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Eighth Annual Plain and Fancy Food Fest Returns to Fox Chase Cancer Center

The Phillie Phanatic, a caricature artist, music and scrumptious food from the area's finest restaurants highlight the increasingly popular "Plain & Fancy: A Taste of the Greater Delaware Valley." This year's event takes place in the lush courtyard of Fox Chase Cancer Center on Saturday, June 10 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The eighth annual food fest benefits cancer research and patient care at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

For less than the cost of dining out, Plain and Fancy allows guests to sample delicious specialties from 54 of the region's top dining establishments including Felicia's Restaurant, Buca Di Beppo, Joseph Poon Asian Fusion Restaurant, Outback Steakhouse and Old City Coffee.

Toto Schiavone of Toto in Center City and Claire DiLullo of Moonstruck Restaurant in Northeast Philadelphia are this year's honorary culinary chairs. Radio personality Bill " Wee Willie" Webber of 950 WPEN-AM will host the festivities.

At $30 per person, admission proceeds for the evening of great tastes will directly benefit Fox Chase Cancer Center. The mouth-watering array of food, wines and sweets will be donated by the dining, wine and food establishments taking part. In addition to the feast, entertainment will include music and an array of tantalizing raffle and silent auction prizes. Reservations are required at 215-728-2441 and parking is free.

The event is coordinated by the Center's volunteer Board of Associates. Board of Associates' chapters represent more than 700 volunteers who carry out fundraising and educational activities in support of the Center.

"Every ticket we sell means more money that goes straight to cancer research and to help care for people who have this disease," said Judith Goldberg, president of the Board of Associates. "Last year, we raised $75,000! Certainly, we thank the people who come out, and we owe our gratitude to the restaurants, wineries and food companies for making this event a priority."

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at:

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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