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Artpark & Company gala to benefit community arts programming

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Tue, Apr 30th 2019 04:00 pm

Event is May 4 at new Aloft Hotel in Buffalo

Artpark & Company’s gala event will raise funds to benefit community arts programming presented at the venue throughout the summer months. At this event on May 4, Artpark will honor its past and celebrate the future at the new Aloft Hotel in Buffalo.

New York State Sen. Robert G. Ortt will present the inaugural Founders’ Award in honor of the legacy of Sen. Earl W. Brydges, who was instrumental in the creation of Artpark. Brydges’ grandchildren will accept the award on behalf of the family.

Cocktails will be served from 6-7 p.m., with dinner to follow, from 7-9 p.m. Aloft Hotel is located at 500 Peal St.

New this year, Artpark introduces the “Gala After Party” ($74 ticket) from 9-11 p.m. in the Forbes Theater at the Aloft Hotel. The postshow will be filled with entertainment by Dave Schulz and C.O. Jones, an open bar, tastings from Lockhouse Distillery, plus small bites from La Nova Pizzeria and Tim Hortons.

A limited number of tickets are still available for both events. Visit artpark.net for more information.

For 45 years, Artpark has been the premier performance and visual arts destination of the Niagara Region, serving the communities of Western New York and Southern Ontario. Award- winning programming draws average audiences of over 150,000 during the 90 days of summer. Another 250,000 visit the park to enjoy the woods, trails, fishing docks and picnic areas.

In 2018, Artpark served 151,564 visitors across 126 events, a 10% increase from 2017.

Those interested in making a contribution to support the work of Artpark in the community can email the development department at [email protected], call 716-716-2017, or visit artpark.net.

The Artpark Gala committee includes co-chairs Jason and Lisa Brydges and Jeff and Marla Williams; and members Dena Armstrong, Ruthanne Armstrong, Joanne Bauer, Lisa Berman, Paulette M. Crooke, Marcy Newman and Michael Vitch.

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