Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks Celebrates 24th Year

December 31, 2011

Ring in 2012 at the 24th Annual "Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks" event at Iskalo Development's Electric Tower, located at 535 Washington Street, in Downtown Buffalo on Saturday, December 31st!  Roosevelt Plaza will come alive on New Year's Eve, when tens of thousands of people gather for the second largest New Year’s celebration in the United States!

Local singing sensation Caitlin Koch and the Jamie Moses Band will headline the show, kicking off at 10:30 p.m., concluding with the Buffalo Ball Drop and Fireworks at 12:00 midnight.  FWS is sponsor of the Ball Drop entertainment stage.

Keith Radford, Joanna Pasceri, and Kendra Eaglin from Channel 7 will join Larry Norton and "D.J. Jickster" from 97 Rock to ring in 2012.  Coverage of the "Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks" will begin with "Eyewitness News at 11:00 p.m." followed by the television special that includes "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" on ABC-TV.

"The Buffalo Ball Drop is a tradition for the Western New York community.  WKBW is proud to continue that tradition of making good things happen for the Police Athletic League, our viewers, sponsors, and everyone who attends this exciting event," said Channel 7 President and General Manager Bill Ransom.  Buffalo Sabres mascot Sabretooth, WNY celebrities, and elected leaders are also scheduled to usher in the New Year from Roosevelt Plaza, including Mayor Byron W. Brown.

"Now in its 24th year, the 'Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks' display has become an annual tradition that keeps getting bigger and better," said Mayor Byron W. Brown.  "I'd like to thank our exceptional sponsor organizations for the continued hard work and dedication to the people of Buffalo and Western New York.  Their commitment to our city and its many assets fills us with a great sense of pride as we work to bring more business and people to the downtown district."  Anchor Sponsor for the "Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks" is Independent Health, a premier health maintenance organization, dedicated to making a difference.

Returning sponsors for the "Buffalo Ball Drop" include the Chevy Dealers of WNY, Iskalo Development, Veolia Water, Just Pizza, Tim Horton's, Local Edge Media and WGRF-FM 97 Rock.  The Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL) produces the "Buffalo Ball Drop & Fireworks" and benefits from sponsorship proceeds.  "The Police Athletic League of Buffalo is honored again to be part of the 24th Annual Ball Drop," said Nick Bonifacio of PAL.  "To all the sponsors - thank you for helping us, help kids."

Video walls set up by Indigo Productions will offer digital images of the Buffalo and Times Square ball drops, including a presentation of the "Countdown to 2012" HD telecast presented by WKBW Channel 7, a co-sponsor of the Ball Drop events since the first one in 1988 - when 97 Rock offered it as a gift to the city.  The Ball will drop in synch with its sister in New York's Time Square, followed by a spectacular fireworks display presented by the Skylighters of Western New York. Bill Minnich and the Skylighters team shoot the fireworks show and choreograph it to classic rock and seasonal music favorites.  See you there!!!