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WCA Hospital Director of Development
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An Evening with Barbra Streisand on Bemus Bay Floating Stage to benefit WCA’s Capital Campaign

WCA Hospital
Lillian Vitanza Ney, MD, Campaign Chair, and Brenda Ireland, WCA Hospital Board of Directors Chair, join Dan Dalpra and Michelle Turner, Bemus Bay Pops representatives, to announce the return of Sharon Owens to the Bemus Bay floating stage in the original production of Tribute to a Funny Girl: An Evening with Barbra Streisand on Saturday, August 20 at 8:00 p.m. to benefit WCA’s Emergency Department capital campaign.

Bemus Point, New York (June 21, 2011) – Barbra Streisand’s career, filled with Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Tonys, and a Peabody, is the stuff of which legends are made.

On Saturday, August 20 at 8:00 p.m., singer and actress Sharon Owens will return to the Bemus Bay floating stage to take the audience on a journey through the amazing career of Barbra Streisand. This original concert production, entitled Tribute to a Funny Girl: An Evening with Barbra Streisand, will benefit WCA Hospital’s capital campaign for its new Emergency Department.

“Like last year’s concert which also featured Sharon as Barbra, this is going to be the event of the summer on Chautauqua Lake,” proclaims Dan Dalpra representing the Bemus Bay Pops. “Sharon will once again captivate our audience with her incredible talents, reminding us all of why we love Barbra Streisand not only as a singer, but also as a performer.”

“I was told by many who attended last year’s concert, and I agree, that the evening was magical,” says Brenda Ireland, Chair of the WCA Hospital Board of Directors. “We are confident that the crowd will once again enjoy the picturesque setting, great food, and be thoroughly entertained by a top-notch performer.”

This unique concert event will raise funds for WCA’s capital campaign for its new Emergency Department. WCA is selling limited VIP Seating Tickets on the Italian Fisherman Deck which includes a gourmet dinner, open bar, and a special meet and greet with the performers, as well as Preferred Seating Tickets on the Italian Fisherman Dockwalk which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres.

“We trust this concert will raise money and awareness of the capital campaign for our 21st century Emergency Department,” states Lillian Vitanza Ney, MD, Campaign Chair. “I invite everyone in our community to generously support WCA in this vital campaign effort, and to join us on August 20th for this spectacular concert event.”

A portion of each ticket sale will considered a tax-deductible gift to support the capital campaign. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for the VIP and Preferred Seating guests, followed by dinner and hors d’oeuvres at 7:00 p.m., and the concert at 8:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, please call (716-664-8423) or stop by the WCA Office of Development or visit

Sharon Owens

Sharon Owens' career as a Barbra Streisand impersonator/tribute artist began in 1992 when she moved to Los Angeles where she began singing Streisand in dinner theaters and cabaret night clubs. Her uncanny resemblance and vocal ability to sing Streisand started her career as a Legends performer.

In the summer of 2004, Sharon turned to television where she was crowned a winner on the TV show with Fox called “Performing As…” Her national success has created a whirlwind of Barbra fans waiting to see Sharon’s famous tribute. Since her TV success, she has been seen on Access Hollywood, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, and even paid a visit to the Family Feud.

Sharon has been performing her “Tribute to Barbra Streisand” to critical acclaim nationwide in major showrooms, for corporate events, and as a Headliner in Las Vegas. Currently, Sharon shares the stage with Sebastian Anzaldo with their own show at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in the Le Bistro Theatre called, “Barbra and Frank, “The Concert That Never Was”, performed on the floating stage with the Bemus Bay Pops in August 2010.

“I tell the story of Barbra’s life through her music, but I tell it as Streisand,” explains Sharon Owens. “When I step onto the stage, I become the character.”

When asked why she believes people love Barbra Streisand so much, Sharon replies, “It’s because she’s always been an underdog and she’s always fought for the underdog. Of course, her talent speaks for itself. She possesses an almost unspeakably iconic talent, but at the same time carries with her an almost overwhelming sense of shyness, self-doubt, and stage fright, which has at times, resulted in long absences from live performing.”

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