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Memorial Black-Tie Gala is Big Success

More than 900 guests, at $225 per ticket, turned out Saturday night for the 10th annual Premier black-tie dinner and entertainment gala, the major fund-raiser for the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. It was held at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

The 2014 gala honored two distinguished women for their services, Dr. Sujatha Addagatla, a physician specializing in nephrology, and the late Nancy Gara, a founder of the Premier who died last May, with all the proceeds benefiting the development of the new Cardiac/Stroke Center at the Medical Center, a unit featuring cutting-edge technology and high quality care.

Co-chairs for this year's gala were Dr. Renee Taefi Baughman and Lucy and Dominick Muto.

Joseph Ruffolo, president and CEO of the Medical Center, told the Niagara Gazette that "we have invested over $62 million in the past decade into innovative new programs, expanding our current programs, investing in new technologies and infrastructure."

Ruffolo said the investments shows the hospital's role as an economic catalyst and job creator, and he also stated that within a couple of weeks Memorial will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Niagara Wellness Center, a $2.1 million project that will be a one-stop shop "that will provide and integrate the behavioral health services with primary care...under one roof."



Niagara Falls Reporter - Publisher Frank Parlato Jr. www.niagarafallsreporter.com

Jan 21, 2014