Each year, Merritt Estate Winery in Forestville, NY hosts an annual Strawberry Festival which not only gives a boost to their business, but more importantly, raises a lot of money for a local charity. This year's charity is the Ruben Brown Foundation, a charity that was set up by former Bills All-Pro G Ruben Brown to benefit various charities and community organizations that focus on the development of youth through athletics as well as cultural and educational programs and a big emphasis on the Salvation Army.
The Winery recently became an official sponsor of the Buffalo Jills and even created a special edition Buffalo Jills wine that recently became available to the public. With this sponsorship, a number of the Jills are on hand this weekend at the Festival to pose for photos and sign autographs for the fans as well as a few extra surprises. There's a dunk tank set up at the Festival and rookie dancer Gabrielle consented to be the dunkee for a little while and got dunked quite a few times for her trouble. With the temperature in the high 60s, it couldn't have been the most comfortable experience but Gabby pulled it off with smiles. Also, one of the items that were auctioned off in the evening of the first day of the festival was a 4-pack of tickets to the 7th Annual Buffalo Jills Golf Tournament with a limo ride as part of the package. Jill and Kelly Ann joined Ruben Brown, Jickster, and the auctioneer onstage as that item went up for bid.
The Festival continues all day Sunday so if you missed it on Saturday, make sure to show up Sunday to meet Ruben, the Jills, and Lydia from CW23 as well as pick up a bottle of Buffalo Jills wine.
Coming up next for the Jills, we can expect to see many of them each afternoon of the Taste of Buffalo which takes place in Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo the weekend of July 11th and 12th. Get more details about the region's biggest festival at http://www.tasteofbuffalo.com/
Also, there are still a lot of tickets available for the 7th Annual Buffalo Jills Golf Tournament. This event is being held, once again, at Fox Valley Country Club in Lancaster, NY and the $125 ticket covers 18 holes of golf, use of golf carts, lunch, dinner, and a thrilling dance routine put on by members of the Buffalo Jills. What better way to spend a day off than on the golf course with 44 of the most beautiful women in the WNY area? Get more details at http://buffalojills.net/appearances/details.php?recordID=9
The Jr. Jills program is just about to kick off with uniform fittings on June 16th and 18th for young ladies ages 7-17. The mandatory workshops take place the last 2 weekends in July in which the Jr Jills get to learn from the pros and the top choreographer in the industry in Jills choreographer Kelli Wagner. Get more details at http://buffalojills.net/appearances/details.php?recordID=23 and download an application at http://buffalojills.net/images/documents/jr%20jills%20app2009.pdf
Finally, Cheer Elite Camp 2009 takes place for all young ladies interested in learning from the pros the week of July 19th-23rd at Niagara County Community College. The Jills will be on hand to teach this camp in areas like tumbling, dance, stunting, performance, and etiquette training to help young ladies ages 8-18. You can get full details at http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/pdf/Cheer.pdf or by calling Amanda Pucci, 716-614-6259 for more info! Full payment is due by July 1st!