New Volunteers Welcome

Posted in News on May 26th, 2014 by Kara Kane – Comments Off

The Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation will hold its next meeting on June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Papa Jake’s in Springville. We are looking for new volunteers and potential board members who are committed to helping us fulfill our mission, which is:

The foundation aims to bridge the widening gap between tax funds and the ever-increasing costs and needs of providing a great public education and quality of life for the children in our community.

Volunteers of all different backgrounds and availability are welcome. Contact any board member or email for more information.

Foundation Helps LOVE Inc. “Warm the Children”

Posted in News on December 8th, 2013 by Kara Kane – Comments Off

At our end of the year meeting in December, the foundation board members voted to give a $1000 to Love, Inc. for its annual Warm the Children campaign. This money will go towards Love, Inc.’s program that matches volunteers with local children for a shopping trip to buy warm, Buffalo-weather-appropriate outerwear for the winter.



Wine Tasting and Silent Auction – Results and Sponsors!

Posted in News on December 6th, 2013 by Kara Kane – Comments Off

The Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation raised $42,000 at our Nov. 9 wine tasting and silent auction event, which well exceeded our goal! We gave our $25,000 contribution to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital this week, bringing them one step closer to their goal of installing a nuclear medicine camera for patients and hospital staff in a way that will continue to “keep healthcare local.”

We wish to extend our thanks to the following sponsors, some of whom were not able to be acknowledged in our event program:

Platinum sponsors: Edward H. Butler Foundation, an Anonymous Donor

Gold sponsors: Waste Management, Stephen R. Schunk, MBA, Lamb and Webster, Hannon Excavating and Hannon Site Development

Silver sponsors: Aftermath Restoration, Inc., Agri-Business Insurance (Roland Lunser), Amvets Boston Post No. 219, Michael A. Benson, Attorney, Emerling Chrysler/Dodge and Emerling Ford, Haddad Agency, Gernatt Asphalt Products, Inc., Hodgson Russ, LLP, M&M Holland Propane, McDonald’s of Springville, Peerless-Winsmith, Rayzor’s Dawg House, Law office of Peter J. Sorgi, Esq., Seneca Steel Erectors, Inc.

Bronze sponsors: American Legion-Concord Post 431, Apple Dumplin Restaurant, Bank of Holland, Boston Lions Club, Clear Creek Land Surveyors, Dr. Paul Connelly, Concord Crest Golf Course, Concord Land Realty/Helen Brogan, Creighton, Johnsen & Giroux, Attorneys at Law, Delocon Kitchen and Bath, Fornes Agency, Timothy P. Frank, Attorney, Franklin Street Storage, Joseph and Lynn Giroux, Horschel Brothers Precision, LLC, Mary and Tom Irish, Landscaping and Excavating by Millers, Lehigh Construction, Kelly O’Neal Adams, Attorney, Pioneer Motorsport, R.A. Mercer & Co., P.C., RJR Engineering, Schroder, Joseph & Associates, LLP, Springville Animal Hospital, Springville Volunteer Fire Department, Springville Pediatrics, VFW Post 4260, Wyoming Co. Mental Health Clinic and Chemical Dependency Services

Venue sponsor: Springville Health and Fitness

Wine sponsor: E.J. Gallo

Entertainment: Springville Community Jazz Band, directed by Bill Cocca, Bella A Capella, Ted Winkey and Judy Wright

Masters of Ceremonies: Rick Manzone and Tyler Bursee

Thank you to our event volunteers from Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and volunteers Faye and John Garbay, and Mel Williams.

Special thanks to A&J Rentals, Joe Casino and son.

