The Western & Central New York Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society held its? 22nd annual Diamond Ball on Saturday, February 22nd at Samuel?s Grande Manor, the hosting sponsor of the event.
Independent Health and The Bonadio Group were the ?Hope Diamond? sponsors and Gelia and Team AnnaLynn were the ?Premier? sponsors.
A record of more than more than 700 guests and 70 corporate sponsors showed up in black tie attire to help raise the funds, a record breaking $270,000 was raised which will be directed toward blood cancer research, local patient aid and services, advocacy, education and community service programs.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Chapter?s
?Service to Mankind? award, which was presented to
Mr. Norm Orlowski, Jr., President of Erie And Niagara Insurance
for his leadership and dedication to cure blood cancers and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The sentimental ?Service to Mankind? ceremony was led by local patients who each presented Mr. Orlowski with a single rose, a symbol of one month of patient aid and services that will be funded in his name.
Alexander Withee a guest at the Benchmark Table, went home with the sparkling one-carat diamond, a traditional giveaway that gave the Diamond Ball its name. All other guests went home with a genuine gemstone sponsored by Scanlon Jewelers
Dr. Lee Greenberger, Chief Scientific Officer for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, National Office was the keynote speaker. His presentation included Research, on how we are making cures happen for blood cancer patients and helping save lives and improve quality of life.
The funds raised from the Diamond Ball help support Leukemia, Lymphoma and Blood Cancer Research, Local Patient Aid, Advocacy, Education and Community Service Programs.