The Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester will host their annual wine tasting “Uncork Their Potential” Thursday, October 25 from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Country Club of Rochester.
Executive Director Dwayne Mahoney and Club member Tamyah Simon discussed the event and what makes the Club so special Friday during News 8 at Noon.
“When I first started I usually just stayed in the art room and just did fun projects with Miss Sarah,” said Simon. “But then my friend Kaliyah showed me the STEM Room and we started doing these fun projects about learning how to build stuff and how the weather works, and we ready books sometimes, and we do fun projects like our acoustic project where we made a music video about the STEM group at the Boys & Girls Club.”
Her experience is music to the Mahoney’s ears. “Reading has been a focus for 15 or so years now and STEM just the last few years,” he said. “We’ve partnered with companies like Arconic and General Motors. The United Way helped us with the curriculum so that we could introduce our kids at a younger age, starting at like third grade and up, to science. The companies that build those science-based applications lead to jobs so we wanted to introduce our kids at an early age.”
Simon has been a Club member for the last four years. “The Boys & Girls Club is the best thing that you can be involved with,” she said. “For me, it’s like, I’m sad when I can’t go to the Club and I would want other, new kids to come so you don’t have to seem the same people doing the same thing. You would want more kids to come to see how we do it at the Boys & Girls Club.”
The wine tasting event will raise critical funds to support the Club’s programs. “It’s an opportunity for people to get to know a little bit more about the Club and meet some of the people who support the Club,” Mahoney said. “The proceeds from the event help support our literacy program, our STEM programming, and we also have a new program where we’re trying to get kids in on Saturdays who are not members. So on Saturdays, we started this a few weeks ago – it’s called Free Play Saturday, so if you’re not a member, you can come to the Club. We have everything from fencing, boxing, tennis every Saturday that people can participate in.”
For tickets and more information about “Uncork Their Potential” visit bgcrochester.org/wine-tasting. — ROCHESTER FIRST