Tonawanda News — It’s been a group effort, he noted, with a legion of interested parties adding meaning to the idea of volunteerism. And that devotion is beginning to pay off.
“I want to tell you that we get 1,500 hundred people but there’s a very good chance that’s it’s getting up to 3,000,” he said of the Gateway Harbor area of both cities, as the midnight hour approaches.
Maier said a evening gala has been brought into the mix this year, which will be held at the Tonawanda Castle, while two “Kids Zone” events for separate age groups have been added at the Salem Church and Rainbow Roller Rink. More food vendors have been brought in as well and the Elks Lodge will return after a devastating fire destroyed the organization’s landmark building last December.
Darling said she and her organization have been searching for a way to broaden their funding options, though with more people participating in the pub crawl — the main funding engine for the event — at eight separate bars in both cities, they are able to look at other possibilities. Maier added that their is one other aim.
“We want to bring the two cities together, that’s our ultimate goal,” he said. “When we look at Gateway Harbor we look at it as one entity, we want to break down the brick wall.”IF YOU GO • WHAT: 2012 New Year's Eve Gateway Harbor Ball Drop • FAMILY FUN: Kids Fun Zones will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Salem United Church for ages 10 and under and the Rainbow Roller Rink for children 10 to 15. • PUB CRAWL: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at eight bars in the Twin Cities. • SCAVENGER HUNT: Starts at 6 p.m. to midnight at 20 businesses. • GALA: 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. at Tonawanda Castle, 69 Delaware St. • MORE INFO: www.gatewayballdrop.com Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.