Aquarium of Niagara fundraiser hails the grapeby jmaloni
M&T Bank will once again be the grand marquee sponsor for the Aquarium of Niagara's annual "Winds, Waves & Wines," which celebrates the area's grape harvest. "WWW XIV" will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Convention & Event Center Niagara Falls from 6 to 9 p.m.
Wineries participating are A Gust of Sun Winery, Black Willow Winery, Chateau Niagara Winery, Dr. Frank's Winery, Long Cliff Winery, Merritt Estate Winery, Midnight Run Wine Cellar, Niagara Landing, Standing Stone Wines, Vetters Vineyard, Victorianbourg Estates and Willow Creek Vineyard.
Caterers/restaurants include Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, Four Points by Sheraton, Just Say Cheesecake, Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Niagara Honeymoon Sweets, Quality Hotel & Suites, Starbucks/Niagara and Webster's Bistro & Bar.
The Rod Nickson Project, sponsored by Turner Construction, will provide music. Deejay Pat Proctor of Premier Sound will play music in the courtyard. A silent auction with prizes also is planned.
Free parking will be available at the Aquarium of Niagara lot, between Third and Whirlpool streets. Shuttle service, provided by the Niagara State Park Trolley, will run from 5:45 to 9:30 p.m. Parking also is available on city streets and in nearby lots.
The popular fundraiser will once again feature Aaron Mentkowski of WKBW Channel 7 as celebrity host.
Prizes for the silent auction have been donated by Whitenight's Jewelers, Art Effects Glass, Fichte, Endl & Elmer Eye Care, WELCOME magazine and many more. Media sponsors are Greater Niagara Newspapers and Niagara Frontier Publications (Sentinel, Tribune, Dispatch, PennySaver and www.wnypapers.com).
Tickets for "WWW XIII" are $55 each or $100 a couple. They can be purchased in advance at the Aquarium of Niagara or at the door that night. Members are required to pay for fundraisers.
For more information or to be included as an event sponsor, call 716-285-3575, ext. 204.