Boogie Wonder Band Concert on Bemus Floating Stage to benefit Crèche and WCA Pediatrics

Brenda Ireland, Chair of the WCA Hospital Board of Directors, joins Bemus Bay Pops representatives Dan Dalpra and Michelle Turner, and Crèche board members Amy Turner and Sandy Calalesina, to announce the Boogie Wonder Band in concert on Saturday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m. to benefit Crèche and pediatric patients served by WCA Hospital.

Bemus Point, New York (Monday, July 2, 2012)—Dust off the old bell bottoms and platform shoes and get ready to dance. Disco music will be alive and well on Chautauqua Lake this summer in the form of the Boogie Wonder Band. Crèche and WCA Hospital invite you to come out and party with them in Bemus Point, ’70s style.

On Saturday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m., for the third straight summer, the Boogie Wonder Band will perform on the DFT Communications Floating Stage in Bemus Bay. This ten-piece retro/disco show band will take you back to the era of sideburns and afros.

Dan Dalpra, founder of the Bemus Bay Pops and owner of The Italian Fisherman, says, “The real story here is the ability to combine the quality brands of WCA Hospital, Crèche, The Italian Fisherman and the Bemus Bay Pops and produce an event that will bring the community together for a great cause that benefits the entire region.”

“The setting for a concert on Chautauqua Lake is magical,” says Brenda Ireland, Chair of the WCA Hospital Board of Directors. “We are confident that the crowd will enjoy this picturesque setting, great food, and be thoroughly entertained by top-notch performers.”

This unique concert event will raise funds for Crèche, a local non-profit organization that has been helping children in our area for over 100 years, and for the pediatric patients served by WCA Hospital through the sale of limited, reserved seating tickets.

Two types of tickets are available for sale. The VIP ticket features an eloquent dinner and open bar served by a full wait staff on the Italian Fisherman Deck. The Preferred Seating ticket features hot and cold gourmet hors d’oeuvres served on the Italian Fisherman Dockwalk and Lawn. Event sponsorship opportunities, which include Preferred Seating tickets, exist for businesses and individuals.

“We hope this event will increase the community’s awareness of Crèche as well as raise money to support children in need,” says Amy Turner, event organizer and Crèche board member. “In addition to the concert, we will be conducting a disco costume contest and a basket raffle. We invite everyone in our community to generously support our non-profit organization, the kids we are dedicated to serving, and our community hospital by joining us on August 11th for this spectacular event.”

A portion of each ticket sale will be considered a tax-deductible gift to WCA Hospital. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the VIP and Preferred Seating guests, followed by dinner and hors d’oeuvres at 7:00 p.m. and the concert at 8:00 p.m. To purchase tickets or to learn more about event sponsorship, please contact any member of Crèche, call 716-664-8423, stop by the WCA Office of Development, or visit any of these web sites:,, or

A psychedelic disco-inspired musical group, the Boogie Wonder Band features ten band members who have been performing together since 1996. The group has shared the stage with ’70s legends like Gloria Gaynor and Kool & the Gang, and played at events for Sharpie, Levi’s and Cirque du Soleil. Based in Montreal, they tour throughout Canada and the United States playing a funk- and disco-heavy set list while wearing leisure suits and afro wigs.

With the release of six albums featuring numerous songs, the Boogie Wonder Band makes each show a little different than the last. Some of the cover songs they perform come from well-known acts such as Kool and the Gang, Donna Summer, The Bee Gees and many other party songs that people can sing and dance to.

“The idea is to give the audience the sights and sounds of the 1970s. It’s a high-energy show and the closest thing you get to that time,” says bass player Boogie Cindy. “Dress up. It helps to get people loose, up and dancing. It’s a big party. It’s music that’s all about happiness and I think people need that. For two hours they forget about everything else.”

To learn more, please visit the band’s web site at