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A Massive Summer Celebration

Thursday, June 21, 2012, 7–11 pm

Join us, in celebration of our 150th anniversary year, for a massive summer celebration inspired by the special exhibition Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s.

The celebration will include:
"Retro gourmet" fare
Open bar 7–8 pm
Punk, funk, rock, disco—the ’70s had it all


INSIDE: Experience the special exhibition Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s and the COLLISION of ideas that exploded in Buffalo in the 1970s, catapulting our city to the forefront of the post-modern American avant-garde.

OUTSIDE: Go retro. Enjoy food and drinks and get down on the original Saturday Night Fever dance floor, made in Buffalo in 1977 by Litelab Corp.

Complimentary self-parking will be available at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, and the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Valet parking will also be available.

Tickets to this fundraising celebration are $150 each. Rsvp by Friday, June 15, 2012, to 716.270.8274, or You can also purchase tickets online.

All proceeds benefit the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Exhibition SPONSORS 

Wish You Were Here
is presented by First Niagara.

This exhibition has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of The Kraus Family Foundation, The John R. Oishei Foundation, The Seymour H. Knox Foundation, Paul William Beltz LLC, D-B Trust, the Banta Family, The Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation, and donations made in memory of Melissa W. Banta, Anne Haughton, and Shirley Zemsky.

Additional support has been provided by Bill and Linda Magavern, Cindy and Francis Letro, Ann N. Bonte, Mary and Sheldon Berlow, and Margie and Sandy Nobel.

Event Sponsors

First Niagara
Rich’s Catering


Hodgson Russ LLP
Larkin Square

Buffalo Cardiology & Pulmonary Associates
Hiscock & Barclay, LLP
Sanderson Wealth Management, LLC

Susan O’Connor Baird and Bruce Baird
Penny and Charles Banta
Buffalo Spine Surgery, Andy and Helen Cappuccino
David Elias, Alesco Advisors LLC
Kate and Stephen Foley
Bonnie and Nick Hopkins
Mary Jo and Peter Hunt
J.P. Bullfeathers Restaurant
Christina and Ludvik Karl
Niagara Falls Redevelopment, LLC
UB Neurosurgery, Inc. 
Univera Healthcare

Monica Angle and Sam Magavern
Charles E. Balbach
Jennifer Bayles and Robert Steinfeld
Chiampou, Travis, Besaw & Kershner LLP
Evelyn Gray Interiors
Friends of Anthony Masiello
Roberta and Michael Joseph
Smith & Company
Phyllis and Dirk VanDeMark
Margie and Larry Whistler
Whitten Arts Foundation
Janet and Wayne Wisbaum
ZH Racine Exclusive Jewelry, Zhanna and Val Racine

All Season Rental
Buffalo Spree
Capital Fence Co., Inc.
Casady Design
Empire Merchants North
Moët Hennessy USA
North American Breweries
Will Poultry Company
Zenger Group

Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities for this special event. To join our list of generous sponsors, please contact Corporate Relations Coordinator Cathy Gatewood at 716.270.8274 or

Event Committee


Lori and Dan Cantara
Mary and Bill Gisel
Carolyn and John Yurtchuk

Nancy and Greg Stevens
Margie and Larry Whistler

Event Recap

On Thursday, June 21, the Albright-Knox hosted Collision, a summer fundraiser celebrating our 150th anniversary year and the special exhibition Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s.

Guests were invited to check out 1970s classic cars from the collections of Al Forster, Bill Magavern, and John Yurtchuk; tour Wish You Were Here with featured artists and the Gallery’s curators; and get down on the original Saturday Night Fever dance floor, made by Buffalo’s Litelab in 1977, to music by DJ Alexandra Spaulding.

“Retro gourmet” fare was generously provided by Presenting Sponsor Rich’s Catering and beverages were generously provided by Belvedere Vodka, North American Breweries, and Terrazas.

The Gallery also extends its appreciation to Presenting Sponsor First Niagara and event chairs Dan and Lori Cantara, Bill and Mary Gisel, Nancy and Greg Stevens, John and Carolyn Yurtchuk, and Margie and Larry Whistler. 

View photos from Collision, below.