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A Massive Summer Celebration

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 7–11 pm

Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997). Sweet Dreams, Baby! from the portfolio “11 Pop Artists, Vol. III,” 1965. Screen print, from an edition of 200. 37 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches (95.3 x 69.9 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Gift of Tom Wesselmann, 1972. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Photograph by Tom Loonan.



Join us for your 15 minutes of fame at a massive summer celebration inspired by the special exhibition Sweet Dreams, Baby! Life of Pop, London to Warhol.

INSIDE: The Underground
Don’t miss the chance to explore the inspiration for this ultra–Pop art evening: The explosive exhibition Sweet Dreams, Baby! Life of Pop, London to Warhol is chock full of the Albright-Knox’s Pop masterpieces. 

OUTSIDE: Carnaby Street to Greenwich Village
Walk the red carpet in your go-go boots and drainpipe jeans or Marimekko shift, then hang out at the Silver Factory Lounge, enjoying fantastic food and mind-blowing cocktails. Party in the hip atmosphere of 1960s counterculture while you gaze at the superstars on the dance floor.

The celebration will include:
Fab Fare
Signature '60s Drinks
Pop-up Shows and Shops
Open Bar 7–8 pm
Valet Parking

Please allow enough time to arrive, as there is construction on Elmwood Avenue. Alternate self-parking will be available at Buffalo State College.


Join us as a sponsor for considerable benefits and discounts. For more information, please contact Corporate Relations Coordinator Cathy Gatewood at 716.270.8274, or You can also purchase a sponsorship online.

Tickets to this fundraising celebration are $150 each, or $125 for Members. Rsvp to 716.270.8274, or You can also purchase tickets online. Tickets will be available at the Albright-Knox Admissions Desk the day of the event.

All proceeds benefit the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Event Sponsors

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is most grateful to the following sponsors for making this event possible and for raising vital funds that enable the Gallery to continue providing programming and educational opportunities to our community. Please support our generous sponsors.

Rich’s Catering & Special Events

Charles Balbach, Jennifer and Teo Balbach, and Melissa Balbach and John Bace
Penny and Charles Banta
Hodgson Russ LLP

Larkin Square
Jody and Gerald Lippes
NOCO Energy Corp.

Susan O’Connor Baird and Bruce Baird
Barrantys LLC
Bob Bojdak and Sarah Williams
Buffalo Cardiology & Pulmonary Associates
LPCiminelli, Inc.
Magavern Magavern Grimm LLP
Paul William Beltz, P.C.
Phillips Lytle LLP
Lisa and Ted Pierce
Tina Sabuda
Sanderson Wealth Management, LLC

Monica Angle and Sam Magavern
Jennifer Bayles and Robert Steinfeld
The Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Spine Surgery, Helen and Andy Cappuccino
Damon Morey LLP
Greenleaf & Company
Bonnie and Nick Hopkins
Roberta and Michael Joseph
Milestone Consulting, LLC
Nottingham Advisors
Rue Franklin
Summer Street Capital Partners LLC 
UB Neurosurgery, Inc.

Sally Avery
Michelle and Sam Capizzi
Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP
CrestView Business Consulting LLC
Amy and Mark Dietrick
Eric Mower + Associates
Fitness 19 of Western New York
Fowler’s Chocolates
Gerster Sales and Service, Inc.
Leslie and Dan Keane
Linda Maggio
Nova Construction
Oliver’s Restaurant
Deborah Russell
Uniland Development Company
Mary and Paul Wachter

Buffalo Spree
Casady Design
Delaware Camera & Video
Fox Fence Inc.
G&R Tent Rental
North American Breweries
Nicholas Picholas and Janet Snyder, Kiss 98.5
Southern Wine & Spirits
Tony Walker & Co.
Will Poultry Company
Zenger Group

Event Committee

Jennifer and Teo Balbach
Melissa Balbach and John Bace

Michelle Carr and Matt Goldman
Nancy and Greg Stevens

Event Recap

POParazzi! was the place to see and be seen on Thursday, June 20. This year’s summer fundraiser was beyond fabulous, with more than 1,000 guests enjoying their fifteen minutes of fame. POParazzi! celebrated the special exhibition Sweet Dreams, Baby! Life of Pop, London to Warhol and all things Pop.

Guests walked the red carpet, swarmed by paparazzi; explored Life of Pop; hung out in the Silver Lounge; shopped at the AK Pop Shop and Tony Walker & Co.’s pop-up shop, and danced the night away to the music of the 1960s, spun by Nicholas Picholas of Kiss 98.5. One lucky winner also went home with a Robert Rauschenberg triptych lithograph.

The evening’s fab fare—including Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup (of course) and Pop “Couture” Rainbow Jell-O—was generously provided by Presenting Sponsor Rich’s Catering & Special Events, and beverages—including the signature Double Cross Vodka Gimlet—were generously provided by North American Breweries and Southern Wine & Spirits.

The Albright-Knox extends its appreciation to event chairs Jennifer and Teo Balbach, Melissa Balbach and John Bace, Michelle Carr and Matt Goldman, and Nancy and Greg Stevens; emcee Janet Synder and DJ Nicholas Picholas of Kiss 98.5; and everyone who came and helped us kick off another great summer. The evening would not have been possible without our many corporate sponsors and special friends.