Get your tickets for our 25th Anniversary Gala and check out our incredible auction prizes…

The Land Conservancy’s 25th Anniversary Gala is coming up on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 in the Golden Ballroom at Statler City. We would love for you to join us! The Gala will feature live gypsy jazz music by The Hot Club of Buffalo, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, awards, and an exciting live auction presented by Cash Cunningham. Celebrity emcee and long-time Land Conservancy member, Steve Tasker, will lead the way as we celebrate 25 years of saving land in our region. At the event we will be honoring Kathy Lasher, Gerry Rising, and Joanne Schlegel for their incredible contributions over the years. We need your RSVP by September 9th if you plan to join us, so contact us today at (716) 687-1225 or

Whether you plan to attend or not, you can still take part in the event…

Help Match a $15,000 Challenge Gift:

A generous donor has offered a $15,000 challenge gift to the Land Conservancy. Gala attendees will be able to make donations to the Land Conservancy and every dollar donated toward this challenge will be doubled in its impact! If you wish to donate towards this challenge before the gala, you may do so until Friday, September 16th.

Live Auction Items:

Advanced bids on auction items will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2016. Please call the Land Conservancy office at (716) 687-1225 to place your bid today. For detailed information about these items, visit our website:

Week-long Kiwi Getaway in New Zealand

Estimated Value: $1,500

Be amazed during an incredible week-long stay at an iconic “Kiwi Vacation Bach” (a weekend cottage) in Colac Bay along the southern coast of the South Island in New Zealand. Located only one block from the beach, this is an amazing location for hiking, kayaking, surfing, fishing, wind-surfing, beach walking, and bird watching–penguins included. Enjoy the pubs and restaurants in the nearby Riverton or take the ferry to experience the remote and spectacular Stewart Island.

Week-long Escape to the Secluded Shores of Lake Erie

Estimated Value: $1,665 (Tranquility Cottage) and $1,165 (Haven Cottage)

Treat yourself and your guests to a week with a secluded, private sand beach, shale cliffs, acres of mature tranquil forests, and spectacular sunsets over Lake Erie while staying in either the Tranquility Cottage or the Haven Cottage at Lotus Abode. Both cottages are right on the lake in Brant in southern Erie County and are not far from golf and restaurants. For bird watchers, this location offers spectacular spring and fall songbird migrations, and bald eagles pass by almost every day. What makes this getaway even more special? The Land Conservancy is now working to protect the forest and the beach here as our next spectacular nature preserve. Be the first to see it!

Royal Weekend in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Estimated Value: $1,350

You and a guest will stay in the luxurious Royal Suite at the incredible Queen’s Landing hotel and spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Saturday, October 15th. Enjoy two tickets to “Our Town,” a Pulitzer-prize winning drama, in the Royal George Theatre as part of the Shaw Festival. Round out your weekend with wine tastings at the Trius Winery and the Peller Estate Winery, $100 in gift certificates to Greaves Jams and Marmalades and Ten Thousand Villages, and $125 Canadian in spending money.

Roycroft Retreat in East Aurora

Estimated Value: $1,100

Enjoy a $220 gift certificate for a stay at the historic Roycroft Inn in East Aurora. Take your guests to lunch or dinner at the delectable Rick’s On Main with a $200 gift certificate. Make great works of art with Charles Clough, an internationally renowned artist and Guggenheim Fellow whose works are displayed in collections at more than 70 museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art. You will also enjoy: gift certificates to Johnson Brothers Nursery, Pure Essence Salon and Spa, the East Aurora Co-op Market, Vidler’s, and Mr. Pot Pie; a year-long family membership to the Explore & More Children’s Museum; coaching and consultation for your garden from Lyn Chimera of Lessons from Nature; four passes to Mason Winfield’s Haunted History Ghost Walk; and an exquisite Roycroft vase from the Copper Shop.

Among the Rocks by Rita Argen Auerbach

1993, 13-1/2 inches X 20-1/2 inches, watercolor, framed

Estimated Value: $800

This beautiful watercolor captures a magnificent stream which so perfectly aligns with our commitment to protect the places where land and water come together. The artist, Rita Argen Auerbach, is an internationally recognized watercolor artist and educator who is represented in numerous museums as well as corporate and private collections throughout the United States. The winning bidder will also receive a private tour of the gallery at Meibohm Fine Arts in East Aurora.

Day-long Fishing Charter on Chautauqua Lake, Lake Erie, or the Niagara River

Estimated Value: $500

You and a guest will join Captain Larry Jones, owner of Mostly Muskies Charters, for an eight-hour walleye or musky fishing charter on Chautauqua Lake, Lake Erie, or the Niagara River in 2017. Captain Larry is in the Niagara Musky Association Hall of Fame, and is the President of Eastern Lake Erie Charter Boat Association, on the Erie County Fishery Advisory Board, the Director of the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club, and a founding member of the Niagara Musky Association. He also runs Guyana Eco Fishing & Adventure Tours Inc., and takes people fishing in the Amazon Rainforest where he has recorded world record catches.

Ride on the Buffalo Southern Railroad

Estimated Value: Priceless

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride in the engine of a freight train? Here’s your chance! Two adults or one adult and two children will ride in the cab of a Buffalo Southern Railroad’s ALCO RS11 Engine as it runs from Hamburg to Buffalo Tifft Yards or from Hamburg to Gowanda.

Round of Golf and Lunch with Steve Tasker

Estimated Value: Priceless

You and two of your friends will play a morning round of golf and have lunch with Steve Tasker at Crag Burn Golf Club in East Aurora on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016. The Crag Burn Golf Club is considered to be one of the finest in the country and Steve Tasker is one of the Buffalo Bills all-time greats.


Our 25th Anniversary Gala was made possible by the support of the following sponsors:

Main Sponsor

West Herr Automotive Group Inc.

Platinum Sponsors

Applied Ecological Services, Inc.; Buffalo Southern Railroad, Inc.; Winkelman Farm Conservation Corp.

Gold Sponsors

Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation; Donald Spoth Farm; Ecology and Environment Inc.; Evans Bank; Hodgson Russ LLP; JD Hartman, AXA Advisors; Joe & Pamela Priest; Kreher’s Farm Fresh Eggs; TM Montante Development; Vacco Farms, Inc.

Silver Sponsors

CC Environment & Planning; C&S Companies; Darrel Morrison and Nancy Aten; Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, LLP; Lytle Associates; Mark J. Peszko, Esq.; Meibohm Fine Arts; Otis Eastern Service LLC; Phillips Lytle LLP; PRP Financial Solutions LLC; Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf & Cunningham LLC; Solar Liberty; Wendel

Bronze Sponsors

Amanda’s Garden; Astronics Corporation; Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors; Flowers by Nature; Gomez and Sullivan Engineers DPC; Make Communities; McIntosh & McIntosh, PC, Land Surveyors; Richard C. Pohlman, Atty.; Root Down Farm

Media Sponsor

WKBW-TV, Channel 7