WILLIAMSVILLE — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities will host their inaugural "Burgers, Brews and Blues" summer fundraiser on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at St. Mary of the Angels at 201 Reist St. Event proceeds will benefit the sisters' important ministries throughout Western New York and beyond.
The evening's activities will begin with a social hour starting at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and live music featuring Buffalo Music Hall of Fame jazz and blues vocalist Janice Mitchell, accompanied by the Jim Beishline Trio, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Mitchell's extensive musical background includes five world tours as a backup singer for Ray Charles. She has also performed live as a backup vocalist for Stevie Wonder, Fabian, Yvonne Elliman and numerous others.
Beishline has accompanied nationally known pop and blues artists, including Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters when they performed in Buffalo, and has also played piano for numerous local recording artists. Beishline and Mitchell became musical partners in the late 1990s.
The Sisters of St. Francis have served the Western New York region and maintained a meaningful presence in the Diocese of Buffalo for nearly 155 years.
Event sponsors include Dopkins & Company LLP, Martin Davison Public Relations, Wardynski Meats and Caputi Wine and Liquor. Advance sale tickets are $35 per person.