The halls of Iroquois High School were filled with hundreds of people and the smell of food on Sunday for the annual Taste of East Erie. But this event is more than just about the food.
"School budgets have been cut out so much in the last few years, there are so many things in the district the school district would have funded but they can no longer fund, and we give an avenue for that," said Ina Rae Corey, President of the Iroquois School District Foundation.
This has been the Iroquois School District Foundation's biggest fundraiser for the past seven years now. It's something the community says they're happy to come out and support.
"I've had 5 kids who graduated from here, and I have 3 grand kids who I hope come here," said Jeff Harvey of Lawrence Park. "I love the school, love the people, love the environment."
Harvey said this is also great event to help show off the local business the Lawrence Park area has, and vendors there agree.
"Its awesome to just get out there and let people try your product," said Lea O'Connell, owner of Ye Ole Sweet Shoppe. "You don't realize that people haven't tasted your cupcakes or cookies, so its just really awesome to let them try it."
Even with all the exposure to their businesses, those participating say they're just happy to give back to the community.
"Lawrence Park is a small district in the area of schools and its just really good that they have this foundation," said Becky Standley, owner of The Lawrence Park Dinor.
Its just really great that it goes to a good cause."
All proceeds will be going to the students and teachers, helping fund programs and projects they have planned.