GRAB A BITE — A dinner, catered by Jim Boberg of West Valley, was held in the church family life center. The men from the church were waiters, who dressed in tuxes and cummerbunds from the local high school. Pictured is a group of dinner attendees. Photos by Jillene Narraway.
SPRINGVILLE — The First United Methodist Church hosted women from local churches and communities on May 17, for a night out, highlighted by a message from Jill Kelly.
The evening began with a reception and exhibits and included a catered dinner, in the family life center. The program, followed with an autograph session with Kelly, was held in the church sanctuary.
The exhibits featured the Hunter’s Hope Foundation, which was founded by Jim and Jill Kelly, after their son Hunter died from Krabbe disease. The foundation addresses a stated need for information and research. “We strive to support and encourage those afflicted, and their families, as they struggle to endure, adjust and cope with the demands of these fatal illnesses,” Jill Kelly said.
I THINK I WANT TO MARRY YOU — Thirty wedding gowns were collected from the Cattaraugus County Museum, Concord Historical Society and more.
Also on exhibit were wedding gowns and pictures. The oldest gown was a black wedding dress, dated 1860. The newest gown was worn on March 23, of this year, by Miranda Skura Vaccaro.
Kelly has spent the past 11 years, sharing her story with local women. She authored her book, “Without a Word: How a Boy’s Unspoken Love Changed Everything,” which chronicles her family’s and son’s story. Her latest release is titled “Etched … Upon My Heart; What We Learn and Why We Never Forget.”