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2016-02-24 / Local News

Annual ‘Fire and Ice’ set for April 7

by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor

Tickets are now available for the sixth annual Fire and Ice event to benefit the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Foundry, 1738 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

The Fire and Ice chairman, William Mattar, who is also an Eagle Scout, said it is an experience that past attendees look forward to each year. As an adult member, Mattar has been a volunteer leader at the troop level and the council level, and is a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth.

“Once someone attends Fire and Ice for the first time, they come back year after year,” Mattar said. “Fire and Ice is truly a culinary and visual extravaganza, which is why people are so excited for the event every year,” said Mattar.

Fire and Ice will feature themed food stations, drinks, auctions, and ice sculptures for patrons to view. Admission includes an open bar.

Ken Liszewski, finance and marketing executive for the GNFC, said the event provides the organization with funding for a variety of its programs, including financial assistance to allow children to attend summer camps.

Funding is also used to provide Scouting memberships for children.

“We are trying to revitalize Scouting,” he said. The money raised all goes back to our programs, which is the best part.”

Liszewski added that new to this year’s Fire and Ice is an Eagle Scout alumni reception that will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on the day of the event. He said Eagle Scouts interested in participating in the reception should contact Jim Battaglia by emailing James.Battaglia@scouting.org or calling 512-6204.

According to GNFC statistics, since the organization was initiated, more than 1 million young people from WNY have participated in its programs.

Russell Etzenhouse, Scout executive of GNFC, said Fire & Ice celebrates the Scouting experience and the positive impact Scouting has on youths, their families and its volunteers.

“In a time when Buffalo is undergoing an amazing resurgence, there is no better youth program to prepare our young people to be a part of that resurgence than Scouting,” he said.

Fire and Ice tickets are available through April 7 and cost $190 each or $325 per couple. To order tickets, patrons should visit wnyscouting.org/events.

According to event organizers, sponsorship opportunities are also available. In addition, as a way to promote safe driving, Mattar will be providing complimentary service from Designated Drivers of Buffalo.

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