Thursday, November 12, 2009

Give Local: WNY Artists & The Buffalo City Mission

On Friday December 11th, 2009, at 7pm, NOMAD Art & Lit Magazine will be hosting a "Give Local" holiday fundraiser for Buffalo City Mission, in conjunction with Salvatore's Italian Gardens, The Buffalo Downtowner, Starlight Gallery and Sweetness 7 Cafe. "Give Local" is an incentive to support art, music, business and organizations of Buffalo and Western New York.

This event, free and open to all public, combines donated artwork from area artists, (including photographs, paintings, drawings, small poetry books, jewelry, sculptures), local music and holiday gift buying on December 11 at Starlight Gallery. Food and beverage provided by Sweetness 7 Cafe and Salvatore's Italian Gardens. Music and sound donated by by WAM (a group of local writers/artists/musicians that hold monthly events, showcasing new talent and connecting the Buffalo creative community.

Those who make a $20 donation to The Buffalo City Mission on December 11, will be given a ticket upon donation. At 8:30pm, after dinner and beverages, ticket numbers will be called and ticket-holders will be invited to select a piece of original Buffalo art, on a first-come-first-serve basis, ticket sale (donation) begins at 7pm.

The Buffalo City Mission
founded in 1917, is a not-for-profit organization that provides preventative, emergency and long-term recovery services to thousands of men, women and children who are homeless or impoverished. The Mission includes: Women and Children’s Shelter (Cornerstone Manor); the Men’s Community Center; the Mission Motors Vehicle Donation Program; and two thrift store locations to better serve our community.
Contact: 854-8181.

NOMAD Magazine is an art and literary magazine functioning as a portable gallery focusing on local talents and will be celebrating the release of their second issue at this event. NOMAD Magazine, created by Editor Erica Eichelkraut, gathers, packages and shares art and literary works with the public distributed for free around Buffalo. Contact: Erica Eichelkraut,

Starlight Studio & Art Gallery
, (across from Babeville and Hallwalls) 340 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo NY 14202, provides an open art studio environment with individual guidance for the cultivation of artistic expression for people who have disabilities. Created by Learning Disabilities Association of WNY, artists at Starlight have the opportunity to work with a variety of mediums and artists. Contact:, 716-842-1525.

Salvatore's Italian Gardens, open since 1967, earned the coveted Triple A 3 Diamond Award and the “Millennium International Award of Excellence” in Las Vegas Nevada as one of America’s top 100 restaurants of the 20th century. Located at 6461 Transit Rd, Depew NY 14043, Joseph and Russell Salvatore are responsible for one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world. Contact: Joseph/Russell Salvatore,, 716 - 683-7990.

The Buffalo Downtowner is a monthly newspaper published in Buffalo, NY directed to the people, events and the city of Buffalo and its environs. Distributed monthly to over 100 venues in Downtown, Allentown & Elmwood Villages and Duty Free Canada. Contact:, 716-771-9450.

Sweetness_ 7 Cafe/Grant Street Gallery, located at 216-220 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY 14213, is cheerful, comfortable neighborhood cafe and local artists community. Prish Moran, owner, provides a fine coffeehouse for the people while continually providing support for the communities of Buffalo that are less fortunate. Contact: 716- 883- 1783.

For event information, view/download flier, and donate artwork to this cause, contact : Erica Eichelkraut, The donated artwork is due Dec 1st, a gallery preview will be on display Dec 4 at Starlight and the event is on Dec. 11 at 7pm.

Come on down to Starlight Gallery on Dec 11, 2009 at 7pm to support our city, enjoy fine food and beverages, listen to great local talent and purchase a holiday gift for a loved one while supporting The Buffalo City Mission. $20 dollars feeds 10 people. Make a difference. Keep the money in our city. Support local art, music, business and organizations. WNY Artists are giving tiny gifts to make a big difference. Be a part of the art. Give Local.

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Susan Marie Public Relations
New York USA 2009

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