By Jennifer Weber

The Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation (SGCEF) Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the Springville Health and Fitness Club located at 243 West Main Street in Springville.

Tickets for this event are $30 and are available at Springville Health & Fitness at 243 West Main Street, Haddad Agency at 410 Waverly Street and the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce at 23 North Buffalo Street in Springville.

Entertainment for the evening includes the Springville Jazz Orchestra and Joe Wagner and Company. A number of well-loved local area restaurants will provide delicious appetizers for the event to be paired with a wide variety of wines for tasting.

Over the past nine years, SGCEF has given back over $250,000 to the community through their grant programs including Springville Rails to Trails, Concord Historical Society Heritage Building, The Children’s League and Mercy Flight of WNY.

This year’s major grant recipient is the Boys & Girls Club of Springville in support of their SMART Moves Drug Prevention program.

The SMART Moves program is an international drug resistance program for young people ages 6 to 15 which involves discussion and role playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence.

“Our goal is to promote abstinence from substance abuse through the practice of responsible behavior,”  said Jessica Johnson, board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Springville. “This program is interactive and designed to build a trusting relationship among the young people who come to our club, their peers and our staff.”

The money raised at the event will be used to purchase and install eight computers with editing software, as well as a project for presentations. The balance of the money will be used for staffing, training, materials and community outreach, and to hire a program coordinator and three additional staff to run the SMART Moves program.

The Boys & Girls Club of Springville currently serves approximately 500 young people yearly, and that number is continuing to grow.  Their mission is “to enable all young people, especially those who need use the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens in our community.”

The SMART Moves program is not only consistent with this mission, but it is designed to save the lives of all young people involved and those closest to them.

SGCEF is dedicated to enhancing and expanding opportunities for students and their communities served by the school district and serves as an advocate for promoting and fostering collaborations.

If you’re interested in supporting SGCEF and the Boys & Girls Club of Springville SMART Moves program through a sponsorship or donation, please call (716) 592-9337 or go to for more information.   Volunteers of all different backgrounds and availability