Now throw in the words “all you can eat,” balloons, a raffle, a photo booth and live music from Misty Blues and you’ll want to mark your calendar for the seventh annual “Slice of Life” pizza tasting event, held Saturday, April 8, 6-9 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Ballroom in Pittsfield.
An anticipated 300-400 attendees are expected, offering the chance to sample slices from restaurants throughout the county as they vie to compete in categories including “best sauce,” “best crust,” “most unique” and overall “best pizza.”
The complete list of restaurants has yet to be finalized, but last year’s participants included Arizona Pizza, Betty’s Pizza Shack, Dewey’s Public House, the Rainbow Restaurant, Lanesboro Pizza House, and Berkshire Mountain Bakery.
Support for Moments House
The event, however, is more than fun and bragging rights to the best pizza.
It also happens to the biggest fundraiser for Moments House, founded by Alice Trumbull, along with her daughter Danielle Trumbull after their mutual friend, Linda Palivoda, died in 2010 after a long battle with breast cancer.
“We offer free programs and services to anyone who has been impacted by a cancer diagnosis,” Alice Trumbull said. “We understand that when someone has cancer, everyone who cares about that person is affected.”
Moments House works with licensed practitioners to offer reiki, massage, foot reflexology, acupuncture, healing touch, yoga, and aromatherapy. Trumbull and team offer art therapy, kid’s activities, legal services, financial services, a lending library and a free wig bank, along with end-of-life doula support.
For kids, “Slice of Life” is not only a fun night out, but a chance to get involved.
“They learn about how our community is caring for our families impacted by cancer,” Trumbull said. “And by learning about people with cancer, it becomes less scary for them if they should, in some way, be affected.”
Trumbull explains that she and her staff of volunteers go into classrooms, host after school programs and work with scout troops and service groups to “show them that no one is too young to make a difference,” she said.
“We have many kids who organize fundraisers for us, ask for donations in lieu of birthday gifts, make fleece blankets for our members, paint rocks or do other crafts to brighten their days,” Trumbull said.
“Moments House is the perfect example of how everyone, doing their own little bit, allows us together to do big things!” she said.
Tickets are available in advance at Moments House, 2 South St. Suite 2 in Pittsfield or online at momentshouse.org. Pre-sale tickets are $20 for adults, kids $5 (under 5 re free). Tickets at the door will be $25 for adults and $7 for kids over 5 years old. Proceeds from the event will benefit services for those afflicted with cancer. Be sure to visit the Moments House Facebook page for more details.