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Fossil’s holds annual chowder event

Fossil’s Last Stand, 429 Race St., Catasauqua, presented its eighth annual ChowderFest March 20.

This event features a buffet of different chowders that run the gamut from classic New England clam chowder to trendy cauliflower vegan recipes by local amateur chefs.

“We have always some great-tasting chowder, and the different styles make a great event for the crowd,” said Jackie Russ-Harford, Fossil’s owner.

Each participant made a donation, which allowed them to taste all the chowders and vote for their favorite one.

This year, there were 10 chowder contestants at the event. The first-place chowder was made by Stephanie Hanniel, with Michael Mueller placing second and Aaron Lipko in third.

The event is a fundraiser for No Kill Lehigh Valley and Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab (FURR). Both organizations are no-kill, nonprofit animal groups dedicated to providing shelter, medical care and rehoming to animals in need. Fossil’s donates the proceeds of the annual event to these groups each year.

“Everyone that supports us is a volunteer,” Russ-Harford said. “The money we receive is used for food and medicine. Neuter procedures are performed by vets at low cost.”

PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMIL Sabrina Sabatino and Jackie Russ-Harford, of Fossil's Last Stand, join Joanne Carty and Kathy McCarthy-Yialama, of Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab (FURR), during the ChowderFest event March 20.
Seth Clause, Sabatino, Jackson Harford and Russ-Harford take a moment together at the eighth annual event, hosted by Fossil's, 429 Race St., Catasauqua. Proceeds from the chowder contest went to No Kill Lehigh Valley and FURR.
The basket raffle is an important part of the event each year.
Stephanie Hanniel, Michael Mueller and Aaron Lipko are the first-, second- and third-place winners, respectively, at the event.