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Buena Pizza Delivered Best Tasting Plain Slice During Westfield Area YMCA Pizza Palooza

Buona Pizza beat 7 other local pizzerias at the Westfield Area Y's first-ever Pizza Palooza Sunday. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Westfield Area Y's Pizza Palooza was held Sunday. Committee of staff and volunteers: (L to R) Sharon London, Loretta Marthaws, Ann Marie Petersen, Patti Moulton, Rob Faggiano.  Credits: Bobbie Peer
Families enjoyed the relaxed amosphere while getting to meet local Pizzeria owners. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Westfield Area Y volunteer Ann Marie Petersen and event organizer Sharon London hand out pizza at Sunday's Pizza Palooza fundraiser. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Westfield YMCA Aquatic staff and volunteers organized the Pizza Palooza fundraiser. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Aquatic Director Rob Faggiano thanked crowd for attending first-ever Pizza Palooza at the Westfield Area Y. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Westfield Area Y aquatic staff and volunteers helped hand out pizza at Pizza Palooza. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer

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."

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