October 2012: Charity & Fundraisers
Trick or treat! There are plenty of both this month. Watch men cook (one of my personal favorites), purchase some inspired artwork, savor a bowl of chili, or celebrate our long history of legal excellence. Those are the treats; the tricks are up to you.
6th Annual Men Who Cook
Beneficiary: Crisis Services
6–9 p.m., Tuesday, October 2, Statler Towers, Golden Ballroom, 107 Delaware Ave. Tickets: $55 per person, or $100 per couple; call July Caraotta at 831-4467, or visit crisisservices.org.
More than twenty amateur “men who cook” (including Tim Herzog of Flying Bison Brewery and other local celebs) will be mixed with chefs from local restaurants like Left Bank, Ilio DiPaolo’s, and Joe’s Deli to prepare their signature dishes. Guests will stroll around, watch them cook, sample their wares, and enjoy live jazz music provided by the Larry Eason Trio. Premier is supplying the wine, Flying Bison the beer, and all proceeds benefit Crisis Services, WNY’s most comprehensive crisis center.
10th Annual Art Work Auction
Beneficiary: Autism Services, Inc. (formerly Autistic Services, Inc.)
5:30–9 p.m., Friday, October 5, Asbury Hall (Babeville), 341 Delaware Ave. Tickets: $35 per person; call Veronica Federiconi at 631-5777, ext. 318, or visit autisticservices.org.
More than 100 pieces of art will be displayed, offered for sale, or auctioned to the highest bidder at this gallery event showcasing the work of Autism Services’ clients—adults and children who fall somewhere along the autism spectrum. For three weeks prior to the event, auction items will be displayed at Main Street Studios. The event will style itself as a gallery opening, with an open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres, so the guests can enjoy the various works, purchase items, or wait for the big auction at the end to bid on a piece. Feel free to preview some of the art available at friendsofasi.org.
4th Annual Buffalo Chilifest
Beneficiary: People, Inc. Foundation
1–5 p.m., Sunday, October 14, at Statler City, 107 Delaware Ave. Tickets: $5 per person for the entry fee, $1 for each tasting ticket (kids five and under are free); call Sarah Snyder at 817-7269, or visit buffalochilifest.com.
Top chefs from WNY’s best restaurants will create some of the tastiest bowls of hot and spicy chili for all to judge. In the past they have featured exotic concoctions such as rattlesnake and armadillo tail chili. (Okay, just kidding about the armadillo, but the snake was real.) In fact, some of our high-end restaurants, including the Buffalo Chophouse, have created the kind of gourmet chili that you could only hope to make on your own stovetop. Come and taste them all; expect new, delicious, and different. This year, you’ll even be able to purchase some of your favorites to take home. There will also be live music, beer, prizes, trophies, and celebrity judges. Your ticket purchases help support People, Inc., the area’s leading nonprofit human services agency.
100th Anniversary Event
Beneficiary: Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc.
6–10 p.m., Wednesday, October 24, Hotel Lafayette, 391 Washington St. Tickets: $100 per person; call Michele Poulos at 853-9555, ext. 500, or visit legalaidbuffalo.org.
The Hotel Lafayette’s Grand Ballroom will host this special event: the centennial of the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo. The celebration will cap off a century of fine lawyers representing those who could not otherwise afford legal representation. Cocktail hour runs from 6 to 7 p.m., with a sit-down dinner following. The dress will be business wear for the gentlemen, and cocktail wear for the ladies. Expect live music and a short program highlighting the triumphs of Legal Aid from its beginnings in 1912 to today.
Galleria of Treats
Beneficiary: Kids Escaping Drugs
11 a.m.–8 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, Walden Galleria Mall, Cheektowaga. Tickets: $2 donations per child ($1 presale at the Galleria Customer Service Desk beginning October 1); call Christina Kruzer at 827-9462, or visit makeachangewny.org.
Welcome to the largest indoor trick-or-treat event in WNY. Not only does the event provide a safe Halloween alternative to over 7,000 children and their families, but it allows many businesses to showcase their products and services. Kids start at Forever 21 in the newer wing of the mall and head from table to table, picking up treats. There’s also a pumpkin patch and a prize wheel for the kids to spin. Proceeds from the event help local kids suffering from chemical dependency.
Terri Parsell Hilmey is the listings editor for the Buffalo Spree Medical Resource Guide.