Serving the community, leadership skills and instilling moral and ethical values are all part of being a Scout.
The Greater Niagara Frontier Council Boy Scouts of America hopes to continue those traditions with its annual "Fire and Ice" gala fundraiser. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo (near the Erie Basin Marina).
Eagle Scout and injury attorney William Mattar has been named chair of this year's event.
"For more than 100 years the Boy Scouts of America have been an important part of the fabric of Western New York," Mattar said.
Currently there are about 10,000 youth members that are involved with Scouting in Western New York.
Much like last year, the "Fire and Ice" event will feature music, entertainment and a variety of food that follows the fire and ice theme.
"The menu has become more creative this year," Mattar said. "There are more unique items that the chef has come up with, so it's more creative.
"We try to stick to a fire and ice theme, so we're pairing something cool and something spicy."
Michael Meyers, president of the GNFC board of directors, said that Nitro Magic will provide one of the new menu items.
"They make ice cream from cream and nitrogen, and they make it right in front of you," he said.
There will be an open bar and a variety of themed food stations and hors d'oeuvres, such as beef on weck and mini Monte Cristos.
Grilled oysters, Cajun chicken skewers, bruschetta, blackened scallops, and teriyaki beef skewers are just a few of the items that will be offered at the stations. Following the theme of the event, Sitting Pretty will have a fire and ice candy buffet.
The evening will also feature different auctions. Meyers said the big highlight is the cake auction.
"We get different high-end bakeries from around the area. They all make their own unique creations for our event," he said.
The GNFC is still accepting items for the silent auction.
"If people would like to support the event, they can attend the event and or make monetary donations or donate items for auction," Mattar said.
Last year, the event raised $48,000 to benefit the Boys Scouts of America.
"We rent out the entire restaurant for the event," Meyers said. "For the three hours that you're there, it's a real fun party."
Designated Drivers of Buffalo will be available to ensure partygoers get home safely.
Tickets for the event cost $175 per person or $295 per couple. For tickets, or to donate to the auction or place a program ad, call 716-512-6202. Tickets also can be purchased online at http://www.wnyscouting.org/events. The deadline to register for the event is Sunday, March 10.