BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) For almost two decades, the Buffalo Convention Center has played host to the "World's Largest Disco," on the Saturday night of Thanksgiving break weekend. The event comes complete with wide lapels, big hair, and tight pants. It is a disco party right out of the 1970's. The very first one was held at the Buffalo Convention Center back in 1979.
Organizer Dave Pietrowski told Eyewitness News, "We re-incarnated it after 15 years, and we've been doing it now for 18."
In those 18 years, Pietrowski and his Conesus Fest For Charity organization has raised millions for organizations in need. This year, proceeds benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times.
In addition to the 7,000 people that flocked to the event dressed in their polyester best, celebrities were also in attendance. Singer, actor David Cassidy wowed the crowd on stage, signed autographs and took pictures. Cassidy is best known for his role in the ABC-TV hit, "The Partridge Family."
Eyewitness News caught up with the 70's icon, who commented, "Unlike the 60's which had a real political movement, the 70's didn't. It was really about going out, having a great old time, hanging out, and it was really a fun time to be alive...and if you were too young or weren't born, you should have been there!"
Another popular celebrity in attendance was "Promo The Robot!" This metallic member of the WKBW family once appeared on "Rocketship 7" with Dave Thomas from 1964 until 1978. The morning show captured the hearts of WNY children, many of whom grew up and enjoyed taking pictures at the disco with the popular character."
Promo offered up some fun, telling Channel 7's Allen Leight "Some people do recognize me, while others think I'm a 1964 station wagon!"
"Promo" had some help from Marty Biniasz and Steve Cichon from the Buffalo Broadcasters Association.
Former Buffalo Sabres were also dancing with the crowd. Craig Muni, and Danny Gare were in attendance and having a great time.
"The World's Largest Disco" sold out in just hours last summer. The event was presented by Fallsview Niagara Casino.