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

PHILADELPHIA (May 18, 1999) -- The Philly 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 5 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The seventh 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 48 of the region's top dining establishments. Some of this year's participants include Isabella's, Montgomery Grill, Philippe on Locust, Toto and Chaddsford Winery. A special return appearance to this year's gala is Manna Catering, a Philadelphia business raising money for Manna which feeds people who are home-bound with AIDS.

Philippe Chin, master chef of Philippe on Locust, returns as this year's honorary culinary chair and Dean Tyler, 950 WPEN-AM radio morning show anchor, 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 additional to the feast, entertainment will include music and an array of tantalizing raffles and silent auction prizes.

The event is coordinated by the Center's volunteer Board of Associates. Reservations are required. To request invitations, call 215-728-2441. Board of Associates' chapters represent more than 700 volunteers who carry out fund-raising 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 terrible 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."

"Plain and Fancy gets deliciously larger every year," Goldberg adds. "The number of vendors has more than doubled since the event began in 1993."

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 35 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research; prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach programs.

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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