The Niagara County Community College Foundation scholarship gala will return to an in-person event on Oct. 22 at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. To celebrate the college’s 60th anniversary, this year’s fundraiser will be celebrated as a diamond anniversary-themed gala.
Organizers have planned a high-end auction full of unique items and experiences to raise scholarship funds for students at NCCC. Top auction items include a signed Josh Allen Buffalo Bills football; dinner for 10 at Chef’s Restaurant in the company of five Buffalo Sabres alumni; a Buffalo Bisons suite with food and beverages; four tickets to a Buffalo Bills game; two tickets to a Toronto Raptors game versus the Atlanta Hawks in Toronto; a Firth Jewelers’ 0.61-carat diamond; and even a unique dinner experience at Savor Restaurant’s chef’s table with big-screen actor William Fichtner. His success has led him to appear in many television series and blockbuster movies, including “Prison Break,” “Mom,” “Armageddon,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Black Hawk Down,” “The Longest Yard,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.”
Other auction items include private dinners and wine pairings at restaurants such as Ilio DiPaolo’s, Hutch’s, Russell’s and Webster’s Bistro. Adventure-seekers will appreciate auction items featuring local experiences such as passes for the ropes course, Ferris wheel, and wall-climbing with food and beverages included at Buffalo RiverWorks; a Batavia Downs package; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra tickets; and Niagara Falls State Park passes to Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist and the trolley, plus a Top of the Falls restaurant credit.
The evening will include a meal prepared by up-and-coming chefs within the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, tours of the European-inspired kitchens and laboratories, access to the auction and raffles, and the chance to celebrate the students of NCCC.
Tickets to the NCCC Foundation scholarship gala are $125 per person. Sponsorship opportunities, ticket sales and additional information can be found online at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/foundation/gala.