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2018-10-10 / Local News

Fowler’s Chocolates factory tours benefit local Boys & Girls Club


Staff from the Boys & Girls Club of the Northtowns, the beneficiary of this year’s tours of the Fowler’s Chocolates factory in Buffalo, inform visitors about the club during the tours on Saturday. Pictured in front from left are Chris Ritz, Director Cheri Cruse and Rocco Balassone, with visitors Charlotte Whyte, April Clemency, and Andrew and Elizabeth Clemency. 
Photo by Don DalyPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Staff from the Boys & Girls Club of the Northtowns, the beneficiary of this year’s tours of the Fowler’s Chocolates factory in Buffalo, inform visitors about the club during the tours on Saturday. Pictured in front from left are Chris Ritz, Director Cheri Cruse and Rocco Balassone, with visitors Charlotte Whyte, April Clemency, and Andrew and Elizabeth Clemency. Photo by Don DalyPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Fowler’s Chocolates invited the public to tour its factory in the City of Buffalo on Saturday and Monday for $6 a head, an annual fundraiser for charity that allows visitors to watch sponge candy and other treats being made, and meet costumed staff members.

According to the company, proceeds from this year’s tours will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Northtowns, a local nonprofit that has been providing after-school programming to children ages 6 to 18 in Buffalo, the Town of Tonawanda, and Cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda for more than 75 years.

“The Boys & Girls Club of the Northtowns does great work for our community and our youth,” Ted Marks, owner of Fowler’s, said in a prepared statement. “We are thrilled to support such a strong and vibrant organization.”

The club provides more than 3,000 boys and girls with programming in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness and recreation. The club also provides hot meals to those children daily.

Prior to the tours, Boys & Girls Club of the Northtowns CEO Robert O’Brocta expressed gratitude for the support from Fowler’s and anticipated taking the tour and spreading the word about the club’s mission and services.

“Fowler’s has been a fixture in our community for many years, and we truly appreciate their continued help,” O’Brocta said. “We look forward to meeting many new and existing friends at the two-day event.”

Last year, Fowler’s welcomed more than 2,500 visitors to its facility on River Rock Drive during the annual fundraiser. To date, the company has donated more than $34,000 to local charities through the tours.

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