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Graycliff's annual fundraising dinner goes virtual this October


Mon, Sep 28th 2020 10:55 am

Celebrate Graycliff 2020 is Oct. 22

Graycliff’s annual fundraising dinner has been creatively pivoted into a virtual format – “Celebrate Graycliff From Our Home to Yours” is now live at one.bidpal.net/celebrategraycliff and culminates Thursday, Oct. 22, with an online program. The one-hour event program, which will begin via Zoom at 6 p.m. Oct. 22, will be available to those who have made any purchase through the event website (including dinner tickets, “wine pull” tickets, merchandise, or a general donation). The program will be a mixture of pre-filmed and live footage featuring an exciting private concert of a trio of musicians from Buffalo’s Historic Colored Musicians Club performing original music on Graycliff’s esplanade.

Graycliff has also partnered with two restaurants to offer meal options. Preorder, heat-and-eat meal packages for one to four diners will be available for pick-up from both The Roycroft Inn in East Aurora and 100 Acres: The Kitchens at Hotel Henry in Buffalo on that Thursday between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

The event will also feature an online silent auction (which opens Oct. 17 and closes at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22) with a focus on exciting experiential lots – the star of which is a private reception at the privately owned, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Walter V. Davidson House in Buffalo.

There is also a virtual “wine pull,” Oxford Pennant-designed merchandise.

Visit one.bidpal.net/celebrategraycliff for more information or to purchase tickets (the last day to purchase dinner tickets is Oct. 15) and bid on auction items (auction opens Oct. 17).

Graycliff Executive Director Anna Kaplan explained, “Though, of course, we’d love to be able to gather in person, we are thrilled to host a virtual event with the potential to engage more people than we ever have through past in-person events. We’re very excited to share with you, not only the wonderful performance of the musicians from The Colored Musicians Club, but be able to highlight the club’s history – an important history, which is contemporaneous with Graycliff’s history.

“ ‘Celebrate Graycliff’ is an exciting opportunity to support and recognize Graycliff during what has been an extraordinary season in more ways than one. Our organization, like countless others, has had to significantly adjust operations and strategy in order to mitigate the enormous impact of the loss of budgeted revenue due to the pandemic. The result of which is creative and fun events like ‘Celebrate Graycliff’ where you can enjoy a delicious meal, watch an interesting and entertaining program, and have the opportunity to bid on a host of quality silent auction items and experiences, from the comfort and safety of your own home – and all to strengthen Graycliff’s mission to protect, restore and promote this incredibly special place.”

For more information, to sponsor this initiative, donate an item or experience to the silent auction, contact Ryan Gravell at [email protected] or 716-947-9217.

Graycliff is the summer home of Isabelle and Darwin D. Martin, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1926 and built between 1927 and 1931. Graycliff is located at 6472 Old Lakeshore Road, Derby.

The nonprofit Graycliff Conservancy Inc., a 501(c)(3), was founded in 1997 to acquire, preserve and restore the property: Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Graycliff. The conservancy has made progress in completing the restoration while offering public tours and educational events.

A New York State Landmark, Graycliff is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Graycliff is now open for tours with both a private and self-guided tour program offered five days a week through Dec. 1, when tour offerings will be available weekends through the winter.

For more information, or to book a visit, click on www.experiencegraycliff.org.

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