The Wake 2018

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Hugh R. Boxworthy

Read more about our dearly departed Hugh R. Boxworthy:

Hugh R. Boxworthy, party planner, partygoer, died as he lived, at a party. Official cause of your death was heart attack while dancing. You were 67.

Born in Buffalo’s First Ward, your love of parties was established at an early age. When your mom and dad had scheduled your first “kids” party, you nixed the idea to go bowling and instead planned an entirely more lavish event at the Hotel Statler. From there, your love of parties and party planning only gained steam. You arranged shindigs, bashes, jamborees, festivities, socials, get-togethers, banquets, affairs, and even at least one soiree.

Your claim to fame years later was claiming to have initiated many party traditions that are commonplace today. The lampshade on the head, for instance. You declared to have begun this custom when an ex-girlfriend who was particularly jilted appeared at a mutual friend’s party and you needed to hide your identity. Funneling Guinness became popular because you attended a party of an acquaintance who happened to be a mechanic and there were no pint glasses available. And before you, no one ever indulged in shots, even though this is so widely known to be a fib and you never bothered with an elaborate story to back it up.

You are survived by your lovely widow, Eileen Boxworthy, who is severely “partied-out,” but will pull herself together for just one more in your honor. She will be escorted by your best friend and her current caretaker, Seamus S. Moore. What a pal! Your other mates, not missing a beat and honoring your festive legacy, have already begun partying in your memory.

You’re reading this right now, because try as the universe might, you will never miss a party. You always yearned to be the life of the party, and with your last breath, you vowed to be the death of the party. So we’re sure to see you as mourners are called for your wake at The Atrium @ Rich's on Friday, February, 23.

The Party To Die For Lives! Join us for The Wake, Friday, February 23, 2018.

ICTC's Party To Die For returns Friday, February 23.
Get your tickets now before The Wake sells out!

Get your grief on at The Wake, ICTC's Party To Die For! The Irish Classical Theatre Company's rollicking annual fundraiser will be held Friday, February 23, 2018 from 6-10PM at The Atrium@ Rich's. Shenanigans will abound!  

Your $65 General Admission ticket includes complimentary wine and gallons of Guinness to quench the mightiest of thirsts, plenty of fabulous food and continuous entertainment of the Celtic persuasion as we raise a pint to our dearly departed, Hugh R. Boxworthy. High-spirited dancing and carrying-on will not only be allowed but actively encouraged.

VIP tickets are also available for $120 and includes all of the above plus special access to a VIP ONLY area with exclusive bar, upgraded food options, and private seating. *One commemorative 200th Aniversary Guinness glass (16 oz.) per person.

Mix and mingle with said dearly departed's "friends and loved ones" and learn about his (or her!) life, times and peculiarities. "Mourners" will be invited to participate in the "Estate Sale" (Basket Raffle) and to try their hand at a variety of silly games of skill to win valuable prizes and, of course, bragging rights.

Enjoy live music from Panfill Brothers and headliner, Poor Ould Goat. The McCarthy School of Irish Dance will also be joining us.

All things considered, The Wake is more fun than you can shake a shillelagh at!

One of the area's top themed events, last year The Wake attracted nearly 600 partygoers and raised over $50,000 for the Irish Classical Theatre Company, the most critically acclaimed and honored Theatre Company in Western New York.

Find out more about The Wake, or purchase tickets:
Online at or click here.
By phone at (716) 853-ICTC
In person at the ICTC Box Office, 625 Main Street, Buffalo.

Interested in sponsoring The Wake 2018?
Please contact Denise Ambrusko-Maida at or 716.853.1380, ext. 106 for more information.

Thank You to The Wake 2018 Sponsors

Sponsored by Guinness


Entertainment Sponsor

Dreamcatcher Foundation

Immediate Family

Rigidized Metals


Phillips Lytle


Extended Family







Friends of the Family

Manzella Marketing

Evans Bank

Northwest Savings

Print Plus


Peter Winklestein

Stephanie Argentine

Meg Mahony