Food and Refreshments: Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Dr. Deb DiNoto, Mary Hannon, Mary Irish, Linda Joseph, Julie’s Pizza, Kirils, Papa Jake’s, Sysco

Gifts in Kind: DKC Country Ice, Walmart, The Office/John Lauber, Wegmans, Tops

Friends of the Foundation: Colden Fire Company, Fornes Agency, Jake’s Greenhouse and Christmas Trees, East Concord,
Hiscock and Barclay LLP, Holland Willows, Jim Merenick, State Farm Agency, Grover and Elizabeth Riefler

Basket Items

Anything Printed

Beans to Brew Café
Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Departments and Staff
Birdie Bishop
Find her cheeses at the Gentner Auction
Boston Hotel
Boston Valley Gourmet Mushrooms
Judson Brown
Buffalo Ski Club
Racquel Bursee

Carpet World
Ceramics of New York
Ken and Marilyn Heary
Cheap Chollies
Colden Country Kitchen
Colden Country Inn
Colden Lakes Restaurant
Concord Crest Golf Course
Concord Detail
Concord Historical Society
Concord Mechanical

Dr. Deborah DiNoto

Laurel Ebert
Michelle Ecker, RD, CDE
Community Clock Committee

Emerling Jeep

Marcole Feuz
Fireside Inn
Alpha Fountain & Kara Kane
Julie Francisco
Frosty’s Zoar Valley Inn
Michael & Mary Hannon
Shea & Tammy Hannon

Faye Garbay

Heary Bros.
Fred and Tammy Heary
JoAnna Heary
Hideaway Acres, Beverly Gambino
Holland Boys and Girls Club
Holland Hills Country Club
Holland Pharmacy
Holland Willows
Holiday Valley

Mary and Tom Irish

Joyce Jensen
Linda Joseph

Lone Pine Sugar

Main Street Pizzeria and Café
Mark’s Country Store
The Meat Shoppe
Microtel of Springville
M&T Bank
My Best Friend’s Closet

The Oasis
The Office
Mrs. Joe Orffeo

Nancy Phillips

Root 39 Salon

Sheret’s Jewelry
Southtowns Tireman
Spring Creek Athletic Club
Spring Creek Pharmacy
Springville Center for the Arts
Springville Country Club
Springville Griffins Alumni Program
Springville Health & Fitness
Springville Historical Society
Springville Journal
S&S Taxidermy

Three Girls Café
Timothy Frank, Attorney at Law

Village Antiques
Village Optical

Wendel’s Poultry Farm
Ted and Mary Winkey
The Williams Family

Melanie Ziolko

Other Supporters: Attea and Attea, P.C., Delia Bonenberger, Alfred W. Dye Insurance

(*If we missed you or your business on this list, please email karamariek at gmail dot com to be added.)

Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on Nov. 9

Posted in News on October 5th, 2013 by Kara Kane – Comments Off

Our group is enthusiastically planning our sixth annual silent auction and wine tasting event, planned for Saturday, Nov. 9 at Springville Health and Fitness. We’ll open the doors at 6 p.m., and guests will be treated to music from the Springville Jazz Band, delicious treats from restaurants around town, and a wide selection of baskets — something for everyone.

We are soliciting sponsorships and basket items. Please know that the proceeds from this event go to support the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital as it purchases a nuclear medicine camera that will create more options for LOCAL cardiac care.

Tickets are $25 and they will be available at the door.

Sponsorship Levels 2013

Includes full page advertisement in program; eight (8) tickets; event signage and recognition on our web site.
Includes half-page advertisement in program; six (6) tickets; event signage and recognition on our web site.
Includes quarter-page advertisement in program; four (4) tickets; event signage and recognition on our web site
Includes listing with contact information in program; two (2) tickets; recognition on our web site
Friends of the Foundation
Includes listing in program and recognition on our web site

Please make checks payable to the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation.
Please send advertisement information to Kara Kane at ASAP or no later than November 1, 2013. Logos or graphics received after that date may not be included in the program.

$5,000 in Funding Given to Five Local Initiatives

Posted in News on August 26th, 2013 by Kara Kane – Comments Off

The Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation continues its support for local organizations with its latest round of grant funding. At its July meeting, the foundation board approved grant funding for five groups totaling $5,027.

