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WORTHY CAUSES — Pictured, from left: Boys & Girls Club of Springville Board of Directors President Margaret Chapman, Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation Board of Directors President Michael Hannon and Springville Youth Inc. Board of Directors President Wende Pukay. Photo submitted by Kara Kane.

BY: Jeff Martin | January 11, 2013

SPRINGVILLE — During the past few years, the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation has raised funds for many local organizations.

Board members recently presented $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Springville and $15,000 to Springville Youth Inc., to help with these two groups’ specific projects.

Foundation Member Kara Kane said that the education foundation raised more than $38,000, during its annual silent auction and wine tasting event, held on Nov. 10. “Many people and businesses showed tremendous support,” she said.

On Dec. 6, Kane and several others met at Papa Jake’s Saloon, where leaders from both local organizations met to accept the checks. In attendance were Boys & Girls Club President Margaret Chapman, Education Foundation Board of Directors President Michael Hannon and Springville Youth Inc. Board of Directors President Wende Pukay.

The money raised will be designated toward several projects. Boys & Girls Club Director Michael Basehart said that the funding could “not have come at a better time.” The club’s new building is located at 63 Maple Ave. in Springville.

The facility, which measures approximately 7,000 square feet, includes a recreation room, classrooms, game rooms and a learning center, called the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation Learning Center. The learning center features 10 computer stations, with wireless access and other educational resources.

“The learning center is a huge part of this project,” Basehart said. “It was one of our main focuses, when we embarked on this project.”

Kane said that the foundation’s legacy as a fundraising machine and advocate for programs, scholarships and other forms of civil assistance, is getting stronger.

Now in its sixth year, the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation has raised approximately $150,000 for local entities.

“It’s a great program that brings a lot of help, where it’s needed,” Kane said, adding that the foundation surpassed this year’s goal of $30,000. Most of the extra funds will be put in the form of grants and supplies for the Springville School District or where the foundation determines they are needed the most.

In the past, the foundation has contributed to projects at the Springville Center of the Arts and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. Organizers at Springville Youth Inc. said that they plan to purchase playground equipment with their portion of the money.

For more information about the foundation, visit www.sgfound.org.

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