This month, you can enjoy the treasures of our area, like the collections of the Castellani Museum, or, if you choose, you can be transported all over the world. Let the Kaleida Ball take you away to Napa Valley, or find yourself in an English garden thanks to the Mount St. Mary’s Foundation. There are opportunities aplenty to celebrate the accomplishments of those who work so hard to make sure WNY is a compassionate and generous place to live.

Kaleida Health Ball
Saturday, September 20
6 p.m.–midnight

This year’s Kaleida Ball will transform the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center into gorgeous Napa Valley. Guests will wander through various wineries and participate in a variety of wine tastings, and dinner will include choice Napa regional foods. The always-popular boutiques will feature cookbooks, wines, outdoor living items, and clothing, all reflecting the Valley lifestyle. After dinner, guests will enjoy dancing to the tunes of Crystal Blue. Tickets are $200 per person, with all proceeds this year going to benefit capital equipment for the adult hospitals of Kaleida. For more information, check out www.kaleidahealth.org or call Elsie Dawe at 881-8230.

VIVA for Life, an Evening of Celebration
Friday, September 26
8 p.m.–12:30 a.m.

This is the fourth year for Viva for Life, a creative black tie fundraising event to benefit the Western New York Breast Resource Center and educational programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. During the past three years, the event, which is held at Romanello’s South in Hamburg, has raised more than $225,000. The fun includes a silent auction, music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, door prizes, and the presentation of the Living Life with Hope and Courage Award to a breast cancer survivor and advocate. WGRZ-TV anchor Maryalice Demler will serve as the honorary chairperson for this event. For more information, visit www.vivaforlife.org or call 662-6600.

Castellani 6th Annual Gala, Au Courant—Castellani Art Museum
Saturday, September 13
6:30 to 10 p.m.

Au Courant is the theme, to celebrate the Castellani’s magnificent permanent collection and to highlight its current exhibition, Currents: Movements in Western Art Since 1830. Over 160 permanent works will be on display to reintroduce guests to the riches of the museum’s collection (on Senior Drive at Niagara University). Creative black tie is the optional attire to enjoy an elegant, French-themed sit-down dinner, featuring chicken cordon bleu, filet mignon, and crème brulée, all to the soothing tunes of the harp music of Pat Ruof. Tickets are $100 per person, or $125 at the Patron Level, with all proceeds to benefit the art education programs at the Castellani. For more information, check out www.niagara.edu, or call Susan Clements at 286-8201.

9th Annual Good Works Gala—Mount St. Mary’s Foundation
Saturday, September 20
5:30 p.m.–midnight

Lavish floral centerpieces highlight the English garden theme of this year’s event, as well as stations of the finest English cheeses, smoked fishes, passed canapes on scones and biscuits, tea sandwiches, and a five-course gourmet sit-down dinner. After dinner, a martini slide made of ice will loosen everyone up to dance to the sounds of Live Wire. For a quieter alternative, a proper English pub will be set up in the Grill Room of the Niagara Falls Country Club, so guests can have some single malt scotches and good British and Irish beers. Tickets are $200 per person, and this year the proceeds will go to benefit modernizing the operating suites in surgery. This year’s event will honor Dr. Melvin B. Dyster, whose many contributions to medicine in Niagara Falls include four of his children in the medical field (and one who happens to be the Mayor). For more information, check out www.msmh.org, or call Lynn Wolfgang Catalano at 298-2166.

A Tribute to Women—YWCA of Niagara
Tuesday, September 30
6–9:30 p.m.

The evening’s MC, Channel 7’s Joanna Pasceri, will announce the nine winners of this year’s tributes (it’s a surprise!). Tickets are $85, and the proceeds go to benefit the YWCA’s goal of recognizing extraordinary women role models who live, work, and worship in Niagara County. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m., and dinner will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, check out www.ywcaniagara.org, or call Beverly McDonough at 433-6714.



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