Friday, November 11, 2016 Hyatt Regency Buffalo
The Friends of Father Baker Reception is one of the Our Lady of Victory (OLV) Institutions's two main fundraising events. Each year, more than 400 well-wishers from WNY and beyond attend this cocktail reception to support OLV's special projects. In addition, the evening pays tribute to two individuals who, like Father Baker, have dedicated their life's work to serving children and families in need.
As a familiar song title says, "You've Got a Friend in Me", we realized we do have a lot of friends as evidenced by those who attended the Friends of Father Baker Reception on November 11th. We would like to thank all our wonderful sponsors, listed below, as well as everyone that attended this memorable event.Once again we would like to congratulate our awardees Jacey Diez and Mike Taheri and a special thank you to Maryalice Demler from WGRZ who made this event very special. To view more pictures from this event please click here.
Our wonderful sponsors
KeyBank West Herr Auto Group Barclay Damon Ruotolo Associates The Chancery - Diocese of Buffalo Irwin Siegel Agerncy
Bolton St. John The Penfold Family Buffalo Truck Center ComDoc, Inc. Eaton Office Supply Co., Inc. Jim & Margaret Serafin
Empire Innovaton Group The Fasanello Family The Bonadio Group Clark, Patterson, Lee
Many WNYers know Michael Taheri as a successful lawyer and partner in the Taheri & Todaro, PC, law firm. But many more have been impacted by him through his many years of service at St. Luke's Mission of Mercy.
Since 2010, Mike and his wife, Josette, have spent more and more time serving those who seek out the healing mission of St. Luke's. This work has seen many different forms. At times, Mike has fulfilled the role of a traditional volunteer - lending a hand to various projects and events. On other occasions, though, he has been able to utilize his talents to serve as friend and mentor to those in need. Many St. Luke's residents, especially children and adolescents, look upon Mike as a mentor. He has set up several programs at St. Luke's, including a highly successful after-school tutoring initiative.
The spirit of caring does not stop there, though. On many occasions, Mike has worked with his contacts and friends to provide funding for young people to help them continue their studies in college.
Jacey Diez has spent many years involved in a variety of programs and services for children and other underprivileged individuals. At Niagara University, Jacey, a senior, has volunteered with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the campus soup kitchen. She has served others while on six mission trips offered through the school's Office of Campus Ministry, lending her talents to those in need in Western New York and beyond!
In addition, Jacey has logged 200 hours of tutoring with the Magdalene Project's Kidz Club -- an after-school program that provides snacks, games, homework assistance and a safe environment for children.
In 2014, Jacey was named "Woman of Distinction" by the Niagara Gazette. She is entering her final year at Niagara University and will graduate in the spring with a degree in elementary education. To read more about Jacey's wonderful work please click here.
how to become part of our event
Become a Sponsor or Patron
Make a Donation
If you need additional information on the evening or you'd like to reserve a sponsorship or purchase a ticket, please contact our Special Events Department at 716-828-9289.