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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Ryan Miller (Photo: Bill Wippert)
BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 17, 2008) --- On Sunday, November 23, 2008, Buffalo Place will team up with Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller to present the 2008 Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration.  This annual holiday event is held at Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza (Main at Chippewa Street) and marks the official opening of the free ice-skating season at Rotary Rink.  Festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. with free ice-skating.  At 5:00 p.m., Buffalo Place officials and Ryan Miller will countdown the lighting of the tree and Santa Claus will light a fireworks display over Fountain Plaza.

In the true spirit of the holiday season, Buffalo Place has developed an unprecedented collaboration between Ryan Miller’s Saves for Cancer Campaign, Roswell Park and Shea’s Performing Arts Center.  Immediately following the lighting of the tree, Shea’s Smith Theatre will host a meet and greet with Ryan Miller and very special guest members of the world-famous Radio City Rockettes.  One hundred tickets at $100.00 each will be made available for this exclusive meet and greet.  Tickets will include admission to The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes, 7:00pm performance on Sunday, November 23rd at Shea’s Performing Arts Center.  Partial proceeds will benefit Carly’s Club at Roswell Park.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by contacting Kate Foster, Shea’s Group Sales, at 716/829-1154 or by email at

“This is a great way to kick-off the holiday season in Downtown Buffalo, while raising awareness and providing resources to those suffering the ill-effects and life-altering consequences of childhood cancer.  My hope is for all of Western New York to join me at the Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting to help provide for those in need,” said Ryan Miller.

The fun will continue at Rotary Rink with visits with Santa, holiday gifts and free ice-skating.  There is a $2.00 skate rental fee for children and $3.00 skate rental fee for adults.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own skates and enjoy free ice-skating.  Santa and his elves will visit with children from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  In addition, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation will be selling limited edition holiday ornaments for $10.00 each with proceeds to benefit Carly's Club.  The ornaments will be the first in a series and the first time they will be on sale to the general public.
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