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From mint juleps to the science of beer


courtesy of Junior League

April is filled with glorious weather, blooming flowers, and a variety of chances to be charitable. Send your young ones to their first dance, break out the big hat for a garden party, explore a treasure trove of live music and art, learn everything you’ve always wanted to know about beer, or party in blacktie elegance at Shea’s. As Hal Borland once said, “April is a promise that May is bound to keep.”

11th Annual Dance for Diabetes Charity Ball

Beneficiary: JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) 7—10 p.m. Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13.
The Friday night dance will be held at Brookfield County Club, 5120 Shimerville Rd., Clarence, and the Saturday event will take place at the Orchard Park County Club, 4777 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park. Tickets: $30 per child, for children in grades 6 through 8; call Jennifer Kisker at 833-2873 or go to jdrf.org.

The dress code for our young partiers is shirt and tie for boys, and dressy dresses for the girls. It’s good practice for a lifetime of mixing socializing with charity, and a great way to get our next generation of philanthropists started. There will be music, dancing, soda, and pizza. All proceeds of the event go towards research in search of a cure for Type I Diabetes.

Buffalo Arts Studio presents Trimania

Beneficiary: Buffalo Arts Studio 8 p.m.—1 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main St., Buffalo. Tickets: General admission $25 per person (an additional donation gets you into a VIP preparty, which starts at 7 p.m.); call Cori Wolff at 833-4450 or visit buffaloartsstudio.org.

One of the best and biggest of the city’s art party fundraisers (more than 3,000 guests are expected this year), Trimania 2013 will feature more than fifteen bands, performance art, spoken word, installations, belly dancers, sixty artist studios, and more. All three floors of the Tri-Main building will be packed with guests, bars, entertainment, and art. The VIP ticket includes the preparty with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for the first hour. After that, the VIP room turns into a lounge, and the rest of the building is open for fun. All proceeds of this evening’s event go to benefit the programs of Buffalo Arts Studio.


Beneficiary: Buffalo Museum of Science 7—10 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. Tickets: $60 VIP Level, $40 general admission; call Lisa Roy at 896-5200, or go to sciencebuff.org.

It’s science on tap! Join the Buffalo Museum of Science and area “beerologists” to learn about the science of beer. Guests can sample brews and enjoy home brewing demonstrations and presentations on other beer-related topics, including “The Science of a Hangover.” VIP tickets include early entry (at 6 p.m.) and access to an exclusive VIP Beer Room for special beer tastings and “Cooking with Beer” demonstrations with local chefs. All admission levels include ten beer tasting tickets, good for one three-ounce sample each, a commemorative glass, and access to expert beer talks and museum exhibits.

Polo in the Country Garden Party

Beneficiary: The Junior League of Buffalo 6:30—8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at the Knox Farm Summer Estate at Knox State Park, 437 Buffalo Rd., East Aurora. Tickets: $60 per person; call Junior League Headquarters at 884-8865 or visitjlbuffalo.org.

Guests will be the first to see the unveiling of the decorated Knox Farm Summer Estate prior to the public opening the following morning. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests can stroll throughout 14,000 square feet of decorated space enjoying cocktails (including the evening’s signature drink, the mint julep) and hors d’oeuvres along with live music. Garden attire is requested, and while big hats are not required, they are encouraged. Funds raised by this year’s house (more than $3.5 million has been raised for the community during the course of the entire thirty-year Show House History) will be donated to a selected community project next year.

An Evening of Elegance—Shea’s Black Tie Gala

Beneficiary: Shea’s Buffalo Theatre 5—11 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at 646 Main St. Tickets: $500 per couple; call Linda Sroka at 829-1170 or go to sheas.org.

From 5:00 to 6:30, guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction throughout the remarkable Grand and Petite Lobbies of Shea’s, a building deservedly listed with the National Register of Historic Places. Then they will be ushered into a sitdown gourmet dinner served on Shea’s main stage, which is accompanied by a high-end live auction. At 8:30, the curtain rises for an evening of songs featuring the music of Buffalo’s own Harold Arlen (who, in 1939, won the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Over the Rainbow”) with Buffalo native Marcus Goldhaber. All proceeds of this year’s event go toward the interior restoration of Shea’s ceiling, proscenium, and walls.

Terri Parsell Hilmey is editor of Spree’s Medical Resource Guide.

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