Blue & Gold Gala to Commemorate Canisius' 150th Anniversary; Grammy Award Nominee Tony Orlando Performs

February 11, 2020


BUFFALO, NY – The Canisius Board of Regents will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the college’s 1870 founding on Saturday, May 2, 2020 when it hosts Canisius 150: A Blue & Gold Gala at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.  Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is at 7:00 p.m. followed by a celebrity headliner performance by Grammy Award nominee and showman Tony Orlando. Independent Health is the presenting sponsor of the event. 

Canisius 150: A Blue & Gold Gala is part of the college’s yearlong sesquicentennial celebration to mark 150 years of Jesuit education and leadership in the city of Buffalo and Western New York.  In addition to the headliner performance by Tony Orlando, valuable prize packages will be raffled off throughout the evening. Proceeds from the gala benefit Canisius Fund 150, the college’s sesquicentennial fundraising campaign, which supports the greatest needs of the college and its students. 

Canisius College Board of Regents members Timothy P. Balkin ’81 and Michael G. Christiano ’83 are co-chairs of Canisius 150: A Blue & Gold Gala, tickets for which are now on sale.  Tables of 10 are available for $3,500.  Individual tickets are also available for $350 or $200 for young alumni (graduates of Canisius between the years 2010-2019). 

To purchase tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact Megan Harrington, assistant director of advancement events, at (716) 888-2704 or at

One of 27 Jesuit universities, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York.  Canisius celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary during the 2019-20 academic year, marking 150 years of Jesuit education and leadership in the city of Buffalo and Western New York.  Visit for more information about Canisius’ milestones and celebratory events.