Western & Central New York Chapter


 Michael Huntress Acceptance Speech



More than 600 guests attended the 23rd Annual DIAMOND BALL, this past Saturday, February 28th, 2015, at Hosting Sponsor, Samuel's Grande Manor.

Over $275,000 was raised on this RECORD-BREAKING night, which will be directed towards blood cancer research, local patient services, advocacy, education, and community service programs.

CONGRATULATIONS to this year's Service To Mankind Winner, Michael Huntress, Vice President of Acquest Development.

George Omiros, Executive Vice President, Chief Campaign & Field Development Officer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society National Office, presented mission advances made possible through funds raised throughout the years, highlighting exciting treatments on the horizon, during his Keynote speech.

Congratulations to Christine Czuczman, a guest at the Roswell Park table! She went home with a sparkling one-carat diamond, the namesake of the Diamond Ball. All other guests took home genuine gemstones, sponsored by Gemstone Sponsor,  Scanlon Jewelers.


THANK YOU to the 23rd Annual Diamond Ball Committee, ALL of our Corporate Sponsors, and our always-generous Western New York community.


Rodgers Photo

John Rodgers, Independent Health

Coporate Table Chair

Lois Cropp, RN

Auction Co-Chairs

Randy Andreozz, Andreozzi Bluestein Weber Brown, LLP

Norm Orlowski, Jr. , Erie and Niagara Insurance

Program Book Chair

Martin Burruano, Independent Health

Committee Members

Christopher Ahlers, Greatbatch, Inc. 

Kelly Longo, Ashley Furniture HomeStore

Kristen Amigone, Amigone Funeral Home, Inc. 

John Lopinski, Hodgson Russ LLP 

 Howard Epstein, Freed Maxick CPA's PC

Jacquie Schneegold, Andreozzi Bluestein Weber Brown LLP

Michael Faso, Independent Health 

Rocco Surace, The Bonadio Group 

Tom Lillis, Bank of America Merrill Lynch 

Debbie Surace, Eastern General Hospital 

Terence LoConte, Gilbane Building Co.

 Lisa Wardynski, Independent Health


 Special Thanks to Our Hope Diamond Sponsors:lIndependent Health logo   Acquest_logo


If you have any photos from the Diamond Ball that you would like to share with us, please email them to luann.burgio@lls.org. Photos will be posted on the Diamond Ball Website, our website photo gallery, and on the Western & Central New York Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/llswcny  

last updated on Thursday, March 05, 2015