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Friends of father baker reception

Friday, November 10, 2017        Hyatt Regency Buffalo  

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.      

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. 

Thank you!

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


Our Honorees

Michael Taheri

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.

 His dedication and compassion to the mission of St. Luke's has allowed him to receive a number of local honors including the St. Thomas More Guild Award, given to a local Catholic lawyer who successfully applies faith to the challenges of his/her professional and personal life. To read more about Mike's wonderful work please click here.


Jacey Diez

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

We have a number of sponsorship and patron levels available.  You can view or purchase these offerings here.

Make a Donation

Can't attend the event?  While we will miss seeing you, there is always the option of making a monetary contribution to assist with funding for our important programs.

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.