The Boys and Girls Club Holds an Annual Flutes and Flavors Fundraiser

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The West Springfield Boys and Girls Club will host their annual Flutes and Flavors fundraising event on March 27 to help fund the programs they run throughout the year.

Sarah Calabrese, director of resource development for the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club, said Reminder publication the event was known as the March Open House and was held in the club’s gymnasium. This year, for the second year in a row, the event will take place at the Storrowton Carriage House at 1305 Memorial Ave. in West Springfield.

The new location, she says, has attracted a lot of people. “Last year was the first year we held it in a different venue, and [we] had a full house,” she said.

Calabrese said that although the event has been running for seven years now, there are still plenty of firsts in store for guests. New offerings include live music on the patio, new food vendors and an online silent auction.

She described the auction as “not your typical silent auction” as it is done online before the event. “It’s something we’re doing again and not many other people are doing it,” Calabrese explained. The silent auction, which people can register for online now at http://wsbgclub.org/newsevents/flutes__flavors_20, will remain open until just before the start of the live auction during the ‘event.

Calabrese said the live auction starts the night of the event around 7:15 p.m. While both auctions offer a range of items to bid on, she said the live auction offers “more unique and one-of-a-kind experiences.”

“We have a craft brew tour, so it’s something the breweries organize just for us, just for our event,” she said.

Customers can also expect an array of food and drink vendors, including samples from Crazy Seafood, an open restaurant in West Springfield that has yet to open. Pintus, which will serve Indian food, Two Weeks Notice Brewery and Skyline Beer Co., are also offering food and drink during the event.

Calabrese said this year, due to last year’s response, the club are “opening the terrace” so they are “ready for a ton of people to show up”. She added that live music will be played on the terrace.

She said the event was, in part, made possible by several vendors donating money to the Boys and Girls Club. These sponsors include TommyCar Auto Group and Sullivan Paper Company.

“The money raised goes directly to the club to support our 2.9 year olds, as we have recently launched a pre-school, up to 18 year old programme,” she explained.

“The funds raised are truly vital to the operation of our programs, our outreach efforts and support for families in need,” she continued.

Calabrese said the event will offer “something for everyone,” and she recommends buying tickets early, as they tend to sell out quickly. Fundraising will take place from 6-11 p.m. and food will be served from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/88008665287, through a board member, or at the Boys and Girls Club at 615 Main St.

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