Foundation Scholarship Gala Celebrates Science—in Motion
The Buffalo State College Foundation will celebrate “Science in Motion,” the 12th annual Foundation Scholarship Gala, on Saturday, May 2, at the Connecticut Street Armory. Fun, exciting demonstrations and research by students and faculty in the School of Natural and Social Sciences will dramatize the theme of discovery and innovation.
To further embellish the concept and festive mood, the menu will include items that illustrate the concept of molecular gastronomy and cocktails that foam and fizz.
Eunice A. Lewin and Howard A. Zemsky chair this year’s event. Longtime presenting sponsors BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and M&T Bank are joined this year by Niagara’s Finest Inns.
In keeping with the economy and many fundraising events this season, the gala will be less formal than in previous years. “It’s still going to be fun, creative, and inspiring—just a bit less elaborate,” said Susanne P. Bair, vice president for institutional advancement. “We want people to be able to attend and the proceeds to go where they’re needed most—to scholarships for deserving All College Honors students.”
Black tie is optional. Instead, dressy, creative attire is encouraged. As the invitation states, “creative orange tie” is optional. For those who prefer formal wear, event organizers have worked with Tuxedo Junction on discounted rentals. The gala will retain its traditional formal dinner, with students serving and performing.
Live auction items will feature local experiences rather than long trips that incur added costs. For example, a tugboat tour for four of historic sites along the Buffalo River will be a featured item. Caleb P. Basiliko, Great Lakes Center ship’s captain, and Curt Muma, captain of Rebellion Tug and Barge, will serve as tour guides. Also up for bid is a twilight helicopter ride over the Niagara Gorge that will be timed to include the lighting of the Falls.
Proceeds from the gala help fund scholarships for deserving students in the college’s rigorous All College Honors Program. The program, which began in 1984 with 45 students and now supports 155 students, provides unique opportunities for scholarships, internships, and networking. Over the years, the gala has generated more than $1.5 million for the program.
At this year’s event, gourmet food and wine pairings will be provided by the Premier Group and Rich Renaissance Catering. A cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m., dancing, and the auction. Tickets for the event are $200 per person. For more information, call Pamela Voyer at 878-3725.