BEMUS POINT - Dust off the old bell bottoms and platform shoes and get ready to dance. Disco music will be alive and well on Chautauqua Lake this summer in the form of the Boogie Wonder Band. Creche and WCA Hospital invite you to come out and party with them in Bemus Point, '70s style.
On Aug. 11 at 8 p.m., for the third straight summer, the Boogie Wonder Band will perform on the DFT Communications Floating Stage in Bemus Bay. This 10-piece retro/disco show band will take you back to the era of sideburns and afros.
Dan Dalpra, founder of the Bemus Bay Pops and owner of The Italian Fisherman, said, "The real story here is the ability to combine the quality brands of WCA Hospital, Creche, The Italian Fisherman and the Bemus Bay Pops and produce an event that will bring the community to-gether for a great cause that benefits the entire region."
"The setting for a concert on Chautauqua Lake is magical," said Brenda Ireland, Chair of the WCA Hospital Board of Directors. "We are confident that the crowd will enjoy this picturesque setting, great food, and be thoroughly entertained by top-notch performers."
This unique concert event will raise funds for Creche, a local non-profit organization that has been helping children in our area for over 100 years, and for the pediatric patients served by WCA Hospital through the sale of limited, reserved seating tickets.
Two types of tickets are available for sale. The VIP ticket features an elegant dinner and open bar served by a full wait staff on the Italian Fisherman Deck. The Preferred Seating ticket features hot and cold gourmet hors d'oeuvres served on the Italian Fisherman Dockwalk and Lawn. Event sponsorship opportunities, which include Preferred Seating tickets, exist for businesses and individuals.
"We hope this event will increase the community's awareness of Creche as well as raise money to support children in need," said Amy Turner, event organizer and Creche board member. "In addition to the concert, we will be conducting a disco costume contest and a basket raffle."
A portion of each ticket sale will be considered a tax-deductible gift to WCA Hospital. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the VIP and Preferred Seating guests, followed by dinner and hors d'oeuvres at 7 p.m. and the concert at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets or to learn more about event sponsorship, please contact any member of Creche, call 664-8423, stop by the WCA Office of Development, or visit any of these web sites: www.wcahospital.org, www.crecheforkids.org, or www.bemusbaypops.com.
A psychedelic disco-inspired musical group, the Boogie Wonder Band features 10 band members who have been performing together since 1996. The group has shared the stage with '70s legends like Gloria Gaynor and Kool & the Gang. Based in Montreal, they tour throughout Canada and the United States playing a funk- and disco-heavy set list while wearing leisure suits and afro wigs.
With the release of six albums featuring numerous songs, the Boogie Wonder Band makes each show a little different from the last. Some of the cover songs they perform come from well-known acts such as Kool and the Gang, Donna Summer, The Bee Gees and many other party songs that people can sing and dance to.
To learn more, visit the band's web site at www.BoogieWonderBand.com.