Buffalo Bills memorabilia featured in basket auction
Western New York's restaurant and culinary community continues to show support for Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue's third annual Heart to Heart fundraising event, "A Taste of The Niagara Region," which is planned for Saturday, Jan. 31, from noon to 3 p.m. at The Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St.
Heart of Niagara welcomes Baked Cupcakery, D&M Confections, Sweet Melody's and Tim Hortons Niagara Falls locations as participants in this family-friendly tasting event, which is growing in popularity with a wide variety of new restaurants and caterers signing on almost daily.
Restaurant and catering participants have agreed to donate delectable food samples, including signature appetizers, main course items and tasty desserts for the fundraiser.
Tickets to the event will provide the opportunity to sample tasty treats and also support the rescue's efforts to continue its work. To date, more than two-dozen restaurants are participating in the fundraiser, including Bailey O'Riley's Village Pub, Baked Cupcakery, Brickyard Pub & B.B.Q., Brio Pizzeria, Carmine's Catering, Como Restaurant, Conference & Event Center Catering, D&M Confections, De La Casa Mexican Restaurant, Donna Eick's, Favorite's Pizza, Formal BBQ and Event Catering, Grandpaws Café for Good, The Griffon Gastropub, Honey's Pizza, Johnnie Ryan Company, Kohinoor Fine Indian Cuisine, La Galera Mexican Restaurant, Legend's Bar & Grill, Mangia Café and Bakery, Niagara University College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, One Eyed Jack's, Orange Cat Coffee Company, Paula's Donuts, Savor Restaurant at Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, The Spicey Pickle Mexican Restaurant, The Village Bake Shoppe, Tim Hortons Niagara Falls, and Water Street Landing.
Guests will vote on their favorite dish at the event and then name "The Best of The Taste of the Niagara Region."
More than $1,000 in prizes will be given away in a large basket auction, which includes a signed Jim Kelly No. 12 Buffalo Bills jersey, an autographed Buffalo Bills football from CJ Spiller, a Buffalo Bills laser-signed photograph by Bills running back Fred Jackson and another laser-signed photograph by Bills star Aaron Williams. Other items include prize packages donated from Western New York tourism destinations Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards, Corning Museum of Glass, Martin's Fantasy Island, The Riviera Theatre and Niagara University Theatre.
Other major prize drawings include overnight stays at The Barton Hill Hotel & Spa, a Moondance Summer Cruise for 40 persons, and an "experience" prize consisting of a WGRZ-TV studio tour and a live viewing of the 5 p.m. evening news.
Music, prizes and entertainment will be provided by "Classic Hits" WHTT 104.1-FM, and Lewiston Music's Tony Petrocelli and Vincent Bonelli.
"A Taste of The Niagara Region" is a main fundraiser to help the rescue continue its work of rescuing animals in need, providing medical care, and adopting them into loving homes. Volunteers are in the process of trying to raise funds to be used for the purchase of a building, which will allow them to save more animals.
Tickets are $20 per person. A paying adult must accompany all persons under age 18. Purchase tickets at any Heart of Niagara event or meeting, online through PayPal at www.heartofniagara.org, or pay by check or money order made payable to Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue (mail to Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue, PO Box 462, Lewiston NY 14092). Please include an email address and phone number for receipt confirmation.
Tickets will be held at the door for each guest. This eliminates the added cost of postage of mailing tickets out.
Heart of Niagara is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit companion animal rescue organization based in Niagara County. Its mission is to protect the health and welfare of abandoned, unwanted and homeless animals. To date, volunteers have adopted out more than 260 animals. They operate solely on donations and the generosity and support of the public.
For more information on event sponsorship or to donate a basket or prize items for the event, contact Linda van Harssel at 716-622-1213, call HON's main number at 716-345-7129, or email [email protected].