By Alicia Dziak

The Children’s League, located on North St. in Springville, has been in operation since 1961.  Originally known as The League For The Handicapped Preschool Learning Center, it went through a name change a few years ago.  As the Children’s League has continued to grow and evolve, the need for more space,  specifically the need for a multi-purpose room, has been recognized.

According to a recent press release, this past year, Soderholm Engineering Associates, Orchard Park, NY completed a feasibility study which developed design and construction costs for The Children’s League.  This addition will include: a multi-purpose room for large group gatherings that can also be used as an indoor playground during inclement weather, an evaluation room for therapists, a classroom, a kitchen, and bathrooms. The $1.5M project will need help from fundraisers, as well as grant money.

One fundraiser effort is Maple Madness, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Springville, which will be held on Saturday, June 2 at Wendel’s Sugar House, at 12502 Vaughan St. in East Concord.

“The Kiwanis Club of Springville and Kiwanis International share a mission to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children,” explained Margaret Chapman, event co-chairperson of the Kiwanis Club of Springville.

She said that Springville Kiwanis first became involved in supporting The Children’s League’s programs eight years ago by holding their first 5k race to raise funds for its Autism Program.  “Upon developing a working relationship with The Children’s League, awareness was raised as to the need for adding on a multi-purpose room to allow development of space for large group family events and a place for the children to engage in much needed movement activities, especially during the winter when the playground is not available,” Chapman said.

According to Chapman, five years ago, the Niagara Frontier South Division of Kiwanis initiated fundraising efforts for this project.  They recognized that The Children League provided valuable services to children and their families within the Division’s geographical area that is composed of 17 clubs across WNY.

Two years ago, Marty Wendel, owner of Wendel’s Poultry, offered to sponsor the event locally at his place of business free of charge.  “The Wendel family is very community-oriented and willing to help in any way they can,” noted Chapman. “It’s their way to give back to a community that supports them.  Wendel’s Sugar Shack is a perfect place for people to gather and enjoy fellowship.  Maple syrup provides a sweet theme to build upon.”

Maple Madness is a 21 and over event, and will be held on Saturday, June 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $20 and includes music by JT & Jon Law, light refreshments, a silent auction and maple tastings. Guests are invited to enter a maple appetizer and/or maple dessert with a chance to win a prize for the best! Beer, wine and pop will also be available for purchase.

Donations are also needed for auction items, contest prizes, or sponsorships with monetary donations.   The Children’s League is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization and all donations are considered tax deductible.  If you would like to make a donation please make checks payable to The Children’s League c/o Margaret Chapman, Kiwanis Representative, The Children’s League, 393 North St., Springville, NY 14141.

Pre-sale tickets are available at Wendel’s and at the Children’s League, and those buying theirs pre-sale will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to Jake’s Greenhouse. Tickets will also be avilable at the door.

“People who come are assured they are supporting and improving the quality of programs for the children and their families that attend The Children’s League,” noted Chapman.     

Monies raised go directly to The Children’s League multi-purpose room account.

Future fundraisers that also support The Children’s League include:

Aug. 4 -9, Annual Christine Padasak Memorial Autism Awareness 5K & Family Fun Walk ( funds raised to support training and to purchase educational materials).

Sept. 22 – 7th Annual Night Under the Stars this year at the Springville Country Club ( funds raised to support general funds).