Welcome to the Diamond Ball Michael & Haley Huntress 2018 Diamond Ball Chairs Dear Friends and Supporters of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Thank you for joining us for the 26th Annual Diamond Ball to celebrate the advances we have made in the fight to cure blood cancers. Special thanks to our sponsors, attendees and the entire community. Your generosity allows our researchers to work diligently to develop cures for blood cancers, which would not be possible without you. We truly appreciate your commitment to this worthwhile cause. This yearsâ€™ Service to Mankind Award will be presented to Rocco & Debbie Surace for their leadership and selfless dedication to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Tonight, we will also honor many individuals who are involved in the efforts to find a cure our volunteers, supporters, researchers, physicians, and the many families, friends and neighbors who have been touched by leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma or any of the blood cancers. Their commitment is truly inspirational. On behalf of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, we would like to thank each of you for your continued support. We hope you enjoy this special evening filled with wonderful music, food and friendship, knowing that the financial success of the Diamond Ball will continue to advance The Leukemia & Lymphoma Societyâ€™s mission, and will help create a world free of blood cancers. Working together, we will cure cancer in our lifetime!
Michael & Haley Michael & Haley Huntress President Acquest Development Corp. Board of Trustees Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, WCNY Chapter
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 26th Annual Diamond Saturday, February 24, 2018 Cocktails/Hors d’oeuvres/Silent Auction …....6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Silent Auction Closes ..………………………….8:45 p.m. Emcee .……………….........................................Jacquie Walker Welcome ............................................................Michael & Haley Huntress Invocation …………………………….……..…….Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Dinner .................................................................8:00 p.m. Diamond Winner ................................................Todd Scanlon “Service To Mankind” Ceremony .....................LLS Ambassadors “Service to Mankind” Recipients......................Debbie & Rocco Surace Winner of Raffles ………….................................Michael & Haley Huntress Dancing until Midnight .......................................New York Rockin Revue
Menu For The Evening Cocktail Reception “Better a Diamond with a flaw than a pebble without" by Confucius Brilliant cut Diamond ice sculptures complimented by an array of dazzling delectable jewels of culinary delight. Stimulating and preparing your palate for the main course. Fried plump three cheese ravioli tossed with basil and Italian cheeses, Shrimp & black bean quesadilla, Pot stickers with citrus ponzu are just a few of the jewels to begin your dining experience.
Dinner Marquis Course “There are two kinds of diamonds in this world: The diamond itself and the eyes full of love!” by Mehmet Murat Ildan
Romaine Hearts set with red cabbage, slivers of Parmesan cheese and mandarin oranges dressed with cream sherry honey mustard dressing
Diamond Entrée “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond!” by Mae West
Seared Filet Mignon & French cut Chicken breast with roasted Ruby red pepper Hollandaise Complimented by
Jasmine Rice with Vegetable confetti and seasoned emerald asparagus
Dessert “Remember diamonds are created under pressure so hold on, it will be your time to shine soon.” By Sobe Agbelusi
“We knew you were coming so we baked you a cake” Cakes, Tortes and Gateaux With an array of chocolate truffle tarts and a Variety of other pastry treasures
CHAIRS Michael & Haley Huntress Acquest Development Company
CORPORATE TABLES CHAIRS Martin Burruano, Independent Health Michael Faso, Independent Health
AUCTION CHAIRS Randall Andreozzi, Andreozzi Bluestein LLP Erica Muhleman, Pegula Sports & Entertainment
PROGRAM BOOK CHAIRS Terence LoConte, Gilbane Building Company John Lopinski, Hodgson Russ LLP
COMMITTEE MEMBERS Michael Bonetto, Key Insurance & Benefits Services Michael Bradley, NOCO Incorporated Howard Epstein, FreedMaxick CPAâ€™s, PC Carly Kennedy, Lawley Thomas Lillis, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Joseph Nicastro, Ramos & Ramos Norm Orlowski, Jr., Erie and Niagara Insurance Assn. Paula Orlowski, Andreozzi Bluestein LLP Nicholas Ruggirello, Earmark Legacy Partners Greg Rustowicz, Columbus McKinnon Jacquie Schneegold, Andreozzi, Bluestein LLP Dick Shaner, Jr., The Martin Group Executive Director Nancy Hails
