Buffalo is the City of Good Neighbors. This concept manifests itself in many ways throughout the city, but I offer the suggestion that the sheer number of charity events hosted in Western New York is a good measure. Over the course of a year, the total number of hosted fundraisers has to be much greater than in many other cities our size. We know that Buffalo has a large number of not-for-profits per capita, so I suppose it makes sense that we also have such a wide range of events to choose from every year.
Sadly, many of these fundraisers are lackluster. The ticket price always goes to a good cause, so we are forgiving of these less than special events, but what this heap of mundane happenings has done is provide a solid footing for some really special events to rise to the top. Most of us can name them off the top of our head. Many of the events have been around for years, while some of them are relatively new: Mash Bash, Best of WNY, Taste of Culinary, Catwalk for Charity, Ride for Roswell, Buffalo Scavenger Hunt, Wing Fest. Certainly the high-priced galas could be included, but they are not intended for the general public. I also have no doubt that I am forgetting quite a few of the other winners. It must be noted that we all have our own standards by which we determine the quality of any event. It won’t surprise any of you to know that the quality of the food, drink and service at any event, charity or otherwise, are my main concerns.
That being said, I think that one of the best charity events Buffalo has to offer is Star Lights, Drinks and Bites, which supports the Buffalo Museum of Science. Enjoying catered hors d’ oeuvres and drinks on the museum’s rooftop under the light of the moon is a lovely experience, one I wish came around more than once a year. This Saturday, the folks over at BMS will host this stellar charity fundraiser for the sixth year in a row, and it’s not too late for you to buy your tickets. Attendees will enjoy perks such as chair massages, nitrogen-cooled ice cream, henna and glitter tattoos, music, a magician and the assistance of the Buffalo Astronomical Association in glimpsing the summer sky through a telescope.
The rooftop’s killer views are worth the price of admission alone, but this year’s ticket also includes a nice selection of edibles from: Adrienne’s Ultimate Catering, Benz’s Maple Products, Cabot Cheese, Carriage Trade Pastries, Daddio’s Pizzeria, Darling Bee, DiCamillo Bakery, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Eaton Chocolate, Gabel’s Maple Syrup, Nitro Magic Ice Cream, Risa’s Restaurant & Catering, Rosalind’s, Sonoma Grille, Toggabee Creek Farm, Tops Markets, and Wilson Street Farm.
Plus, the ten drink tickets you receive will fetch you libations from the following supporters: Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, Brewery Ommegang, Certo Brothers, Chateau Buffalo, Flying Bison, Freedom Run Winery, Gates Circle Liquor & Wine, Glenora Wine Cellars, Global Wine & Spirits, Knapp Winery, Long Trail Brewing, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Merritt Estate Winery, Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, Prime Wines, Saranac/Lake Placid, Try-It Distributing, Woodbury Vineyards, Vetter Vineyards.
The offerings at this event continue to grow every year, a sure sign that it’s a winner. See you there!
Images courtesy of Buffalo Museum of Science