Harvest Festival to benefit Hospice Buffalo

Bill and Lynn Markel of Orchard Park, NY, are chairs of the 9th Annual Harvest Festival, a Celebration of Hospice, Friends and Family, presented by the Buffalo Bills. Bill is a Wealth Management Advisor, first vice president with the Markel Group at Merrill Lynch and Lynn has served as a Hospice Buffalo volunteer for five years.

The Harvest Festival will be held on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009 at the Statler Towers in Buffalo, NY. The unique gala will feature a sit down gourmet dinner with unique wines from Maison Rivière; a French vineyard owned by brothers Jean-Pierre and Philipe Rivière.

The popular event also includes an elaborate wine tasting, one-of-a-kind live auction and dessert bar.  Tickets are $200 each or corporate tables of ten for $2,800. The Harvest Festival is sponsored by HSBC, Merrill Lynch, and M&T Bank.

This year's event also features a Grand Prize Drawing of $10,000 Cash. The winner does not need to be present to win. A limited number of tickets are available now for $50 each or 3 for $125 for the drawing. For raffle tickets or more information visit  www.hospicebuffalo.com or call 686-8090. In addition, a live auction featuring trips, private wine cellar collections and more will be held during the evening.

"It is an honor to be chairing this wonderful event and working with the many volunteers and dedicated staff that make Hospice the truly exceptional organization and facility that it is," said Bill Markel.

"We are looking forward to an exciting evening of great wine, food, incredible auction items and music which we are sure will be enjoyed by all," said Lynn Markel. "We are also happy to see a change in venue this year to the Statler Towers.  We are working with Park Lane Catering to make this year's Harvest Festival an outstanding and memorable evening."

The Harvest Festival will benefit the many programs and services of Hospice Buffalo, one of the nation's largest hospice and palliative care programs.  More than 550 patients are cared for daily by Hospice Buffalo and its affiliate agencies, the Hospice Buffalo House at Mitchell Campus, St. John Baptist/Hospice Buffalo House, Home Care Buffalo/Essential Care for Children, Caring Hearts Home Care, and the Life Transitions Center.

For ticket reservations or sponsorship information visitwww.hospicebuffalo.com, or call the Hospice Foundation at 686-8090.

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