'World's Largest Disco' returnsby jmaloni
Conesus Fest for Charity is proud to announce the 21st anniversary of "The World's Largest Disco," presented by Univera Healthcare, to be held Saturday, Nov. 29, beginning at 9 p.m. at the Buffalo Convention Center.
The event features a mammoth 64,000-square-foot dance floor, a concert-size sound/lightshow and surprise appearances from celebrities from the era. More than 7,000 disco guests will dance the night away and sing along to their favorite songs from the '70s/disco era.
The best part of the event (which was revived back in 1994 by its current promoter) is that 100 percent of the proceeds go to Camp Good Days and Special Times. Since its inception, "The Disco" has donated more than $3,750,000 to charity.
"The World's Largest Disco" was one of the first events ever held in the Buffalo Convention Center back in September 1979. People came from all over the world to experience the event and hear the sounds of the world's top disco DJs and musical acts, including Gloria Gaynor and The Trammps.
Fifteen years later, Dave Pietrowski approached the original promoters of the event and asked permission to use the name to hold a charity event. They agreed, and 1994 marked the official "rebirth" of the event. That year, 1,800 people attended and, as a result, the committee decided to make it an annual event.
Attendance grew to 4,000 in 1995, 6,000 in 1996, and 11,000 in 1997. In 1998, based on feedback from guests and the Convention Center staff, it was agreed that a capacity of 7,000 was necessary for the safety and enjoyment of all, and the event has sold out successfully every year since. The event has been featured on national television shows, in major periodicals, and in two books, including "Party Across America," whose author, Michael Guerriero, called it "One of the Top 5 Events in the USA!"