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Fall FUNraisers

Western New York has produced some amazing things over the years, from writers and artists to fashion designers and high-quality brews. These early-Fall happenings showcase the prowess of our homegrown talent, and provide a great opportunity to support some worthwhile organizations and charities.

Sept. 14-18: 70th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show
Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, 950 Amherst St., Buffalo

This renowned exhibition attracts some of the world’s top riders and is held on the grounds of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC), home to one of the largest indoor rings in the country. Watch exciting competitions and shop the vendor fair, filled with quality gifts, leather goods and accessories. Proceeds from the show benefit the BTRC, which offers programs for mentally and emotionally impaired, learning disabled and developmentally challenged children. Scheduled hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m, Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (877-9295;

Admission: Most events are free. Tickets for Friday and Saturday evening championship events are $5 and available at the gate.

Sept. 15: Local Author Celebration
Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St., Buffalo

Enrich your library and your mind by joining local authors for informal conversation, book sales and signings. This first Larkin Square Author Series talk since the summer hiatus will showcase more than 60 writers from across all genres. Beer, wine and light fare from The Filling Station will be available throughout the event, which runs from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Doors open at 4:45 for food, drinks and books. (362-2665;

Admission: Free

Sept. 17: Bubblefest
Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Pkwy., Buffalo

Getting into the bubbly was never so much fun. Billed as “Buffalo’s Biggest Bubble-bration,” this daylong event features crafts, a Bubblemania performance and even a dance room with glow-in-the-dark bubbles. Attendees will also be treated to glass fireworking demonstrations by the Corning Museum of Glass. Event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Bubblemania performances at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. (896-5200;

Admission: Free with general museum admission and free for BMS members. Additional charge for Bubblemania performances: $5/show for non-members and $3/show for members.

Sept. 17: Tour de Farms
Classic and Urban Farm Tours start at Rich Products, One Robert Rich Way, Buffalo. Half-Ride participants meet at Bippert’s Farm, 5240 Clinton St., Elma

Enjoy picturesque pedaling on this 35-mile bike tour of urban and rural farms that celebrates sustainable transportation and our connection to the local food system. The Classic Tour begins on Buffalo’s West Side, stops for lunch mid-way, with riders crossing the finish line at Oles Farm in Alden for local food and drink, live music and optional farm tour. Bus rides provided for those who don’t want to ride back (bikes sent back on box trucks). Cyclists not in it for the long haul can meet at noon at Bippert’s Farm in Elma for the Half-Ride. New this year: a roughly 16-mile Urban Farm Tour option that will start and end in the city with an after-party at Community Beer Works. Classic Tour departures start at 9 a.m. and Urban Farm Tour riders head out at 10:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Massachusetts Avenue Project and GObike Buffalo. (

Admission: Classic Tour, $60; Urban Farm Tour, $40; Half-Ride, $45; non-rider Local Food Celebration at Oles Farm, $35 (GObike Buffalo members receive $5 discount.)

Sept. 21: Plate Expectations
Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St., Buffalo

This year’s signature fundraiser for Meals on Wheels of WNY will be “Rolling on the River.” Held at RiverWorks, the indoor-outdoor affair will feature water taxi rides, live music, food and drink, wall of wine, auction, community awards, short walking tours by Explore Buffalo and a rousing demonstration from the Queen City Roller Girls. Event runs 5:30-8:30 p.m. (822-2002 ext. 42;

Admission: $55; patron-level, $75

Sept. 22: Dining in the Dark Gala
Hyatt Regency, 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo

Dine blindfolded at this event that raises awareness and funds for the Olmsted Center for Sight and enjoy fabulous hors d’ oeuvres, wine, beer, dinner and dessert. There will also be basket raffles, live and silent auctions, and a special Art in the Dark auction featuring works by the blind and visually impaired, as well as draped and obscured items to bid on based on touch alone as you experience art through the eyes of someone without sight. Gala is 5:30-9 p.m. (888-4564;

Admission: Individual tickets, $125; two or more tickets, $112.50 each

Sept. 24: Ballpark Brew Bash
Coca-Cola Field

Supporting worthy causes while imbibing craft beers from some of the world’s best breweries makes for a definite win at Coca-Cola Field. Over 50 breweries will be at the park, including local favorites like Resurgence Brewing Company, Community Beer Works, Big Ditch Brewing and Hamburg Brewing Company. VIP tickets entitle guests to hand-selected rare beers, elaborate food spread and great views from a designated section of Pettibones Grille. Tickets available at any Consumers Beverages location (with no service fee), the Buffalo Bisons ticket office or at (;

Admission: $35 presale; $45 day of event. Includes souvenir glass and 20 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets available for $1 each. VIP tickets, $75. Designated drivers admitted for $5 donation.

Oct. 7: The Buffalo Fashion Show
Adam’s Mark Hotel & Events Center, 120 Church St., Buffalo

Stretching promotion and participation to Toronto, NYC, Atlanta, Miami and LA, this year’s event will be bursting at the seams with talent, as local, national and international designers showcase their creations. Expect everything from swimwear and workout clothing to urban apparel and wearable art. More than 60 models will be strutting their stuff, and 30 vendors will be displaying their products and services. Be dazzled from 5:30-11 p.m. (516-610-7921;

Admission: General, $40; VIP (includes VIP row seating, food and beverage, and swag bag), $80; Premier (includes VIP perks along with dinner at Harbor Bistro & Bar and photo opps with designers and models), $150

Oct. 14: The BCAT event 2016
Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, 1221 Main St., Buffalo

This year’s annual fundraiser for the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology will feature an art auction of 16 original pieces by celebrated local photographer, muralist and arts educator Max Collins. Based on student writings about the Olmsted Parks, this will be Collins’ last set of work in the area before he ventures to the West Coast. Proceeds will benefit BCAT and their mission of helping students graduate from high school through exposure to the arts. (259-1680;

Admission: $75

Oct. 14: Dish it Out for Kids
Salvatore’s Italian Gardens

Local professional and celebrity chefs will duke it out for top honors during this popular event in support of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Enjoy gourmet dishes made with the finest local and New York State ingredients, as well as fine wines and local microbrews. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. and programs and live auction from 8:30-9:30 p.m. (842-6333 ext. 7021;

Admission: $150/person; $200/couple

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