Party On

Charitable events and revelry for a cause in April

Dan Greene and Ashley Rowe at the 2017 Shea’s Gala

Photo by Nancy J. Parisi


Every month, Spree lists special events at Western New York’s many cultural and nonprofit organizations, fundraisers for area charities, and other happenings for good causes, including those we organize or co-organize. Do you have an event that should be included here? Contact us at


Twenty-third Annual Fabulous Feast

 April 14, 6–10 p.m.

at the Atrium @Rich’s, 1 West Ferry Street

Mingle with Shakespearean characters, enjoy music, and witness period-appropriate entertainment at this long-running fundraiser. This year’s entertainment is provided by King Lear and his daughters, stilt walkers, dancers, musicians, and more. The event also includes cocktails, a five-course meal, and live/silent/ticket auctions. Proceeds support free Shakespeare productions in Delaware Park every summer.

Call 856-4533 or visit


Shea’s Gala

April 20, 5–10 p.m.

at Shea’s, 658 Main Street

A private performance by Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr. highlights this popular event. It also includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction in the lobby, a lavish dinner, and a live auction on the Shea’s stage. Leslie Odom Jr. took home the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Aaron Burr, opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda, in the blockbuster Broadway sensation.

Call 829-1170 or email



Hot off the Press Happy Hour

April 25, 5:30–7:30 p.m. 

at The Establishment, 5110 Main Street, Williamsville

Mingle with Spree staff, writers, and the fascinating people featured in the May issue at one of Elmwood’s newest hot spots. Enjoy complimentary snacks, drink specials, a free copy of the new Spree, and our new trivia contest. Food is provided by Giancarlo’s.

Contact Angela Dowdell at 972-2244 or


Buffalo Undie Run/Walk

April 28, 7:30 (registration)–11 a.m.

Amherst/Colvin Green Space, Delaware Park

Over $9 million has been raised for colorectal cancer prevention and support programs since this event began eight years ago. Run, walk, or honor a loved one through donating.

Visit for more information and to register.


Sisters Hospital Foundation supporters Arleen Hollas, Chris Smolen, Anna Case, and Jackie Mandell at the 2008 Black & White Ball

photo by cheryl Jackson


Black and White Ball

April 28, 5:30–11 p.m.

at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson Street

This yearly gala, which includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, auctions, and special raffles, supports the mission and services of Sisters of Charity Hospital. This year, the first two hours of the event include a fantasy casino; games include craps, roulette, blackjack, and more, with prizes (no cash).

Call 706-2104 or visit

To see our full calendar of events, entertainment listings, and more, visit our Events page.


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