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Fundraisers: Celebrating local treasures

From Pulitzer Prize-winning columnists to a “build your own boat” event, the month of June offers many opportunities to celebrate and support local treasures.


What She’s Made Of
Beneficiary: WNY Women’s Foundation
5:30–8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall, Symphony Circle, Buffalo. Tickets are $100; special VIP tickets guarantee a meet-and-greet and photo with the speaker. Contact Lindsay Delmont at 887-2762, or go to www.whatshesmadeof.org.   

The Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans is the setting for a lovely evening of cocktails, conversation, networking, and tributes, along with guest speaker Ellen Goodman, the Harvard-educated, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist. Oliver’s caters the hors d’oeuvres, and special tributes (submitted online) to the women in our lives will be printed in the program. Funds raised support the programs of the WNY Women’s Foundation, whose vision is a community in which all women and girls have opportunities to thrive.


Buffalo River Fest
Beneficiary: Valley Community Association
June 15–17 at Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St., Buffalo. Tickets: call Peg Overdorf at 823-4707, ext. 2, or check out www.thevalleycenter.com.  

With the dramatically illuminated grain elevators as a spectacular backdrop, the band Urban Renewal kicks things off Friday night as guests celebrate the Buffalo River and view shell races from the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Club. On Saturday afternoon, everyone will enjoy the Rigidized Metal Regatta at 11 a.m., followed by a Build Your Own Boat race, with any kind of crazy raft, canoe, kayak, or other non-motorized boat encouraged. On Saturday evening, West of the Mark and the Diva Show Band will entertain. Each day, there will be a kids’ area with activities, bingo, and on Sunday evening it all winds up with the bands Landslide and Nick Batistella (singing Sinatra favorites for all of the dads on Father’s Day) until 6 p.m.


Celebration of Hope
Beneficiary: Gerard Place

5:30–8 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., Buffalo. Tickets: $20 per person; call Kathy Hens-Zuppa at 897-9948, ext. 101, or visit www.sheas.org.  
This fundraiser will be held in Shea’s lobby, where a variety of vendors will offer local wine tastings, gourmet goodies (including a gourmet cupcake vendor), appetizers, one-of-a-kind jewelry, photographs, paintings, prints, and sculpture. There will also be a silent fine art auction featuring the work of Western New York artists, basket raffle, raffled wine wall, and more. Guests can wear anything from business casual to cocktail wear, and will enjoy live music from Peacemaker. Proceeds from the event fund Gerard Place programs, such as transitional/permanent housing and support services for homeless single parent families, community education, and outreach.


11th Annual Camp Good Days Gala
Beneficiary: Camp Good Days

5–11 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at the Hyatt Regency, Two Fountain Plaza, Buffalo. Tickets: $150; call Lisa Donato at 206-0709, or go to www.campgooddays.org.
For this fine annual event, you can wear black tie—or a toga. That’s right: “Camp Olympus” is the theme of the party, and Greek mythology inspires everything from the dress to the cuisine of the sit-down, dual-entrée menu. Party of Nine provides music for everyone’s dancing pleasure, and Angelo Veanes, president of Ferguson Electric, will receive the Teddi Humanitarian Award for his community contributions. Proceeds from this fun event go toward the Camp Good Days’ year-round programs, which seek to improve the lives of children with cancer.


Rock the Falls: 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America
Beneficiary: Girl Scouts of WNY

Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, at Goat Island, Niagara Falls State Park. Tickets: $10 for the sing-along event alone, $25 includes camping; call Alison Wilcox at 935-6034, or visit www.gswny.org.
The Girl Scouts of WNY will “Rock Out” at a world wonder! Thousands of Girl Scouts and Canadian Girl Guides will participate in this inaugural and unprecedented sing-a-long of traditional and historical Girl Scout songs and premier camping. Caitlyn Koch, a contestant from TV’s X Factor, will perform along with other national, regional, and local acts, including the Ladies First Jazz band. The Sing-a-Long is Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, with camping at Old Fort Niagara on Saturday night. On Sunday, from 9 to 10 a.m., fifty Girl Scouts and fifty Girl Guides will span the Rainbow Bridge to commemorate this momentous occasion.            




Terri Parsell Hilmey is a contributing editor to Spree’s Medical Resource Guide.

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