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Sponsored by the Grand Island Builders Association, Goldome Realty Credit Corp. and National Fuel, Island '89 Show of Homes will feature 19 new homes, each named after an exotic tropical island.

"We invite all Western New Yorkers and our Canadian neighbors, whether they are in the market for a new home or just looking for an enjoyable day out with the family, to come see the advantages of life on Grand Island and to register to win exciting prizes," said Christopher K. Aronica, chairman of Island '89 Show of Homes.

Aronica said that the theme of this year's show -- "Discover the Grand Islands" will lend an exotic, luxurious, tropical air to the show. "Fishing, golf, sailing and relaxing on the beach are all part of life on Grand Island, and we feel the theme of this year's show captures that lifestyle," Aronica said.

He added that show goers will have an opportunity to win one of several "Island Treasures" hidden in the trunks of Skill Buick and Keyser Cadillac luxury cars parked in the driveway of each of the 19 homes. "Buried treasures in trunks on an island, the way you've always heard it should be," he said.

Among the "island treasures," visitors can register to win are:

A Bayliner "Capri Bowrider" ski/sport boat and trailer from Anchor Marine, Tops Friendly Markets and WHTT 104.1 FM

Airfare for two to US Airs newest destination -- Bermuda with deluxe accommodations at one of these resorts: Marriott Castle Harbour, Grotto Bay Beach or Palmetto Bay Hotel & Cottages

A 5 person hot tub spa from Buffalo Hot Tubs and Spas & WMJQ 102.5 FM

Molson Indy V.I.P. Weekend to Toronto via US Air with accommodations at the new Chestnut Park Hotel in Toronto, courtesy of WJYE 96.1 FM

A $1,000 shopping spree at Sibley's in the new Walden Galleria Mall from WBEN 930 AM

A set of Dunlop Golf Clubs, bag and headcovers from River Oaks Pro Shop and WBMW 107.7 FM and

A Natural Gas Bar-B-Q from National Fuel.

No purchase necessary to register for Island Treasures.

"The most rewarding aspect of this year's show will be the money we raise for a worthwhile charity," Aronica continued. Fifty cents of every sold adult admission ticket will be donated to the WIVB, Channel 4, "6 Hours for Life" Televent to benefit the Leukemia Society of America. A check from the Grand Island Builders Associations "Island '89 Show of Homes" show will be presented to the Leukemia Society of America during the live "televent" on WIVB on August 5.

"We are very pleased and excited with this opportunity to show off the great advantages of life on Grand Island and at the same time benefit an important charity."

The Island '89 Show of Homes will be open for viewing from June 16 through July 2. Home show hours will be from 4 to 9, Monday through Friday and noon to 9 on Saturday and Sunday.

Adult tickets are $3 and children under 12, $1. Home show goers can pick up a $1 discount voucher to this home show at Tops Friendly Markets beginning June 12.

To get the Island '89 Show of Homes, take I-190 Whitehaven Road exit to East River Road.

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