High School Students Plan Hawaiian Luau Family Event to Benefit Children’s Hospital

August 15, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani


If you love to have fun and help others at the same time – we have a great event to tell you about!! The event, planned by two high school students, will raise money for Oishei Children’s Hospital. 

Everyone is invited to a special family friendly Hawaiian luau-themed event which will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18 at Darlene Ceglia’s Dance Project.

Tickets for the “Sunday Funday” Hawaiian Luau are available presale ($8 for each ticket and $25 for a family of four) and at the door ($10 for each ticket and $30 for a family of four). Tickets will be available for purchase on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Darlene Ceglia’s Dance Project. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event (cash only).

The event will include free popcorn/cotton candy, crafts/activities, face painting, games, a photo booth, and candy station. Hair flowers and leis will also be available for purchase for $1.

Darlene Ceglia’s Dance Project is located at 3370 Sheridan Drive in the Sheridan Center plaza at the corner of Sheridan Drive and Sweet Home Road in the Town of Amherst.

The event is being planned by two Ken-Ton School District high school students: Joanna Fiorella, who is entering her senior year at Kenmore East High School, and Justina Petrilli, who is entering her senior year at Kenmore West High School. Both Joanna and Justina are enrolled in Ken-Ton’s International Baccalaurate (IB) Program, which is offered at both high schools. They chose to work together to organize the event for their CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) project, a major component of the IB curriculum.

“Speaking for Joanna and I, we both have a tremendous amount of faith in the younger generation and wanted to plan an event that brought kids and their families together for a good cause,” Justina said. “We are choosing to donate the proceeds to the cardio wing of Oishei Children’s Hospital specifically in honor of Joanna’s grandmother who has passed due to a heart condition. We hope that our project helps bring awareness to families of the amazing efforts of the medical staff at Oishei Children’s Hospital selflessly working with children every single day.”

WHEN: Sunday, August 18th from 1-4.

WHERE: Darlene Ceglia’s Dance Project, 3370 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

COST:  $8 each or $25 for family of four – PRESALE – OR – $10 each and $30 for family of four AT THE DOOR. (Cash only please)

WHAT TO EXPECT: A fun luau themed celebration with face painting, candy, popcorn and more – all included with tickets.

MORE INFO – Here is a link to the Facebook Event Page. 



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