Explore Buffalo announces Grain Alley Gala event

Explore Buffalo’s annual fundraising event will take place in Buffalo’s historic First Ward in 2017! Come see what the excitement is all about from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, during the Grain Alley Gala at the newly renovated Barrel Factory at 65 Vandalia St., and support the continued growth of Explore Buffalo’s educational programs.

Your ticket to the event includes appetizers and two drink tickets and a great evening of live music in one of Buffalo’s newest entertainment destinations. Tours of Lakeward Distillery inside the Barrel Factory will be given throughout the evening. The Grain Alley Gala will also feature live and silent auctions and a raffle of many unique Buffalo-themed experiences and items. Many of these experiences are unavailable to the general public, including original artwork by some of Buffalo’s best-known artists and opportunities to have lunch with some of Buffalo’s movers and shakers!

A VIP Ticket, sponsored by Winthrop Financial, allows early access to the event at 5:30 p.m., with in-depth tours of the Barrel Factory led by the building’s developers along with a sample from Lakeward Distillery. A unique specialty drink will also be available during the VIP reception (for one drink ticket), and VIP Ticket holders will receive a complimentary gift in appreciation of their support of Explore Buffalo!

Event sponsors include H&S Hearing and Speech of WNY, Regan Landscape, Rigidized Metals Corp., Evans Bank, Frandina Engineering and Land Surveying, Winthrop Financial, The Barrel Factory, Carmina-Wood-Morris, Chicago Title, DelVechio & Stadler, Elevator Alley Kayak and Grayline Tours.

Ticket prices are $60 for general admission or $90 for a VIP Ticket. Explorer Pass holders will receive a $5 discount.

Tickets can be purchased online at explorebuffalo.org or by calling (716) 245-3032. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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