BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Friends of the Center for the Arts will
present "The Roaring 20s," the center's sixth annual Masquerade
Ball, to be held from 6 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 30 in the atrium
of the Center for the Arts on the University at Buffalo's North
The event will be sponsored by Gibraltar, The Global Group,
Daffodils, BuffaloAtHome.com, Star 102.5, Commercial Print &
Imaging, Natural White and Ivoclar.
UB President John B. Simpson and Katherine L. Gower are honorary
chairs. Marilyn Ciancio and Carol Greiner are event chairs.
Proceeds from the celebration will benefit the introduction of
children to the live performing arts through the center's
Schooltime Transportation Fund, Dance Outreach Residency and
Explore the Arts Summer Program.
Stefan Mychajliw of WGRZ-TV and Sue O'Neill of Star 102.5 will
host the event. The theme of the night will be "The Roaring 20s."
The center's stages and backstage areas will be transformed into a
1920s speakeasy. Costumes or creative black tie are encouraged, but
not required. Costumes will be judged for prizes.
A special performance presented by the UB Department of Theatre
& Dance's Zodiaque Dance Company will be a highlight of the
evening's festivities. Patrons will dance to the jazz and swing
music of Lance Diamond. The event will include a live auction with
Cash Cunningham, and silent and theme tray auctions that include
furniture, theatre tickets, original art, Scanlon's jewelry,
autographed memorabilia and weekend get-a-way packages.
Tickets for the event are $65 per person. The event will begin
on the Drama Theatre stage with an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and
silent and theme tray auctions. At 7:30 p.m. the event will move to
the Mainstage for dinner, desserts, cash bar and auctions. The
menu, prepared by Daffodils, will include: carving, pasta,
stir-fry, potato bar, and dessert stations. Global Wine &
Spirits will provide a champagne toast and wine with dinner.
The mission of the Friends of the Center for the Arts is to
create an environment for the visual and performing arts to
flourish through education, exploration, collaboration and
presentation. Each year the center programs a professional dance
residency, which benefits not only the UB students but the Western
New York community as well. The residency program is designed to
bring together dance students, students of related performing and
fine art disciplines, dance companies and schools from throughout
the community. Residency activities and master classes are provided
at no cost to area schools that are interested in participating.
Previous center dance residencies have reached more than 1,000
Western New York school children.
The Friends of the Center for the Arts provide financial support
to the center's School Time Transportation Stipend program. This
program has benefited hundreds of underserved area school
For more information, call 645-6774 or go to http://www.ubcfa.org.