2017 Land Conservancy Gala

The Land Conservancy invites you to join us at our 2017 Gala from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Tuesday, September 26 in the Golden Ballroom at Statler City in Buffalo! The Gala will feature live 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.

Thank you to our Main Sponsor, West Herr, and all of our other sponsors listed below.

To attend the gala…

Reservations are $160 per person or $220 for patrons who will be recognized in the printed program. You can also purchase a discounted table for 10 for $1,440 or 12 for $1,760. Or you can become a Gala sponsor at $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500, or $5000. Please wear semi-formal attire.

Please RSVP by September 13 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, Stuffed Chicken Breast, or Portobello 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 22nd.

Live Auction


Our 2017 Gala will feature an exciting live auction led by Kelly Schultz. The auction items will include a New Zealand vacation rental; an adventure package at Port Abino; a getaway package for East Aurora; two Fishing Charters; artwork from famed local artist, Thomas Kegler; and more.

Click here to check out this year’s fabulous auction items!

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 22nd.

Many thanks to our…

Celebrity Emcee
Steve Tasker

Guests Of Honor
Don & Barbara Owens

Darrel Morrison, The Henry J. Kreher Conservation Award
Sally Cunningham, Volunteer Of The Year Award

Gala Chairs
Robert Giannetti
Grace Meibohm

Honorary Chairs
SUNY Fredonia President Dr. Virginia Horvath
Senator Chris Jacobs
Senator Tim Kennedy

Gala Committee
Larry Brickman
Larry Brooks
Rachel Chrostowski
Michael Di Camillo
Alicia Fahrner
Deborah Fenn
Rachelle Francis
Susan Geissler
Vicki Haas
David Hahn-Baker
JD Hartman
Gayle Hutton
Gustavo Lima
Mary Helen Miskuly
Ellen Moomaw
Ellen Neumaier
Mark Nowaczyk
Joyce Ortman
John Owen, Jr.
Brad Packard
Mark J. Peszko, Esq.
Jajean Rose-Burney
Eli Sipos
Nancy Smith
Kayla Stocking
Sarah Tasker
Priscilla Titus
Judy Weidemann