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BY: Kori Sciandra | January 24, 2013

NORTH TONAWANDA - Join North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt and his wife, Meghan, for an evening of cocktails, Hors D’Oeuvres, and dancing at the Knights of Columbus in North Tonawanda. The leading couple will host the annual Mayor’s Snowflake Ball from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda.

The Snowflake Ball was an idea created by Meghan, with the intent to help not-for-profit organizations and other cultural and civic organizations who may struggle with funding. One of the motivators for the Ortt’s is the “recent cutbacks in government aid and a struggling economy.”

“As the mayor, you have the ability to really do things that have a positive impact on your city. This is another way to do that, said Ortt. “It’s also a great chance to get dressed up and have very nice evening all while supporting a good cause.”

Each year, Mayor Ortt and his wife, Meghan, sit down in the fall and select the organization they feel is most in need of financial assistance from the community. While making this decision, they also take into consideration the organizations mission and how it will help benefit North Tonawanda families.

In past years, proceeds from the ball have been donated to the YWCA of the Tonawandas and to the Salvation Army. This year, the Ortts have chosen the Greater Niagara Frontier Council Boy Scouts of America.

“The first year all donations benefited the YWCA of the Tonawanda’s. They serve such an important role helping battered women and abused children, among many others. Last year, the Salvation Army was the beneficiary. The work that they do to support the needy and homeless goes beyond words,” said Ortt. “We get requests from different organizations and make a joint decision. The Boy Scouts have a large presence here in NT and help to provide values and leadership skills to boys not just in our city, but across Niagara County and America. I have spoken many times to various Boy Scout troops and even Cub Scout packs and am always impressed by their maturity and knowledge, as well as the commitment and involvement of the parents.”

Ortt added, “North Tonawanda is such a caring and giving community, we both knew that it would be a success. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and those who attended, we were able to raise close to $6,000 in each of the past two years.”

Joined by fellow colleagues and constituents, and those who support the cause, the Ortts host quite a memorable event each year. Black tie is optional.

Tickets for the ball cost $40 per person or $75 per couple, and it’s not too late to RSVP to take part in an elegant evening out. To reserve tickets or for more information, contact the mayor’s office at 695-8540

For those who wish to donate, but are unable to attend the ball, a check can be made payable to G.N.F.C - Boy Scouts, 1494 D’Angelo Drive, North Tonawanda, 14120.

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