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Ryan Miller “Wrangling for a Cause”

Buffalo Sabres netminder Ryan Miller and The Steadfast Foundation will bring a little bit of country into the city with this year’s edition of the Catwalk For Charity “Wrangling for a Cause.” The event takes place at the Town Ballroom in downtown Buffalo at 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 4th.

As the title suggests, the sixth edition of the star-studded fundraiser is a country theme; sort of modern-day Nashville meets the Old West.  As with any event planned by Therese Forton-Barnes of Events to a Tee, it will be an energetic evening of live music, delicious food stations from Buffalo’s favorite restaurants, local and national sports and movie celebrities, a red carpet and a breath-taking live auction that’s not for the faint at heart (or wallet). The signature activity of this annual shindig is when Miller and his teammates strut their stuff on the catwalk, giving the crowd a fun and whimsical look at the players.

All of this fun has a serious side to it, as it raises money for Miller’s Steadfast Foundation which provides pediatric cancer patients and their families with support to improve their circumstances and attitude, giving them best environment and a better ability to battle their disease. Among the organizations supported by The Steadfast Foundation are Carly’s Club for Kids and cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Tickets can be purchased at thesteadfastfoundation.com. If you cannot attend the event, you can participate in a very cool online auction, filled with memorabilia from Miller, ESPN’s Chris Berman, and others. All the items can be viewed at catwalk2011.com.

Stealing a little bit of thunder from Miller and his hockey mates on the
catwalk, will be the performance by chart-topping country music artist Craig Morgan. The Nashville-based singer has 14 Top Ten Billboard hits to his credit, including “Redneck Yacht Club,” “Almost Home,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “Tough.”  Scott Militello and The Heritage will also bring country rock sounds to Catwalk. E! Entertainment Television’s chief news correspondent, Ken Baker (a Buffalo native), will be interviewing celebrities and A-listers on the VIP Red Carpet entering the venue.

A nice break from those stuffy black-tie affairs, guests are encouraged to dress the part…and dress the part they do! This year’s Catwalk party will be filled with people wearing cowboy hats, boots, bandanas, distressed jeans, chaps, big shiny belt buckles, denim skirts, patterned shirts, and of course, some Daisy Dukes!

Catwalk for Charity has been going strong for six years, raised over $800,000
for worthy causes, and is an event that can compete with any of those Hollywood
parties you read about in entertainment magazines. If that sounds good, you may
want to hitch your horse up outside the Town Ballroom the first Sunday night in
December. 

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