Party On

Charitable events and revelry for a cause in March

Julia Kagan, Lif Dental; Annie Deck Miller, Roswell Park Cancer Institute; auction chair Nancy J. Parisi, and Heather Sacks, Nickel City Animal Hospital at CEPA Gallery’s 13th Biennial Art Auction at the Market Arcade.

Photo by Cheryl Jackson


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 The listing deadline for the May issue is March 15.



Taste of Paradise

March 9, 6–9 p.m.

at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue

Enjoy tropical drinks from Captain Morgan, beer and wine, snacks from a wide range of local restaurants, raffle prizes, and live entertainment at this sneak preview of the spring flower show at the Gardens. Participants are encouraged to wear pirate/tropical attire.

Call 827-1584 or visit


EPIC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Celebration

March 18, Noon–3:00 p.m.

at The Mansion on Delaware Avenue, 414 Delaware Avenue

Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, performances, and spectacular views of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade from the Mansion’s front parlors. Proceeds support the work of Every Person Influences Children.

Visit for tickets and information.


National Federation for Just Communities 65th Annual Citation Banquet

March 21, 6 p.m. 

Hyatt Regency Buffalo, 2 Fountain Plaza

This event honors Western New Yorkers who have contributed to the NFJC’s objectives and mission, through their devotion to the spirit of human relations and other services. 2018 honorees include Madeline O. Scott, Gary D. Quenneville, Gordon and Gretchen Gross, and the Walsh Family. The event includes a reception and silent auction, dinner and presentations.

Call 853-9596 or visit



Hot off the Press Happy Hour

March 21, 5:30–7:30 p.m. 

at Expo Market, Market Arcade, 617 Main Street

Mingle with Spree staff, writers, and the fascinating people featured in the April issue at this hot downtown food hall. Enjoy complimentary snacks, drink specials, and a free copy of the new Spree.

Contact Angela Dowdell at 972-2244 or


Finnegan’s Farewell Interactive Dinner

March 23, 5:30–9:30 p.m.

at Michael’s Catering, 4885 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg

Enjoy a performance of Finnegan’s Farewell by the Lancaster Regional Players, as well as dinner, dessert, a large theme raffle, and special auctions. Proceeds support Suburban Adult Services, Inc.

Call 805-1555 or visit



CEPA Gallery’s 14th Biennial Art Auction

March 24, 5:30–8 p.m.

Hotel Henry, 444 Forest Avenue

This auction is eagerly awaited by art collectors throughout the region. Attendees enjoy a lavish buffet, valet parking, and open bar. The event also includes a full-color catalog. Check CEPA’s website for an accompanying online auction that includes works by many of the live auction artists as well as other works.

Call 856-2717 or visit

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


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