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Summer Celebration

Thursday, June 20, 2013

7 pm - 11 pm EDT

Guests arrived on the red carpet to swarming paparazzi. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

POParazzi! was the place to see and be seen on Thursday, June 20. This year’s summer fundraiser was beyond fabulous, with more than 1,000 guests enjoying their 15 minutes of fame. POParazzi! celebrated the special exhibition Sweet Dreams, Baby! Life of Pop, London to Warhol and all things Pop.

Guests walked the red carpet, swarmed by paparazzi; explored Life of Pop; hung out in the Silver Lounge; shopped at the AK Pop Shop and Tony Walker & Co.’s pop-up shop, and danced the night away to the music of the 1960s, spun by Nicholas Picholas of Kiss 98.5. One lucky winner also went home with a Robert Rauschenberg triptych lithograph.

The evening’s fab fare—including Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup (of course) and Pop “Couture” Rainbow Jell-O—was generously provided by Presenting Sponsor Rich’s Catering & Special Events, and beverages—including the signature Double Cross Vodka Gimlet—were generously provided by North American Breweries and Southern Wine & Spirits.

The Albright-Knox extends its appreciation to event chairs Jennifer and Teo Balbach, Melissa Balbach and John Bace, Michelle Carr and Matt Goldman, and Nancy and Greg Stevens; emcee Janet Synder and DJ Nicholas Picholas of Kiss 98.5; and everyone who came and helped us kick off another great summer. The evening would not have been possible without our many corporate sponsors and special friends.

Presenting Sponsor

Spotlight Sponsors

Charles Balbach, Jennifer and Teo Balbach, and Melissa Balbach and John Bace
Penny and Charles Banta
Hodgson Russ LLP

Fame Sponsors

Larkin Square
Jody and Gerald Lippes
NOCO Energy Corp.

Stargazer Sponsors

Susan O’Connor Baird and Bruce Baird
Barrantys LLC
Bob Bojdak and Sarah Williams
Buffalo Cardiology & Pulmonary Associates
LPCiminelli, Inc.
Magavern Magavern Grimm LLP
Paul William Beltz, P.C.
Phillips Lytle LLP
Lisa and Ted Pierce
Tina Sabuda
Sanderson Wealth Management, LLC

Pop Sponsors

Monica Angle and Sam Magavern
Jennifer Bayles and Robert Steinfeld
The Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Spine Surgery, Helen and Andy Cappuccino
Damon Morey LLP
Greenleaf & Company
Bonnie and Nick Hopkins
Roberta and Michael Joseph
Milestone Consulting, LLC
Nottingham Advisors
Rue Franklin
Summer Street Capital Partners LLC 
UB Neurosurgery, Inc.

Entourage Sponsors

Sally Avery
Michelle and Sam Capizzi
Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP
CrestView Business Consulting LLC
Amy and Mark Dietrick
Eric Mower + Associates
Fitness 19 of Western New York
Fowler’s Chocolates
Gerster Sales and Service, Inc.
Leslie and Dan Keane
Linda Maggio
Nova Construction
Oliver’s Restaurant
Deborah Russell
Uniland Development Company
Mary and Paul Wachter