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Carvings (For a Cause) Come to Life

How would you like to be Ben Franklin for an evening, handing out programs? Or Teressa Bellissimo, serving chicken wings? Maybe you’d like to try your hand at being Harold Arlen, and sing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”? If you relate to any of those characters, then it may be your chance to get become them in a party setting.
Carvings For A Cause is holding a fundraiser to benefit the work they do, along with Re-Tree WNY, at the Town Ballroom and needs people to represent the carvings they have done. The carvings can be viewed in their gallery, which also gives a brief description of each of the carvings. Therese Forton-Barnes says, “If someone has a liking to one or another, they may pick a character as well.”
However, here are some of the characters she would like to see at the party:
+Ben Franklin – passing out programs
+Teressa Bellissimo – serving Chicken Wings
+Chauncey Olcott – may sing an Irish tune or two – wrote “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”
+Harold Allen – may sing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”
+Ernestine Nardin/Mother Catherine – both may say a prayer/blessing
+Frederick Law Olmstead/Frank Lloyd Wright – may say something about how proud they are of the community
+Asa Harris
+A Bear
+An Erie Indian
+Red Jacket
Most of the characters will stroll around the party, taking on their personalities. Forton-Barnes says, “I want everyone to be a “part” of the party and to enjoy themselves as well!” The fundraiser will also be premiering a documentary film on Carvings For A Cause produced by Canisius College Video Institute.
If you would like more information on Carvings For A Cause, you can visit their website, or e-mail Forton-Barnes at about the characters. The party takes place on Wednesday, June 18 from 6-9 PM at the Town Ballroom.

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