2019 Land Conservancy Gala

The Land Conservancy and our main sponsor, West Herr Automotive Group, invite you to join us at our 5th Annual Gala on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

The gala will take place in the elegant Grand Ballroom at Templeton Landing, overlooking Buffalo’s vibrant waterfront.

This year’s Gala will be a celebration of the incredible accomplishments of the Land Conservancy and its members. The Gala will include a reception with music, hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar with beer, wine, and cocktails. The reception will be followed by a fabulous dinner and dessert.

After dinner, we will honor several exceptional Land Conservancy supporters, including: Dr. Franklin and Linda Meyer as Guests of Honor; Judy Weidemann as the Volunteer of the Year; and the founders and executive director of Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper as the Henry J. Kreher Conservation Awardees.

Our 2019 Gala will also feature an exciting live auction. Check back soon for details about the tempting prizes…

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. See the bottom of this page to purchase reservations online.

The Evening’s Activities

Hors D’oeuvres & Cocktails on the rooftop terrace with live music by La Marimba

Dinner & Awards

Dessert & Live Auction in the Grand Ballroom

Celebrity Emcee

Ashley Rowe, WKBW-TV, Channel 7

Guests of Honor

Dr. Frank & Linda Meyer


The Henry J. Kreher Conservation Award: Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper

Executive Director

Jill Jedlicka


Barry Boyer  Keith Martin  Lynda Schneekloth  Ken Sherman  Margaret Wooster

Volunteer of the Year Award

Judy Weidemann

Gala Chairs

Larry Brooks    Gayle Hutton

Honorary Chairs

Senator Patrick Gallivan   Senator Tim Kennedy   Assembly Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes

Gala Committee

Steve Barber   Lamont Beers   Dr. Leslie Boldt   Larry Brickman   Jarrett Coppin   Courtney Cox   Michael DiCamillo   Peggy Elliott   Deb Fenn   Adam Francis   Kara Frisina   Robert Giannetti   Vicki Haas   David Hahn-Baker   Jordan Hawkins   Sara Heidinger   Spencer Jones   Howard Martin   Grace Meibohm   Ellen Newmaier   Mark Nowaczyk   Dr. Kevin O’Gorman    Don Owens   Jajean Rose-Burney   Kyle Semmel   Nancy Smith   Kayla Stocking   Judy Weidemann

The Land Conservancy would love for your business to sponsor the 2019 Gala. All sponsors will be highlighted on the invitation, event signage, our website, our social media pages, and in press releases. Depending on your sponsorship level, your business will receive complimentary tickets to attend the Gala as well as additional recognition opportunities. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Kara Frisina, Development & Communications Assistant: kfrisina@wnylc.org.


West Herr Automotive Group


Applied Ecological Services, Inc.▪ Delaware North ▪ Lydon Landscape and Design ▪ Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries


Buffalo Southern Railroad ▪ Charles F. Kreiner & Louise H. Kreiner, Jr. ▪ Donald Spoth Farm Ecology & Environment, Inc. ▪ Eden Valley Creamery ▪ Holly and David Hahn-Baker ▪ Janney Montgomery Scott LLC ▪ Joe & Pamela Priest ▪ Kreher’s Farm Fresh Eggs ▪ Rigidized Metals ▪ Savarino Companies ▪ Westview Farms & Greenhouses ▪ Winkelman Farm Conservation Corp.


Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors ▪ C&S Companies Cannon Design ▪ CC Environment & Planning ▪ Dolce Panepinto ▪ Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm ▪ The Knoer Group, PLLC Lippes ▪ Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP ▪ Maid of the Mist ▪ Make Communities ▪ Mark J. Peszko, Esq. ▪ Meibohm Fine Arts ▪ Otis Eastern Service, LLC ▪ Richard C. Pohlman, Esq. ▪ Root Down Farm ▪ Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham, LLC ▪ Undergrounds Coffee House & Roastery ▪ ZeptoMetrix


Amanda’s Garden ▪ Astronics Corporation ▪ Ciminelli Real Estate ▪ Corporation Dailys ▪ Hall, Ricketts, Schuller & Gurbacki, P.C. ▪ Landscapes of Place ▪ Larkin Development Group ▪ Lessons from Nature ▪ McIntosh & McIntosh Land Surveyors ▪ Phillips Lytle LLP ▪ Vacco Farms, Inc.