many other sponsors and donors of auction items and we really appreciate them too!
And last but not least, a HUGE thank you to the volunteers who helped out that night and especially the members of Key Club with their advisor, Sheila Heaton!
Hats off to our amazing fundraising committee who started working on this event in October; we appreciate all of their time and talent to make this such a successful fundraiser for the Volunteer Center!
The 2011 “A Tatse of Baldwinsville” Committee is:
Chairperson: Christine Monica
Sponsorships: Yvette Bishoff
Auction: Wendy VanDerWater & Heather Delmonico
Logistics: Jim Honsinger
Volunteers: Yvette Bishoff
Restaurants: Andrea Gagas
Judges: Maureen Fleming & Linda Bartlett
Publicity: Megan O’Donnell
Graphics: Lisa Santoro
Additional Support Member: Mike Ceravole
We are always looking for more people to join our fundraising team. Please give us a call at the Volunteer Center at 638-0251 if you think you’d be interested!
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