August 2012: Charity Events
Blondes v. Brunettes
Beneficiary: Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center
Friday, August 10, First Niagara Center, Perry St. Tickets: $30 presale, and $35 the day of; call Julie Berrigan at 885-8318, ext. 2248, or check out buffalobrewfest.com.
A portion of Perry Street will be blocked off to make room for people to mill about, and the First Niagara Center’s two-floor indoor pavilion and outdoor plaza will host an impressive selection of more than 150 craft beers from WNY, the state, the country, and even the world—a unique variety of beers that can’t be found elsewhere. If you’re coming straight from work, you’re dressed just fine, but feel free to come in shorts and T-shirts as well, since this is a casual and fun event. There will be food stations offering casual fare throughout, and all proceeds go to the BHSC Foundation, which supports adults and children with communication and educational needs.
Carly’s Crossing Waterfront Cocktail Kickoff
Beneficiary: Carly’s Club at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
5–9 p.m. Friday, August 10, at Gallagher Beach on Buffalo’s Small Boat Harbor, 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd. (coordinates N 42° 51’ 00.0 W 078° 52’ 16.5). Tickets: $50 per person; call Robin Hace at 845-4100, or go to carlyscrossing.org.
Gearing up for the tenth anniversary of the Carly’s Crossing Swim Event on August 12, Gallagher Beach will host this casual cocktail party under the stars. Guests will enjoy beer, wine, and a progressive hors d’oeuvres selection, kicking off an entire Summer Splash Weekend of events. All proceeds go toward pediatric cancer research and patient support programs.
Blondes v. Brunettes Flag Football Kick-Off Party and Bachelorette Auction
Beneficiary: Alzheimer’s Association of WNY
6–9 p.m. Friday, August 17, at the Statler Towers Rendezvous Room, 107 Delaware Ave. Tickets: $25 per person; call Tracey Callisto at 573-7575, or visit bvbbuffalo.com.
One of the cutest fundraising ideas around pits those historical arch-enemies, blondes and brunettes, against one another in a flag football game on September 15. To gear up, they have a series of events, including this Kick-Off Party and Bachelorette Auction, at which charitable young ladies are auctioned off (along with great date packages, including sporting events, dinners, limousine rides, and trips to Darien Lake). Guests at this year’s party will be wearing business casual or cocktail attire, and enjoy cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, basket raffles, and a 50/50 split raffle, as well as the entertainment of watching the bidding. All proceeds go to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY.
Beneficiary: Buffalo Museum of Science
8–11 p.m. Saturday, August 25, at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Pkwy. Tickets: $40 per person, $35 for Museum Members; a $50 VIP ticket entitles guests to early admission at 7 p.m.; call Erin Collins at 896-5200, ext. 385, or visit sciencebuff.org.
All four floors of the museum will be open, including the roof, where volunteers from the Buffalo Astronomical Association will be on hand with telescopes to help you find your favorite planet or star. Inside the museum, there will be wine and beer tasting, along with appetizer and dessert offerings from local restaurants. Educational lectures about the science of wine-making will be accompanied by live music and access to all of the museum’s collections. All proceeds benefit the museum’s educational programs in the community.
Mount St. Mary’s Music Festival
Beneficiary: Music program at Mount St. Mary’s Academy
Noon–7 p.m. Saturday, August 25, at 3756 Delaware Ave. Admission is free, but all proceeds of food sales, garage sale, refreshments, and raffles benefit the music program at Mount St. Mary’s Academy; contact John Hathaway at 877-1358, or go to mt-st-marys.org for information.
These amazing young ladies, an all-girl marching band—performers at President Obama’s inauguration—will be capping off an afternoon that begins with a vintage car show, music festival with bands from around the area, and Chiavetta’s chicken, a staple of Buffalo summers. At 6:30 p.m., the evening will draw to a close with a parade, and a performance by this magnificent, accomplished Buffalo treasure, the Mount St. Mary’s Marching Band.
Terri Parsell Hilmey is the listings editor for Spree’s Medical Resource Guide.