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blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

After a year off due to the NHL lockout, Catwalk for Charity returns with a new twist for 2013.

Benefiting Ryan Miller’s charity, the Steadfast Foundation, the event centers around a different theme every year.

While 2011 put the Sabres’ goalie and his teammates in cowboy gear to “Wrangle for the Cause”—see Erica Morano’s photos from two years ago—the 2013 version dresses the local professional hockey players in even more elaborate costumes.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, Catwalk for Charity VII: Cirque du Sabres hits Town Ballroom, 681 Main St., Buffalo.

Tickets for the 21+ event can be purchased here for a $200 donation to the Steadfast Foundation, which has raised over $1 million for various programs assisting Roswell Park and Carly’s Club’s youngest cancer patients since it started in 2007.

For the party, the evening’s highlight will unquestionably be Cirque du Sabres, where current Sabres players will don bizarre circus costumes—you know, like Cirque du Soleil—with a “masquerade twist,” the press release states.

Here’s our (wild and probably inaccurate) guesses for which Buffalo athlete will sport the following outfits on the Catwalk:

1) Lion tamer and lion: Henrik Tallinder would make a delightful lion tamer in the off-season, and Steve Ott is absolutely the lion.

2) Snake charmer: Marcus Foligno. If you ask Twitter user @LindyRuffsTie (who presumably won’t be in attendance), Foligno can charm anyone.

3) Tramp clowns: Depending on whether the team chooses the classic tramp clown (depressed, Eeyore-like) or the happy tramp (more likely), our money is on Jhonas Enroth.

4) Siamese twins: Drew Stafford and Luke Adam. No, they don’t look very much alike, but they’re both roughly 6’2 and 210 pounds, so at least the whole “attached to the same body” part could work out.

5) Bearded ladies: Jamie McBain and Mike Weber. These two would be the most natural due to their proclivity of sprouting dark and full facial hair, but I wouldn’t be shocked if a few of the younger players were cast into this less-than-desirable role.

6) Jesters: Brayden McNabb and Brian Flynn look like fun-loving fellows who can dole out a good joke or two.

7) Strongest men: John Scott. He’s 6’8, 260 pounds and doesn’t appear to be someone with whom you’d want to wrestle.

8) World’s shortest and tallest men: Tyler Ennis and Tyler Myers. Unfortunately, now that Nathan Gerbe has exited town, the shortest man in the world gets a little bit taller, if that makes any sense.

According to the Steadfast Foundation’s press release, the entire Sabres team is expected to attend—the team plays at home the day before against Calgary and remains at home for Winnipeg next Tuesday—as well as the coaching staff.

I’m sure Ted Nolan is a little more fun at parties than Ron Rolston.

For entertainment, local bands Les Femmes de Nik and the Heritage will perform, while 14 Western New York restaurants will serve bite-size food. There’s an open bar, of course. 

Here’s a couple food announcements that were leaked in the Facebook event:

H Restaurant (Walden Avenue in Depew): Sriracha pulled chicken served over a Grand Marnier slaw topped with crumbled goat cheese
Acropolis OPA (Elmwood Village): roasted red pepper hummus, tzatziki spreads and hand-made spanakopita triangles
Osteria 166 (Franklin St. downtown): Sausage campanelli pasta and miniature cookies

A motley crew of emcees—Rick Jeanneret, Brian Duff, Janet Snyder, Nicholas Picholas, DJ Jickster and Pete Gallivan—will keep the proceedings moving along.

The silent auction has already begun—you can bid on items such as Sabres merchandise, autographed sports apparel, six suite tickets for Cher at the First Niagara Center and a Hertel Dine, Drink and Shop package.

Winners of the silent auction need not be present at the event to claim their prize, but live auction victors must physically attend the Catwalk.

TAGGED: carly's club, catwalk for charity, downtown, fundraisers, roswell park cancer institute, ryan miller, steadfast foundation, town ballroom

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