Graycliff Gala 2010 Press Release

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The Graycliff Gala

For Immediate Release

(Buffalo, N.Y.) – Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of the Graycliff Conservancy, Inc., with the first annual Graycliff Gala.

The Larkin at Exchange Building at 726 Exchange St. in Buffalo will be the setting for the Graycliff Gala on Friday, June 25th, 2010, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. The Larkin at Exchange Building, now beautifully rehabilitated, was originally one of the warehouses of the Larkin Soap Company, whose administration building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

All proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Graycliff Conservancy, Inc., which is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Graycliff Estate, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Admission is $125 (or $160 for non-members of the Conservancy, which also includes a one-year membership.) Please contact the Conservancy at 716-947-9217 or for admission.

The Graycliff Gala will feature gourmet dinner stations, delicious hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, and dinner. Guitarist Paul Schulte was perform jazz classics.


A truly spectacular live auction will feature such extraordinary items as:

Summer Twilight at Graycliff
Graycliff as the Martin family itself did, an oasis of tranquility on a summer evening. You and fifteen guests will enjoy a very private evening of cheeses with summer fruits and wine as your stroll Graycliff terraces and balconies, admiring the sweeping views of Lake Erie and Canada beyond. Let the cares of the work-a-day world drift away as your discover the repose of Graycliff.

Wright at Home for the Night
A rare opportunity for an overnight stay in the privately owned Davidson House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This beautiful Prairie-style home will be yours for your and three of your guests for your overnight stay. A bountiful breakfast prepared by the owner will be presented when you awaken from your restful slumber.

Dinner in Provence
Be utterly transported for an evening—without the need for a passport--to the south of France. You and eleven of your friends and family will experience the pleasure of exquisite wines and truly extraordinary cuisine from the Provence region. Enjoy a splendid dinner in relaxed elegance, employing the freshest possible ingredients from both land and sea, in a lovely private home and garden. Hostess Sharon Osgood will prepare the picnic including serving grilled duck breast with a vintage 1990 first growth Château Margaux and lemon-lavender tart with 1995 Château d'Yquem. Min. Bid: $1000

Gathering at the Wright Rowing Boat House
Water and Wright will unite to create a truly extraordinary private evening for you and your guests, twenty in all, at the newest Wright building in Buffalo. Be among the first to savor gourmet cheeses and wines overlooking the spectacular Buffalo waterfront on a languid summer evening.

Yachting, Anyone?
Join with a friend and bid on this well-appointed cruise on the Niagara River. Cheery cocktails and sumptuous dinner buffet served aboard The Harriet for up to six people. A 43’ private yacht, The Harriet will wind its way along the waterfront as you dine, the ultimate in relaxation and luxuriousness. Hosted by Dr. Thomas Jambro, owner and captain.

Yachting for Landlubbers
The gracious hospitality of the Buffalo Yacht Club will allow you and five guests to enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Erie, Fort Erie, and the mouth of the mighty Niagara River, all on dry land. Enjoy convivial cocktails and exceptional fare at the third-oldest yacht club in the United State, combining history and scenic beauty for an evening of unstinting relaxation.

Experience Historic Forest Lawn
A two hour in-depth an extraordinary behind the scenes tour of Forest Lawn Cemetery for twenty people on an air-conditioned coach with Forest Lawn President Joseph Dispenza. The tour will include a look at Blue Sky Mausoleum, the new Martin Family Memorial, the Larkin Family lot and perhaps even a visit by some Forest Lawn notables.

Guests will enjoy a wine and cheese reception, with a strolling violinist in the Forest Lawn Chapel, located on the grounds of this historic landmark property. Winner must notify Forest Lawn to arrange for a mutually agreeable date and time for this event.

Behind the Scenes at the Darwin D. Martin House Complex
A private tour for up to twenty guests presented by the Martin House Restoration Corporation’s Executive Director Mary F. Roberts. Guests will enjoy wine, beer and light fare before this exceptional “Behind the Scenes” tour. First hand information about the fascinating restoration process, a peek at areas rarely seen, and the opportunity to learn the unique history of the Martin family residence by your gracious and knowledgeable hostess.

A Chinese Auction for exclusive Gift Baskets will also be featured, as well as displays of original Larkin Company products.

Sponsors of the Graycliff Gala include:

Porte Cochere Level:
First Niagara Bank

Isabelle’s Balcony Level:
Ami and Warren Greatbatch and Family
BRD Construction
Chaintreuil Jensen Stark Architects
Collins Advisors LLC
Diane Chrisman
EBS Engineering, PC
Evans Bank
Fred & Diane Schrenk
Harris Beach Attorneys at Law
Lauer-Manguso & Associates Architects
Sharon Osgood, Esq.

Darwin’s Balcony Level
Harold C. Brown & Co. LLC
Kromac Design
Lamparelli Construction
Larkin Development Group
National Fuel
R&P Oakhill Development, LLC
Reger Holdings, LLC
The Krog Corporation
Young + Wright Architectural

About Graycliff: Set high on a cliff with sweeping views over Lake Erie, Graycliff stands as an architectural jewel awaiting your discovery. Built between 1926 and 1931, the Graycliff Estate was designed by the renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright for Isabelle R. Martin and her husband, Larkin Company executive Darwin D. Martin. Graycliff served as the Martin summer home from 1927 to the mid-1940s. A complex of three buildings set amidst more than eight acres of rolling lawns and gardens also designed by Wright, Graycliff is a scenic and simple 20 minute drive south of downtown Buffalo in the town of Derby. A New York State Landmark, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Graycliff Estate is a vital element of the community-wide initiative to advance cultural tourism. Frank Lloyd Wright designed Graycliff for Isabelle Martin, and it was she who had the most influence over the design. Isabelle Martin’s failing vision led her to direct Wright to create structures full of sunlight and air. Wright fulfilled her wishes magnificently.

About the Graycliff Conservancy: The non-profit Graycliff Conservancy was founded in 1997 specifically to acquire, preserve, and restore the Graycliff Estate. A true grass-roots success story, thanks to volunteers and professionals throughout Western New York and across the United States, the Graycliff Conservancy has accomplished most of its original goals, and is making great progress in completing restoration of the Graycliff Estate, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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