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'Taste of the U' brought hundreds to Jackson Medical Mall for fundraiser

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The "Taste of the U" drew hundreds to the Jackson Medical Mall for a giant party and fundraiser Saturday night.

The event is sponsored by the University of Mississippi Medical Center. It raises money for the UMMC Alliance, which is a patients needs fund.

Booths with themes like Mardi Gras, Star Wars and the Wizard of Oz offer food, desserts and other tasty treats.

Last year's "Taste of the U" raised nearly $60,000. That money was used to purchase special equipment for the children's justice center.

The equipment helps determine if a child has been abused.

"They take away a sense of community. A lot of the people serving are students and professors and staff members that you see throughout your day at the medical center, but you may not recognize them dressed up as jar binks,"  said Jack Mazurak, UMMC Spokesman.

This is the event's 23rd year.

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