Deputy Executive Director Luann Burgio
Jacquie Walker is celebrating her 35th year as news anchor at WIVB-TV Channel 4... the only woman in Buffalo broadcasting who has celebrated this milestone. She anchors News 4 at 5 & 6 and the #1 rated News 4 at 11 p.m. For her outstanding career, Jacquie was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame in 2011. The Buffalo Excellence in Media Awards selected her as ‘Television Personality of the Year’ in 2012. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has recently honored Jacquie with its Lifetime Achievement Award for her 30+ years of exceptional support. Jacquie has been a dedicated volunteer for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for decades. She served as a longtime co-host of the Leukemia Televent and says she has had the true pleasure of watching many of the young patients who appeared on those early telethons grow up to become healthy young adults. It’s a testament to how your donations for blood cancer research are saving lives. Almost from the beginning, Jacquie has been emcee of our annual Diamond Ball. In 1999, her dedication to the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma was honored with the prestigious Service to Mankind Award. Jacquie truly believes in serving others through community volunteerism. She has received major awards from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Kevin Guest House, Rotary Club, National Conference for Community and Justice and other charitable organizations. For the past 9 years, the Buffalo chapter of the American Association of University Women has presented a $5,000 scholarship in Jacquie’s honor to a local college student. Jacquie’s work has been recognized with dozens of journalism awards, seventeen Emmy nominations, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Communications. She is proud to be on the News 4 team that earned two National Edward R. Murrow Awards for coverage of the tragic crash of Flight 3407 in 2009. In 2012, she anchored live coverage from Canada as Nik Wallenda completed his historic wirewalk over Niagara Falls. Jacquie’s husband, Mike Beato, is an internet and technology consultant. They are the proud parents of two young men: an administrator with the Stern School of Business, New York University, and an attorney with the Washington, D.C. law firm, Wiley Rein. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society extends a heartfelt thank you to Jacquie for her dedication and commitment to our mission of a CURE for leukemia, lymphoma, and the blood cancers. We are honored to have Jacquie serve as our emcee for our Diamond Ball!
We congratulate recipients of the Service to Mankind Award, Debbie and Rocco Surace, on their well deserved recognition for their contributions and services!
2018 DIAMOND BALL CORPORATE TABLE SPONSORS HOPE DIAMOND SPONSORS
MARQUIS SPONSORS Buffalo Bills Hazmat/Kenworth
Buffalo Sabres R & E Services Williams Family
GEICO The Martin Group
BRILLIANT SPONSORS Acquest Development Arbor Capital Management Bank of America Merrill Lynch Burke Group
Crickler Vending Hodgson Russ LLP Key Insurance & Benefits Services Magellan Rx
Mass Mutual New York State NOCO Energy Inc. Park Creek Community U & S Services
RADIANT SPONSORS Andreozzi Bluestein LLP Benchmark Group Bonadio Group Catholic Health Columbus McKinnon CTG Ferguson Electric Freed Maxick CPA’s Gilbane Building Company
HEALTHeLINK Erie & Niagara Insurance Assn. Ernst & Young Lawley M & T Bank Mader Construction McKesson Corporation Onco 360 PCB Piezotronics, Inc.
Pharmacy Benefits Dimensions Phillips Lytle Reliance Rx Rich Products Roswell Park Cancer Institute Sanderson Wealth Management Team AnnaLynn Walgreens Wegmans
HOSTING SPONSOR Samuel’s Grande Manor PRINT SPONSOR Applied Business Systems, Inc.
GEMSTONE SPONSOR Scanlon Jewelers
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Special Thanks to the following florists that created & donated the centerpieces this evening.
5445 Transit Rd. Williamsville, NY 716 689 0690
4414 Clinton St. West Seneca, NY 716 668-6675
5100 Transit Rd. Depew, NY 716-681-4688
Englewood Flower Shop 959 Englewood Ave. Kenmore, NY 716-873-4600
118 S. Forest Rd. Williamsville, NY 716-632-1290
723 Sheridan Dr. Tonawanda, NY 716-876-0588
441 Ellicott St. Buffalo, NY 716-852-4600
910 Ridge Rd. Lackawanna, NY 716-823-3408
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