Two people stand beside a table with a purple tablecloth on it.
A scene from the Ashland County Cancer Association's 2023 Taste of Ashland Event. The event took place on Nov. 9, 2023, and saw the largest turnout yet, said Angela Woodward, the association's executive director.

ASHLAND — The Ashland County Cancer Association hosted its Taste of Ashland event Thursday night, drawing a crowd of more than 350 to Ashland University’s convocation center for the annual fundraiser.

“All the proceeds go directly toward the services we provide to residents fighting cancer,” said Angela Woodward, the executive director of the Ashland County Cancer Association.

That turnout made this year’s Taste of Ashland event the largest ever, Woodward said. She credited the larger turnout to hosting the event at Ashland University. It’s a larger venue than they’ve used for the event before.

The event featured 20 vendors, all sharing samples of food options around the county. Attendees had a chance to sample frozen yogurt, pizza, pasta and more.

A silent auction featured 59 raffle baskets. People could enter their names for a 50-50 raffle, too.

The fundraiser is the organization’s second largest each year. Its rummage sale, hosted during the summer, brings in the most cash.

“I want to thank the vendors, people who donated the raffle baskets and the Ashland community that supports a local cancer association,” Woodward said.

The Life section is supported by Brethren Care Village in Ashland.

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