The Buffalo/Niagara region continues to support Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center in strong numbers as more than 900 people attended this year's annual gala on Jan. 18th.This year marked the 10th anniversary of The Premier at Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel which, as always, provides five-star food and entertainment. Diamonds Are Forever was the evening's theme and dinner guests were mesmerized by "Barbra & Frank - The Concert That Never Was." Following the dinner show, the audience was entertained as Las Vegas performer Jay White performed the music of Neil Diamond. Later in the evening, the audience was brought to the dance floor by Dance Like a Star with Serge. Dancing continued to the music of JoyRyde with The Hitmen Horns.
Proceeds from The Premier, which has raised well over a million dollars over the last 10 years, go to promote and support innovative healthcare and cutting edge technology at Memorial Medical Center. The funds raised this year will benefit Memorial's new cardiac and stroke care unit.
We were pleased to honor two very special people for their service to Memorial and the community, Dr. Sujatha Addagatla and the late Nancy Gara. Dr. Sujatha, founder and owner of Niagara Nephrology, P.C., has been a shining gem for many years, providing quality care to all her patients regardless of their ability to pay. Nancy Gara, whose memory we treasure and revere, was an inspiration to all who experienced her passion for making our community a better place to live. We are forever grateful for their tireless efforts.
The Premier could not have been done without the generous support of more than 70 corporate and individual sponsors. We couldn't have asked for more from our hosts, Seneca Nation President, Barry Snyder, Seneca Gaming Corporation Chairman, Kevin Seneca, and their staff, led by President and CEO, Cathy Walker, Chief Operating Officer, Audrey Oswell, Director of Catering, Karen Nordaby, and Chef Brian Mahony.
The Premier's silent auction, featuring unique, high-quality items, was made possible by the generous support and leadership of auction co-chairs, Teresa Ruffolo, Dr. Rick, and Anne Sawicki. A special thanks goes to our many volunteers, including student volunteers from Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School.
We couldn't be more grateful for your hard work!
WGRZ television news anchor and reporter Maryalice Demler deserves special thanks as our returning star and mistress of ceremonies.
The Premier 2014 was an unforgettable night made possible by the gracious support of our sponsors, contributors, volunteers and attendees. Thank you for your contributions and see you next year!
Dr. Renee Taefi Baughman
Lucy and Dominick Muto
Co-chairs, The Premier 2014