WESTFIELD, NJ - Buena Pizza beat out seven other local pizzerias that participated in the Westfield Area YMCA's first ever Pizza Palooza competition for the best-tasting slice of plain pizza Sunday afternoon at the Main Y Facility located on Clark Street in Westfield.

The 8 participating Westfield and Garwood pizzerias donated 14 pies each --   Benvenuti's, Buona Pizza, Casa Di Pizza, Dominos, Ferraro's, Gennaro's, Rudy's and Sorrento's -- enough for the 200+ guests to try a slice from each pizzeria and vote for their favorite. 

"Thank you to the pizza places -- great food donated for this event so that all dollars can go towards helping people that need the Y. That's what this event is about -- helping everybody to enjoy the Y," said Rob Faggiano, YMCA Aquatics Director. 

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The event raised $1,600 for the Westfield Area Y Annual Support Campaign, which provides over $400,000 in direct financial assistance to individuals and families in need to enable their participation at the Y.  Approximately 90 percent of scholarship awards enable children to attend child care and day camp programs while approximately 10% supports membership and program participation.  

"This family event helps to raise funds for the Y while also showcasing local businesses," said Sharon London, YMCA Aquatic Director, adding, "it's a win-win."