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(The Benjaman Gallery): Emily Tucker (716) 553-8483
(YWCA): Deborah Lynn Williams (716) 725-3272
August 30, 2012
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The Benjaman Gallery and YWCA of WNY partner to offer '(Hear me) ROAR!'
Women artists benefiting YWCA women & girls
Opening night cocktail party and silent auction to kick off month-long exhibition and sale of works created by women artists to benefit women & families in WNY.
Friday November 2, 2012, 6–10 p.m.
The Benjaman Gallery, 419 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo (just south of Bryant St.)

YWCA of WNY's "Hear me ROAR!" event kicks-off on Friday November 2nd, 6–10 PM. You do NOT need to buy a ticket for this event. Come look at art by over 40 artists as well as jewelry by Anne Bliss. We hope you will Have a glass of wine with us and see something you like!

Works by over 40 Female Artists: Katie Ambrose, Rita Auerbach, Jolene Beckman, Jeanette Blair, Melissa Campbell, Megan Corcoran, Elaine Cryer, Virginia Cuthbert, Jane Foley Ferraro, Susie Kelly Flatau, Gigi Gatewood, Cheryl Jackson, Felice Koenig, Bethany Krull, Elizabeth Leader, Julie Liberti,Candace Masters, Sharon Morgante, Esther Neisen, Nancy J. Parisi, Catherine Parker, Tara Sasiadek, Claire Shuttleworth, Shasti O'Leary Soudant, Ellen Steinfeld, Rachel Stenclik, Laurie Tanner, Martha Visser’t Hooft, Sara Zak, and many more.

Local jewelry designer Anne Bliss is also participating.

The Benjaman Gallery and the YWCA of WNY partner for the first time offering an exciting event entitled ROAR! An art exhibition and sale of artwork created by women artists to benefit women and families in western New York. There will be an opening night cocktail party and silent auction to kick off month long exhibition.

Date: Friday November 2, 2012
Location: The Benjaman Gallery, 419 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY (just south of Bryant St.)
Time: 6–10 PM
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/453801188014184/

The Benjaman Gallery has been a part of the Allentown Association’s First Friday’s Gallery Walk for years and having opening night for ROAR! coincide with the first night of First Friday’s Gallery Walk makes perfect sense. Many local galleries open their doors that night and lots of people will be out exploring local galleries so it is the perfect time to launch this event.

Emily Tucker, Director of The Benjaman Gallery, said, "My mother and I met Deborah Lynn Williams through a friend a few years ago and over time we learned more about what YWCA of WNY does for women in this community. We began talking about how we might bring the resources we have at the Gallery to benefit YWCA of WNY and developed this idea of women artists benefiting women".

"This event is the first time that YWCA of WNY and The Benjaman Gallery have partnered and we are very excited about the event. The idea of having women artists donate all or part of the proceeds from their work to help other woman and families in this community is fantastic. Women helping other women is so important," said Deborah Lynn Williams, CEO of YWCA of WNY.

YWCA of WNY, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization that has been in existence for 142 years. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. In addition to education and job training for teens, the YWCA offers housing for seniors and transitional housing for homeless women and children and victims of domestic violence. Day care, UPK, and before and after school programming are offered for infants thru school age. Visit www.ywca-wny.org.

The Benjaman Gallery has become an institution in Western New York. Having been in business since 1970, the Gallery has also become a trusted resource for fine art and art services for collectors all over the country. The Benjaman Gallery remains a family owned and operated business in the art district of the vibrant Elmwood strip. Members of the Certified Appraiser Association, the Better Business Bureau and the Elmwood Village Association, The Benjaman Gallery over the years has strived to protect, improve and provide Fine Art Services to the community of Buffalo, New York and its surrounding areas. Visit www.benjamangallery.com.

The YWCA of WNY is a United Way Agency.
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