By Alicia Dziak

If you live in Springville or any of the surrounding communities, chances are you’ve heard of Springville Youth, Inc., better known as SYI, a non-profit organization that was founded in 1940 and provides recreation services to kids and teens in the SGI school district. Programs range from sports to the arts, and are offered year-round.

In order to continue to offer such a variety of affordable programs, SYI is holding their biggest fundraiser of the year this weekend: A Night at the Derby.

“The funds that we make from the event go toward helping to keep registration affordable for our programs,” said SYI President, Wende Pukay. She noted that costs for these programs through SYI are often less than half of what people in neighboring communities pay.

A Night at the Derby will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14 at St. Al’s Parish Hall, the same location it’s been at for the past couple years. This 21-and-over event combines virtual horse racing with a night of competitive spirit, food and merriment.

Although this event is based on horse racing, you don’t need to know anything about horse racing to participate and have fun. The night includes 11 action-packed races featuring actual high quality video taped races of real thoroughbreds projected on a large screen with actual race announcers calling each race. Guests can “wager” on each race for a chance to win big.

In addition, tickets include snacks like pulled pork, as well as beer, wine and other beverages served up by some of SYI’s friendly board members.

Anyone who has attended this event in the past knows A Night at the Derby is a guaranteed good time! You’re sure to see many familiar faces laughing it up as they cheer their horse to victory.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20 each or 2 for $30. For more info, visit