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HAMMONTON - The 13th annual Taste of the Town was held at Hammonton High School on Sunday.

The theme for this year’s fundraising event was “Through the Years — Celebrating 150 Years.” The theme was in recognition of the sesquicentennial of Hammonton.

Twenty-two vendors participated in this year’s event, including Illiano’s Ristorante, Maplewood Inn and Sweet Creations.

“We were very happy to participate” said Jill Wong, owner of Sweet Creations. Her table was full of vanilla and chocolate cake samples along with a variety of cake pops.

Wawa and Dunkin’ Donuts set up tables at the event as well. “It was great to see the bigger corporations involved,” said Toni Galletta, chairperson for the Hammonton Education Foundation.

The Hammonton High School Culinary Club also prepared food for the event. Every dish the club made had blueberries in the recipe, including their Italian meatballs, which were served in a blueberry sauce.

Numerous students volunteered to help at the fundraiser. Students also provided the entertainment by playing live music.

Sandy DiFilippo of Sweet Water came to the event because “I just love supporting the foundation and enjoying the food.”

Along with the numerous food offerings, attendees had the chance to play in a 50-50 raffle and silent auction.

The event has helped to raise more than $350,000 to help local schools enhance the quality of education for children. This year’s event raised approximately $15,000.

Vendors donated the food they provided and several local businesses donated the decorations. BB&T was the major sponsor.

To learn more about the Hammonton Educational Foundation and other fundraisers that they will be holding, please visit www.hefonline.org.

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