Robert and Susan Sorensen, Heather Svalina and Thomas Militello are the recipients of the annual Milky Awards during this year’s Springville
Center for the Arts Gala, set for June 15.

The Springville Center for the Arts will hold its 10th annual Gala and Mini-Golf tournament Saturday, June 15 at the center on Buffalo Street.
Beginning at 6 p.m., the event includes food, drink, entertainment and a nine-hole mini-golf course crafted by local artists.
The course is set up around the 1869 former church that houses the center’s programs. The winning team is awarded the Coiltown Cup at the end of the evening.
Local wines will be provided by Savage Winery. Guests can try a brisket burger or gourmet grilled cheese from local food truck Moocheesy, served by Robyn Bacon. BBQ and American cuisine will be served at the Whole Hog, helmed by Kathleen Haggerty.
Coffee, soft drinks and sweet snacks will be provided by Art’s Cafe. Additional food tickets will be available for purchase, so guests can try them all.
Ragweed will bring the sounds a hammer dulcimer, double bass and mandolin under the basket raffle tent.
Always a popular draw, this year’s silent auction will feature experiences to try, such as a personal painting session with local artist Judson Brown; a German longsword lesson; a two night stay at the Olmsted camp; a private tae-kwon-do self-defense seminar for a group of ten; a two-session private photography lesson; a two night stay at the Holiday Valley wildflower condo; a garden makeover with Tina Szeluwski, Certified Master Gardener and more.  All proceeds from the event support the center’s busy summer programming.
Later in the evening, the annual Milky Awards honor outstanding volunteers. This year’s recipients are longtime members Robert and Susan Sorensen, artist Tom Militello and volunteer Heather Svalina.
Robert and Susan Sorensen first became involved with community theater in Springville in 1967 in the school’s production of “My Fair Lady.” They both signed the incorporation papers for The Springville Players, the predecessor of SCA, in 1974.
Bob and Sue have worked on about 125 out of 140 Springville Player’s productions and have been instrumental in the formation of SCA. They have served on the board, on various committees and continue to volunteer to this day.
Heather Svalina began volunteering as an usher for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 2017. Since then she has worked backstage, in the light booth and during events like Art Crawl and gala. It seems that whenever a helping hand is needed, Heather is there supporting the organization.
Thomas Militello has been avidly exploring glasswork since 2009. His milky award recognizes his unique marble exhibit recently displayed at SCA, “Color Suspended,” as well as his personal artistic growth that serves as a model for all of us. He has become a true champion for the arts in our area.
Son BoriKua will perform on the main stage at 8:30 p.m., after the award ceremony. Keeping with the tradition of Afro Cuban-Puerto Rican musical heritage, Son BoriKua will bring a vibe of life with son montuno and tropical Caribbean groove from the guitars and rhythms backed by a chorus and at times a wailing trumpet.
Pre-sale tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 592-9038 or online at Tickets purchased at the door are $30 and kids 18 and under are free with adult purchase. With the purchase of a ticket, you get one food ticket good at either food truck, unlimited drinks, entertainment and mini-golf.
The Gala and Mini-Golf Tournament will take place at Springville Center for the Arts, 37 North Buffalo St., Springville. The event starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15.
For more information, call 592-9038 or visit