The Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation (SGCEF) Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the Springville Health and Fitness Club located at 243 West Main Street in Springville.

This year’s major grant recipient is the Springville-Griffith Technology and Engineering Program in support of their purchase of a specialized CNC laser, which will be used across the technology, art and business curriculum at the school. The CNC laser is an extremely versatile tool which can cut or engrave on materials such as wood, acrylic, fabric, glass, cardboard, ceramic and anodized aluminum, allowing students to make professional projects, prototypes and templates and create work at a higher level.

“I’ve been a teacher for 10 years now, nine of those at Grand Island where I helped to take a technology program on the verge of collapse to becoming one of the best in Western New York. This past year I decided to come home to the school that gave me my start,” said SGI Technology teacher Jonathan Shelley. “Here in Springville we are in desperate need of some new equipment that will allow our students to perform at new levels. The CNC laser is that tool; it’s quick and easy and very affordable to run.”

Mr. Shelly continued, “We are striving to develop classes and curriculum that will allow students to thrive in our technical world, as well as help to develop a creative passionate learner. It also an amazing motivator for students to create things they never thought they could.”

The CNC laser will be unveiled at the Wine Tasting that evening, with Shelley providing live laser demonstrations engraving glass mugs.

The 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.

“Over the past 10 years, the education foundation has given back over $275,000 to our community with the help of so many sponsors, volunteers and attendees at our annual wine tasting,” said SGCEF President Grover Riefler. “This year, we are proud to support the Springville-Griffith Institute Technology program as our major grant awardee and look forward to the exciting learning opportunities our students will develop with the purchase of this new equipment.”

Entertainment for the evening includes the Springville Jazz Orchestra and Joe Wagner and Company. And a number of well-loved local area restaurants including Jake and the Fatman, Edible Crush, Julie’s Pizzeria, Papa Jake’s, Main Street Cafe, JD’s Brew Pub and Tim Horton’s will provide delicious appetizers for the event to be paired with a wide variety of wines for tasting.

Tickets for this event are $30 and available at the door or for purchase at Springville Hardware & Homeware, located at 46 East Main Street, Springville.

With a decade of community support, the SGCEF, through their grant programs, has supported local organizations including the Boys & Girls Club, Springville Rails to Trails, Concord Historical Society Heritage Building, The Children’s League, Mercy Flight of WNY and many others.  If you’re interested in supporting the SGCEF through a sponsorship or donation, please call (716) 345-0324. Volunteers of all different backgrounds and availability are always needed and welcome.

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