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3 businesses plan party to help River Fest Park

Three South Buffalo businesses have teamed up for an event Aug. 11 to benefit Buffalo River Fest Park.

DiTondo's, D&M Plywood and D&R Auto Restyler, all on Seneca Street, are sponsoring the evening of food, music and an open bar from 6 to 10 p.m. in DiTondo's, 370 Seneca.

"These are three old-time neighborhood businesses," said Peg Overdorf, executive director of the Valley Community Association, which owns the new park at 249 Ohio St.

Although Overdorf was the point person on the park's acquisition, design and construction, she said, "I'd be in my grave if it wasn't for everyone stepping up to help me do all the things that need to be done."

That includes the neighborhood residents who have adopted flower beds, water the newly planted trees and even mow the grass.

"It's good to see a neighborhood investment being cared for by the neighborhood," Overdorf said. "This park gives us public access where there was no public access," with docks, a wharf and a kayak launch on the Buffalo River.

The park, which is the site of a Wednesday night concert series, also has a band shell, historic signs, walkways and a boardwalk along the river.

The benefit will help the Valley Community Association pay operational costs of the park, including utilities, maintenance and insurance.

Tickets for the fundraiser cost $25 and are available in advance at DiTondo's and at the Valley Community Association, 93 Leddy St., as well as at the door on the night of the event.

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