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Wine the night away: Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation raises glasses and money for hospital

I’M LEAVING TODAY — Ted Winkey performed his classic “New York, New York” with the Springville Jazz Orchestra at the Springville-Community Education Foundation’s sixth annual wine tasting fundraiser on Nov. 9.

SPRINGVILLE — Smooth jazz stylings from local ensembles drifted from among unused fitness equipment, as local philanthropists swirled wine in souvenir glasses and tried to outbid their neighbors on everything from weekends at Oasis Bed & Breakfast to antiques from Village Antiques and a lobster dinner for a crowd. The sixth annual Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation wine-tasting fundraiser saw almost 300 guests fill the Springville Health and Fitness Center on Nov. 9 for wine-tasting, a silent basket auction, food donated by local merchants and entertainment by the Springville Jazz Band, Bella A Capella and the Springville-Grffith Institute jazz band.

MAKE YOUR BID — More than 60 theme baskets were made up, for attendees to take a chance on taking one home. Those included a lobster dinner, golf outings, out-of-town trips, home decor, antiques and much more.

According to a SGCEF representative, the event had 20 major sponsors, 40 other sponsors and at least 80 donations for the auction. The event raised approximately $10,000 more than its initial goal of $36,000. The money will go toward a new nuclear imaging camera for Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

The event was run by SGCEF volunteers, according to board member Mary Hannon.

“Without our valuable volunteers, who helped with the food, provided the musical entertainment, poured the wine, handled the set-up and clean-up, this event could not have taken place,” said Hannon. “This community is grateful to have Bertrand Chaffee Hospital here and the support certainly showed, in the amount of people who contributed.”

Mary Irish, also a board member, agreed and said she was impressed by the number and generosity of donors. “It seems that they just needed to be asked – there is tremendous community pride in our hospital.”

JUST A TIPPLE — A variety of wines, from dry to sweet, were available for guests to taste, all night long.

Board member Kara Kane said that she was grateful for both new and old sponsors, who stepped up in support of BCH and the community.

“We are especially thankful to a generous donation from the [Edward H.] Butler Foundation,” said Michael Hannon, president of the SGCEF board. “It definitely contributed to our success with this event.”

The SGCEF will present BCH with the official check once the totals have been finalized, in the coming weeks. For more information about the SGCEF, visit


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