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Power Authority Will Again Sponsor Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival

Joanne Willmott

May 3, 2007


LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority will be the Primary Sponsor for the sixth annual Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival, scheduled for Friday, Aug. 24 through Sunday, Aug. 26.

The Power Authority, the event’s Founding Sponsor, has renewed its commitment and will provide $70,000 for the 2007 festival, presented by the Lower Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce (LNRRCC) and the Village and Town of Lewiston.

“This weekend has quickly become a summer tradition,” said Timothy S. Carey, the Power Authority’s president and chief executive officer.  “The Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival is one of the latest in a series of special events that bring visitors to town and stimulate the local economy.

“The Power Authority is proud of the partnership we have forged with the Chamber, its members, the Town and Village of Lewiston and the festival’s hard-working Board of Directors.  Our objective was to provide an economic boost for the community, and all indications are we have succeeded,” Carey said.

It is estimated that Lewiston realized a positive economic impact of almost $1 million from the event in 2006 alone.

Local streets will abound in music, antiques, classic cars and the aromas of culinary delights as the 2007 festival welcomes residents and visitors alike.

The festival will again feature jazz musicians performing throughout the village.  They will provide entertainment on Friday evening in numerous restaurants and lounges, as well as at a variety of outdoor sites along Center Street on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.

“The Jazz Festival is in perfect harmony with the Village of Lewiston,” said Mayor Richard Soluri, who is chairman of the Board of Directors of Lewiston Jazz Festival, Inc.  “We have supported jazz for more than a decade, and it’s great to see so many people enjoying the music, the food, the shops and our charming community.”

Fred Newlin, supervisor of the Town of Lewiston, said, “Lewiston has become famous for its festivals and events, and the Jazz Festival has enhanced that reputation.  Whether you are a visitor or a resident, this is one event you don’t want to miss.”

 “The 2007 Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival is expected to bring tens of thousands of visitors to the area,” said Skip Mazenauer, chairman of the LNRRCC Board of Directors.  “Through the generous support of the New York Power Authority and dozens of other sponsors who have stepped forward to support this festival, it has grown in popularity and provides a tremendous boost for local businesses.” 

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