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Meals on Wheels to Hold Annual Charity Auction

BUFFALO, NY -- Meals on Wheels for Western New York will hold its seventh annual fundraising event, known as Plate Expectations, September 22, 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency.

The event will include gourmet food stations, live entertainment by Natural Elements and a silent auction with more than 250 items available. Meals on Wheels has added a twist this year with its "super silent auction." Several high-ticket items will be a part of the auction, including an autographed sports jerseys, a personal tour of the U.S. Capitol Building with Congressman Chris Lee, and vacation packages to Las Vegas, Boston, and Myrtle Beach.

Last year, Plate Expectations raised more than $117,000. Nearly 400 people are expected to attend the event. To purchase tickets, call Kathleen at 822-2201.

Celebrate Starlight! Starlight Studio 5th Anniversary

On October 1, 2010 from 7-10pm, Western New York will celebrate the 5 year anniversary of Starlight Studios in conjunction with The Learning Disabilities Association of Western New York"Celebrate Starlight", is a gathering of community, artists, business, educators, art aficionados, teaching artists, organizations, musicians and students of the gallery to celebrate the work both organizations continue to provide to all genres of art.   

This event is FREE and open to the public.  All are invited and welcomed.

Farm Sanctuary Holding Fundraiser

Bob Harper piglet, pictured above, was rescued after falling off of a transport truck, into traffic. The video above is Jay the bull. He was on a transport truck headed to slaughter when the driver crashed, and the truck burst into flames. Jay was burned badly, and Farm Sanctuary stepped up to care for him, and provide him a safe forever home.

For these, and other rescues like them, I am hosting a chinese auction to raise vital funds for Farm Sanctuary. Tickets for the items will be 5 tickets for $5, or for $10 you can get 15 tickets.

On September 27 Merge Restaurant, at 439 Delaware Avenue, will be opening their doors from 5-8 p.m for a chinese auction to benefit Farm Sanctuary. There will be entertainment, food, drinks, and great folks supporting a wonderful cause. $30 will cover your food, alcoholic beverages and entertainment and for $20, all of the same, with non-alcoholic beverages.

March of Dimes Celebrates Annual Signature Chefs Auction

The March of Dimes, Western New York Division presents the 2010 Signature Chefs Auction, “Feathers & Flair, A March of Dimes Monte Carlo Affair” on Friday, October 8 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. Western New York’s finest chefs will offer their signature dishes coupled with wine tastings from regional wineries and accompanied by an array of unique live and silent auction items and entertainment. Everyone is invited to attend the evening, which raises money and awareness to save babies from prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality.

This year’s event promises to be an elegant night with some of the best restaurants in town. Featured dishes will be prepared by Alex’s Place, Blue Buffalo, Chef’s Restaurant, Fiamma Steak House, Harry’s Harbour Place Grille, Koi, La Scala, My Tomato Pie, Protocol Restaurant and Rich Renaissance Catering. Wine selections will be offered by Merritt Estate Winery.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Weekend Attractions

Coming Saturday, September 18, to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market: A beer brewing demonstration with Community Beer Works, and wine-tasting courtesy of Schultze Vineyards & Winery and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery! Feed Your Soul will also be touring the Market with Chef Steven Gedra of Bistro Europa. Sounds like the makings of a memorable day!

Buffalo Stars Hockey Opens This Weekend with 'Salute to American Troops'

(Cheektowaga, NY) – Representatives of three branches of the United States Military will be present, including color guards, as the Buffalo Stars Junior Hockey Club opens its 2010-11 season with its traditional “Salute to American Troops” weekend, September 10 through 12.

On Saturday, September 11, recruiters from the Army, Navy & Marines will host information stations in the main lobby of Holiday Twin Rinks, 3465 Broadway in Cheektowaga, at the invitation of the Stars organization.  In addition, the Army will provide a color guard for a pre-game ceremony at 4pm, while the Marines will provide a similar color guard for a similar ceremony at approximately 7pm.

Recognizing that the opening ceremonies fall on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Stars will include a remembrance of the victims as part of their pre-game ceremonies.

Transplant Miracles Foundation's Treasure Island Picnic to Support Organ Transplant & Research

The Transplant Miracles Foundation is asking the community to come out in support of organ transplant and research at the 3rd annual Treasure Island Family Picnic – or else have to walk the plank! The yearly fundraising event is Saturday, September 18 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the West Side Rowing Club and Frank Lloyd Wright Rowing Boathouse.

Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per family and include food, drinks, raffles, games, music and fun for the whole family. Proceeds from the event support organ transplant and surgical research, the treatment and care of transplant recipients and to promote organ donation.