DISCOVERY GALA AUGUST 16 – Join us as the History Center of Niagara presents an outdoor evening of fine food, good company and beautiful items for auction to benefit the Center. The fourth annual Gala Dinner and Auction will be held Saturday, August 16, from 6-9 p.m., at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St. in Lockport. Guests will enjoy a summer evening dining alfresco in historic downtown Lockport within sight of the Erie Canal.

Discovery Gala & Auction guests will partake of delicious cuisine with table seating, catered by the award-winning Shamus Restaurant. The menu will include Teriyaki Chicken Satay; Shrimp Wrapped with Bacon; Roast Beef, Turkey and Mozzarella Crostinis; and Vegetable Pizza.

A grand selection of wine from Schulze Vineyards & Winery and craft beer from Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company will accompany the fine food. After the meal, guests will enjoy dessert provided by Cream & Sugar Ice Cream Café, Barker Chocolate Box, Village Bake Shoppe, and scoops of ice cream from Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream. And, for everyone’s listening pleasure, the Buffalo jazz ensemble Pro Bono will entertain throughout the evening.

Live and silent auctions will add to the excitement, offering a great assortment of paintings by regional artists, plus several spectacular overnight stays at hotels such as Salvatore’s Grand Hotel and choice of one of Niagara’s Finest inns in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.; a half-day of sport fishing with Wet Net Charters; a sail on the “Spirit of Buffalo” with dinner for two at Pearl Street Grill; and many dining packages.

Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour will return as our very capable and entertaining auctioneer.

For over 90 years, the History Center of Niagara has preserved and protected the history of Niagara County and the Erie Canal. Discovery Gala and Auction proceeds will be used to develop and expand the many adult and children’s education programs conducted during the year.

Gala attendees are welcome to enjoy the latest exhibit of art and artifacts at the Penney Gallery, which tell the story of the life of local philanthropist and collector Charles Rand Penney.

Tickets for the Discovery Center Gala and Auction are $50. For tickets and information, please call the Niagara History Center, (716) 434-7433, or Erie Canal Discovery Center, (716) 439-0431.

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