BEMUS POINT - WCA Hospital and Creche are hosting a 1970s disco party as part of the Boogie Wonder Band's performance at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The concert will raise money for Creche, a local non-profit organization that has been helping children in our area for more than 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 a 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, are available.
Brenda Ireland, WCA Hospital board chair, joins Bemus Bay Pops representatives Dan Dalpra and Michelle Turner, and Creche board members Amy Turner and Sandy Calalesina.
"We hope this event will increase the community's awareness of Creche as well as raise money to support children in need," says 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. We invite everyone in our community to generously support our non-profit organization, the kids we are dedicated to serving, and our community hospital by joining us on August 11th for this spectacular event."
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, contact any member of Creche, call 664-8423, stop by the WCA Office of Development, or visit wcahospital.org, crecheforkids.org or bemusbaypops.com.
The Boogie Wonder Band features 10 band members who have been performing together since 1996. The group has shared the stage with 1970s artists like Gloria Gaynor and Kool & the Gang, and played at events for Sharpie, Levi's and Cirque du Soleil. 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.
"The idea is to give the audience the sights and sounds of the 1970s. It's a high-energy show and the closest thing you get to that time," says bass player Boogie Cindy. "Dress up. It helps to get people loose, up and dancing. It's a big party. It's music that's all about happiness and I think people need that. For two hours they forget about everything else."
For more information on the band, visit BoogieWonderBand.com.