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Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Suneel’s Light, a Western New York non-profit foundation with the mission of raising funds for research that will lead to a cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and to increase public awareness of the genetic disease, has announced that local philanthropist and nationally renowned restaurateur, Russell Salvatore will serve as the 2016 Honorary Chairman of Suneel’s Celebrity Gala, the Foundation’s annual “Dancing with the Stars” inspired fundraiser. Peter M. Vito, retired commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services and chairman and CEO of Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc., and his wife Elizabeth R. Donatello, Esq. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney were also named Event Chairs. Funds raised by Suneel’s Celebrity Gala in Buffalo help this local non-profit foundation support critical research for treatments in search of a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a lethal genetic childhood disease. 

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Suneel’s Light, a Western New York non-profit foundation with the mission of raising funds for research that will lead to a cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and to increase public awareness of the genetic disease, has announced that local philanthropist and nationally renowned restaurateur, Russell Salvatore will serve as the 2016 Honorary Chairman of Suneel’s Celebrity Gala, the Foundation’s annual “Dancing with the Stars” inspired fundraiser. Peter M. Vito, retired commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services and chairman and CEO of Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc., and his wife Elizabeth R. Donatello, Esq. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney were also named Event Chairs. Funds raised by Suneel’s Celebrity Gala in Buffalo help this local non-profit foundation support critical research for treatments in search of a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a lethal genetic childhood disease. 

Rural Outreach Center to Offer Five-week Diabetes Program

Rural Outreach Center to Offer Five-week Diabetes Program

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) is inviting individuals who have diabetes, and their caregivers, to learn more about this medical condition through discussion and activity. During five sessions beginning Oct. 4 and running through Nov. 1, conversations and activities will focus on diet, exercise and medication, all of which impact this condition. 

Additionally, handouts will be provided to help individuals with diabetes live and manage their life successfully. Classes will be taught by Don Birdd, a retired science professor from Buffalo State College who has lived with diabetes for over 18 years.

Classes will be held at the Rural Outreach Center, 730 Olean Road, East Aurora, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Please register in advance by calling Don at 652-8197 or Ruthie at 220-4834.

Tricks, Treats and Scary Good Times Planned at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Tricks, Treats and Scary Good Times Planned at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

A variety of fun and slightly scary events are on the autumn schedule at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village during the month of October. Heritage Village is located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst.

Reggie McKenzie to Visit Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo on September 18

Reggie McKenzie to Visit Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo on September 18

The next WNY Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo, the area’s largest biannual sports card and memorabilia show featuring over 100 tables of merchandise, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Grapevine Banquet Hall, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

Former Buffalo Bills star guard Reggie McKenzie will be on hand to sign autographs at the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. McKenzie was a key member of the “Electric Company,” leading the way for O.J. Simpson to become the NFL’s first 2,000-yard rusher during the 1973 season. The cost is $20 per autograph. 

Vendor tables will feature new and vintage sports cards, non-sports cards, packs, autographs, game programs, yearbooks, pennants, videos, vintage photos and much more. The event will feature local and out-of-state vendors, as well as dealers who are new to this show. 

Rural Outreach Center to Present ‘Roctober’ Event at Elm Street Bakery

Rural Outreach Center to Present ‘Roctober’ Event at Elm Street Bakery

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting rural poverty, will host a fun-filled “Roctober” event from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Elm Street Bakery, 72 Elm St., East Aurora.

The event will feature Elm Street Bakery food, wine and beer, one-of-a-kind silent auction items and music by Doug Yeomans. Tickets to this special event are limited and are available for a $50 donation to the ROC. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Elm Street Bakery, and proceeds will be used to support programs and social work for the underserved and impoverished, helping all to become self-sufficient.

Busy Month Ushers in Autumn Season at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Busy Month Ushers in Autumn Season at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Four events during the month of September will welcome the new season at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

The calendar kicks off with a Civil War Symposium from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. This year’s event will highlight the 100th New York Infantry Regimen and will honor the soldiers, families and descendants from this Western New York regiment. Guests will enjoy artifacts and informational displays in the Shaw Exhibit Building as well as a guest speaker! The cost is $8 for adults, $6 for military personnel and seniors, and $4 for children under 12. Children 3 and under are admitted free.