The Wake 2018

Raise a glass to the "dearly departed" at The Wake 2018!

Read more about our dearly departed Hugh R. Boxworthy:

Hugh_R._BoxworthyHugh R. Boxworthy, party planner, partygoer, died as he lived, at a party. Official cause of death was heart attack while dancing. He was 67.

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

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

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

Mourners are called for Hugh's Wake at The Atrium @ Rich's on Friday, February, 23. Tickets required. Tears optional.

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 your mighty thirst, 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.

Special guests will include Emerald Isle, featuring the Panfil Brothers; Celtic rockers Poor Ould Goat and the McCarthy School of Irish Dance.

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. VIPs will also receive a commemorative 200th Anniversary Guinness pint glass. (One per person, please.)

Mix and mingle with said dearly departed's "friends and loved ones" and learn about his 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.

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

Entertainment Sponsor

Dreamcatcher Foundation

Immediate Family



Rigidized Metals
Crowley Webb


Extended Family

Tucker printing







Friends of the Family

Stephanie Argentine & David Reading
Arcara Zucarelli Lenda & Straka CPAs, P.C.
Creighton Johnsen & Giroux
Meg Mahoney & Michael Connelly
Northwest Savings Bank


Evans Bank
Fairy Cakes
Magners Cider


Manzella Marketing
Moog Inc.


Peter Winkelstein
Print Plus
The Public