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May Fundraisers & Charity Events

Have you ever wanted to see a judge dressed like a disco queen in a bowling alley? Or is the soothing music of a harpist during the cocktail hour more your thing? Ever wanted to party on the stage at Artpark, learn about wines from all over the world (while drinking them as well), or stay out all night to help kids? Everything you’ve been looking for awaits you at the nighttime charitable events we’ve highlighted for May.

27th Annual Awards Dinner
Beneficiary: Everywoman Opportunity Center. 6–10 p.m., Thursday, May 5, at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Rd., Depew. Tickets: $50; call Elizabeth Eisenhauer at 847-1120, e-mail eeisenhauer@everywoman.org, or visit www.everywoman.org.
A harpist will play during cocktail hour at Salvatore’s, as Everywoman celebrates another year of service and presents its yearly awards. Following the cocktail hour, there will be a delicious sit-down dinner and presentation in which alumni and current participants of the program are honored, along with those in the community who are being recognized for their generosity. All proceeds will help women achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency.

Annual Bowling Tournament
Beneficiary: Lawyers for Learning. 6–9 p.m., Thursday, May 12, at AMF Thruway Lanes, 1550 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Tickets: $20–150; call Matthew Garvey at 854-4800 or visit www.lawyersforlearning.org.
Every year, lawyers and judges don costumes and bowl for a good cause—what could be more fun? If you’re with a law firm or the court system, you can be on a team of five for $150, but you can also be a spectator (and it’s well worth simply watching) for $20, which includes pizza and wings, pop, and draft beer. The teams have interesting names; the employees of the Eighth Judicial District have, in the past, called themselves the “Bowling Bags”—each dressed as recyclable bags from local grocery stores—while Connors & Vilardo becomes “Connors & Bowl-ar-do.” Last year’s costume winners (including Chief Administrative Judge Paula Feroleto) donned disco duds; now you can join in the fun. Proceeds benefit Lawyers for Learning’s programs, and teams are asked to bring either a red or white polo shirt or fleece in any size (to be used by a School 18 student to help them comply with the school’s new dress code) or a camping item (to be used by the children that LFL will sponsor at YMCA’s Camp Weona this summer).

Black & White Ball
Beneficiary: Artpark & Company. 6 p.m.–midnight, Saturday, May 21, at Artpark, 450 S. 4th St., Lewiston. Tickets: $175; call Maria Costello at 754-9000 x132 or visit www.artpark.net.
Party on the fabled stage at Artpark in creative black tie to celebrate the park’s thirty-seventh year of providing creative inspiration, artistic discovery, and award-winning programming. The honorary chair of this year’s ball is Ambassador Anthony H. Gioia, who will lead a celebration featuring cocktails, dining, music, and dancing, set against the dramatic backdrop of the escarpment. Proceeds support the 2011 season programming, free outdoor concerts, and free family and children’s activities.

Amherst Dusk to Dawn Relay Challenge
Beneficiary: Amherst Youth Board and Youth Foundation. 7 p.m. Friday, May 20–7 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst. Tickets: $30 per person (free to spectators until 10 p.m.); call Roseanne McCarthy at 631-7132 x 7521 or visit www.amherst.ny.us.
Walking a mile at a time, and passing a baton throughout the night, teams of ten or twelve work together, camp out all night, watch movies, eat pizza, do karaoke, and play lawn games on the Sweet Home High outdoor track. You can watch for free till 10, then pay and join in if you wish. In short, grownups get to act like kids for the evening (and early morning). This special drug-, alcohol-, and tobacco-free event occurs annually, and benefits programs for the Amherst Youth Foundation.

Annual Wine Tasting and Dinner
Beneficiary: U.B. School of Management Alumni Association. 7–10 p.m., Friday, May 6, at the Millennium Airport Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Tickets: $40 for Alumni Association members, $50 for non-members; call Cynthia Shore at 645-3224 or visit www.mgt.buffalo.edu.
An expert will be on hand to explain the provenance of the wines that guests will be tasting during this annual event highlighting a different geographic area every year. In the past, guests have experienced the wines of Chile, Mexico, and Southern Australia. Two wines (a red and a white) are served with the hors d’oeuvres, three wines (two reds and a white) with dinner, and a dessert wine with the sweet treats at the end of the meal. Proceeds will go toward programs and scholarships for students in the U.B. Management Program (including the volunteer programs that students participate in).




Terri Parsell Hilmey edits the Buffalo Spree Medical Resource Guide.


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