25th Anniversary Gala

The Land Conservancy invites you to join us at our 25th Anniversary Gala from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, September 21 in the Golden Ballroom at Statler City in Buffalo! The Gala will feature live gypsy jazz music by The Hot Club of Buffalo, awards, and a live auction. It will also include an open bar with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a full dinner, and dessert.


To attend the gala…

Reservations are $160 per person or $220 for patrons who will be recognized in the printed program. Please wear semi-formal attire.

Please RSVP by September 9 by sending a check to P.O Box 471, East Aurora, NY 14052, made out to the “Western New York Land Conservancy”. Please provide the names of all attendees as well as their meal choice (Center-Cut Strip Steak, Pan Seared Salmon, or Portobella Mushroom Ravioli). If you would prefer to pay online, go to our Donate page. Type in the total value of all of the reservations you are purchasing in the “other” donation amount box. Use the “additional comments” box at the bottom to write the names of the people attending as well as their meal choice.

If you would like to receive a printed invitation, please Contact Us. You can also click here to download the printable invitation.

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

Our 25th Anniversary Gala will feature an exciting live auction run by Buffalo’s own Cash Cunningham! Items will include a stay at a New Zealand Vacation Rental; Getaway Packages for Niagara-on-the-Lake, East Aurora, and a secluded Lake Erie Beachfront property; art from a local artist; and more. Click here for all the details!

If you are unable to attend the Gala but would like to bid on the auction items, please call the Land Conservancy office at (716) 687-1225 by 5pm on Friday, September 16th.

Many thanks to our…

Celebrity Emcee

Steve Tasker

Guest of Honor

Gerry Rising


The Henry J. Kreher Conservation Award: Kathy Lasher
Volunteer of the Year Award: Joanne Schlegel

Gala Chairs

Grace Meibohm
Judy Weidemann

Honorary Chairs

Assemblyman John Ceretto
Senator Patrick Gallivan
Assemblyman Sean Ryanstatler-city-golden-ballroom-23

Gala Committee

Larry Brooks
Rachel Chrostowski
Deborah Fenn
Rachelle Francis
David Hahn-Baker
JD Hartman
Dr. Kevin O’Gorman
Joyce Ortman
John Owen, Jr.
Brad Packard
Mark. J. Peszko, Esq.
Jajean Rose-Burney
Paula Sciuk
Nancy Smith

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