The Hotel Lafayette, a downtown Buffalo landmark since 1904, is undergoing what the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has called "the largest privately financed historic preservation effort currently under way in the nation."
A Niagara University event will be the first held at the Hotel Lafayette since its $43 million makeover began in July 2011.
"Toast of the Town," an annual fundraiser for NU's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, April 27, days before the Hotel Lafayette's official grand reopening. A portion of Niagara University's event will be dedicated to celebrating the renewal of one of Buffalo's most storied landmarks, with developer Rocco Termini serving as a special guest and speaker.
Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the hotel during the wine and hors d'oeuvres reception that opens the event. The remainder of the evening will include a silent auction, a four-course dinner and wine pairing, and Termini's remarks on the history and future of the Hotel Lafayette.
Wines are provided courtesy of Prime Wines Corp., member of The Premier Group.
The event is co-sponsored by NU's Office of Continuing Education.
Niagara University's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management was the first in the world to offer a bachelor's degree in tourism and is a founding member of the Leading Hotel Schools of the World, a global organization of five-star resorts and higher-ed institutions.
For more information on Niagara University's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, call 716-286-8181 or visit http://www.niagara.edu/hospitality.