The evening of music at the North Park Theatre will raise funds for Marl Wall and Eric Wojtanik. For three years beginning in 2011, when Terry Pegula bought the team, they followed 12 Sabres fans who struggled along with the team.
Those fans have seen resurgence in downtown Buffalo, the filmmakers said on their website, but not with their team. Even as HARBORCENTER nears completion and Canalside is revived just outside the First Niagara Center, the team that plays inside the arena is coming off of perhaps its worst season ever and is stuck in a three-year playoff drought. The fans that the filmmakers followed have had to live with those up and downs, as well as those of their own lives.
"While they cheer on the Sabres or hope for a better future, they are also falling in love, having children, overcoming addictions, discovering serious medical conditions, running marathons, charting careers and learning to drive. They remind us that fans do not live their lives in a vacuum. Their stories are our stories. Despite their best efforts, they can't control the outcome of a sporting event, but they can work to better their own lives and those around them," the filmmakers said in a release.
The fundraiser is set for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the venue, which is on Hertel Avenue in Buffalo. Sabres anthem singer Doug Allen and opera singer James Wright will be among the performers. The money will help the filmmakers fund the release of their documentary.
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