  • SCENe will receive $1,475 in support of its Senior to Senior program, connecting senior citizens with high school seniors in an innovative after school activity in which high school students share computer skills with seniors.
  • Bread of Life Outreach will receive $1,052 in support of a semi-annual newsletter intended to reach both those who use the services of Bread of Life Outreach as well as volunteers and supporters to advance this community service program.
  • The Springville Center for the Arts will receive $500 for the purchase of supplies and materials as it begins a bi-weekly pre-k program.
  • SWOT will receive $1,500 towards its August swim clinic featuring Olympic athletes.
  • Springville Elementary will receive $500 for its Fathers Being Involved program to facilitate activities bringing fathers into participation in their children’s education.

The foundation has previously supported projects for the Boys and Girls Club of Springville, Springville Youth Incorporated, the Springville Center for the Arts, and the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, in addition to multiple projects for the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District.

The foundation’s next event is a steak dinner in support of the athletic program at S-GI’s high school, scheduled for Wednesday, August 28 at 6 p.m. at Papa Jake’s Restaurant. The group will also hold its sixth annual silent auction and wine tasting in November.


The Foundation in the News

Posted in News on August 26th, 2013 by Kara Kane – Comments Off

The Springville Journal published a very nice article in August about the Foundation and the work we have done in the community.

Attention Kids: SYI Playground is Ready for You

Posted in News on June 29th, 2013 by Kara Kane – Comments Off

Springville Youth Incorporated completed the construction of two playgrounds in Springville in June thanks to generous community volunteers and financial support from the Foundation’s 2012 fall fundraiser.

Two playground areas are available for the enjoyment of younger children (2-5 years old) and older kids (6 and over).

SGCEF and S-GI District Win Excellence in Collaboration Award

Posted in News on June 29th, 2013 by Kara Kane – Comments Off

The Erie County School Boards Association presented the 2013 Hodgson Russ Excellence in Collaboration Award at its annual dinner in June.

Jack Semler, President of Promoting Partnerships in Public Education; Springville GI Superintendent Dr. Paul Connelly; Foundation representative Dr. Patrick Hurley; Andy Loeb from the Awards Review Team, and Karl Kristoff, from Hodgson Russ

The Foundation and the S-GI school district received this award for their joint work to improve educational opportunities within the community through grants and programming support.

Springville Foundation Seeking Suggestions for Fall Fundraiser Recipients

Posted in News on May 19th, 2013 by Kara Kane – Comments Off

The Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation is seeking ideas from local organizations and community groups as it plans its annual silent auction and wine tasting event, scheduled for November 9.

As in past years, the Foundation anticipates dedicating the proceeds of its fall event to a program or project that goes along with its mission: to enhance and expand opportunities for students and the communities served by the S-GI school district.
In past years, the Foundation has contributed to the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital digital mammography machine, capital improvements at the Springville Center for the Arts, and major projects for the Boys and Girls Club of Springville and Springville Youth Incorporated, in addition to smaller grants to S-GI school classrooms.
Interested individuals and groups should contact any Foundation member, call 592-2296 or email with their creative ideas early this summer.

Steak Dinner Fundraiser for S-GI Arts and Music on April 18

Posted in News on March 12th, 2013 by Kara Kane – Comments Off

Community Education Foundation Organizes Spring Event

The Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation will hold a steak dinner to raise funds to replace curtain panels in the S-GI High School Auditorium on Thursday, April 18.

Last summer, the Foundation organized a similar event to support the purchase of equipment for the S-GI athletics department, in particular the football program. For the spring, the organization reached out to the district’s music program to find out if there were any immediate needs that could be met by a fundraising effort from the Foundation.

After hearing of the state of some of the curtain panels in the auditorium, Foundation members agreed that their replacement would give a much needed update to the look and color scheme of the district’s popular and well-used performance space.

When: Thursday, April 18 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Papa Jake’s Restaurant, Springville
Tickets: $25 per person; tickets will be available for purchase before and during the “Spam-a-lot” production at the high school; advance purchase strongly suggested, as quantity is limited.
For more information: 592-2296, 592-2988, or

For tickets or more information, call 592-2296 or email Cash donations and raffle items are gratefully accepted.

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