Pizza eaters raise money for cancer research


Jessica Matthews

Leanna Hendershott and Julianna Costanzo (right) serve pizza at the Interact annual pizza taste-off.

EMMA PADDOCK, Staff Writer

Thick crust or thin? Sweet sauce or savory? Who has the best overall pizza on Cape Ann?

Last week, twelve pizza parlors from Gloucester, Rockport and Essex competed for this distinction at the GHS Interact Club’s 8th Annual Pizza Taste-Off.

Crowds lined up for the Taste-Off as a fundraiser to support the American Cancer Society

The event, held at Cruiseport Gloucester,  raised more than $1800 dollars from ticket sales, with an additional $51 raised from a tip jar. Throughout the night, tickets sold out 3 times.

Though the night was planned to support cancer research, everybody wanted to know who would receive the awards for best crust, best sauce, and best overall.

This year, Sebastian’s took home the gold in all three categories, surprising the ticket counters.

“Overall, I would consider this year’s pizza taste-off to be a great success,” said Interact board member Kate Parisi, “not only selling out all tickets but also incorporating the efforts of the E-club.”

This was the eighth year the pizza taste-off happened but the first year the GHS Environmental club got involved.

In the corner of the room there were bins not only for trash but also for compost and recycling arranged by the GHS Environmental-Club. The compost was picked up at the end of the night by Black-Earth, a company that picks up compost like the city picks up our trash.

In the end, people had a really great time, eating and judging the pizza. “I had a really good time and so did my parents,” said senior Amy Fitzgerald, “I love Pizza!”