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Two charities will benefit from a gala dinner dance fundraiser hosted by the Iroquois High School Girls Give Back program.

Funds raised during the event will be evenly split between Maksym’s Giving Tree Charity Foundation and the Matthew Foster Foundation.

The giving tree foundation is named after Maksym Sugorovskiy, who was killed in May 2015 after he was struck by a vehicle that crashed into Delaware park from the Scajaquada Expressway.

Maksym’s foundation raises funds to provide children with special needs with therapeutic bikes that help them gain range of motion in their lower extremities.

The Matthew Foster Foundation assists families of children with cancer, and is named after an Elma resident who was diagnosed with cancer in 1996 and passed away in 1999 just one month shy of his 18th birthday.

The April 17 event at The Columns banquet hall, 2221 Transit Road, Elma, runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and features a jazz vocalist, DJ and dance teachers who will teach some basic jazz dance moves.

A buffet dinner will be offered along with 50/50 and basket raffles.

To reserve a table, e-mail; to purchase tickets, visit

This week:

• The Elma Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road. The board will host a public hearing to consider a request from Todd Huber and Dan Palmerton to convert the former Springbrook Hotel, 6350 Seneca St., into a multiple dwelling apartment building.

• The Iroquois School Board conducts a budget work session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Middle School auditorium, 2111 Girdle Road, Elma.