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Executive Director, Gia Coone
Western New York Chapter
1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 150
Williamsville, NY, 14221
T: (716) 204-2535
F: (716) 204-2538
Western New York Chapter

Rising Stars

Event Overview

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Lauren Glose is hosting a volleyball tournament to benefit the CF Foundation
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Awards Reception
Thursday, November 8, 2012

Lafayette Hotel
391 Washington St.
Buffalo, NY 14203

The CF Foundation will be honoring Western New York’s Rising Stars, young professionals, who show exemplary leadership, are active in their community, and have excelled in their profession or business. The honorees will receive many benefits including the personal satisfaction of helping to save the lives of children and adults with cystic fibrosis – a life-threatening disease.

The CFF Rising Stars is a 90 day campaign that begins with an honoree kickoff reception and culminates with an awards presentation. Between the kickoff and the awards reception a number of networking activities take place along with a mid-point rally.

Please contact Kristin Scholz
or (716) 204-2535


AJ Baynes
2012 Rising Stars Chair

Bernie Aja

Laurie Albertsson

Lisa Meyers Alessi

Jillian Bromstead

Jennifer Burton

Scott Bylewski

Lynn Dearmyer

Brittany Frey

Holly Fewkes

Jennifer Gorczynski

Sue O'Neill

Jessica Schimert

Patty Jordan Smith

Matt Sotland

Margaret Toohey

Megan Whelan

Important note on attendance for people with CF and their families:
The health and well-being of people with cystic fibrosis is our top priority. Medical evidence shows that certain bacteria can be passed between individuals who have CF and can lead to worse symptoms and speed decline in lung function. To limit the serious risk of cross-infection between people with CF, only one person with CF may be invited to attend the indoor portion of each CF Foundation-sponsored event.  For the outdoor portion of the event, people with CF should maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from each other.

Please note: People with CF and their families should be aware that individuals with CF might choose to attend Foundation events or meetings without notifying event organizers. We strongly discourage this; however, we cannot guarantee that only one person with CF will be present at any indoor Foundation event. For more information, please call your local chapter.

To participate:

Sponsorship Opportunities 

 Presenting Sponsors


Media Partners



Darren Ascone
Hover Networks

Kristen Beauchamp
Iroquois Central School District

Crista Botticello
Ooo La La Boutique

Alison Burke
Realty USA

Blake Carbone
Canisius College Ctr. For Professional Dev

Melissa Chabot
University at Buffalo

Shawn Connolly
Jensen, Marks, Langer & Vance

Stephanie G. Elliott
Bryant & Stratton College

Angelo Gambino
Gibson, McAskill & Crosby, LLP

Lauren Glose
Wendel Companies

Stacy Green
SEG Construction

Krissy Herman
The Travel Team

Brittani Kaitanowski
LoVullo Associates

David Lefkowitz
Imagine Staffing

Anastasia Malagisi
Uniland Development

Nicole Matthews
West Herr

Jack Pederson
Linde LLC

Candi Possinger
Catholic Medical Partners

Krista Rappa

Richard Ridenour

Merrill Lynch

Jodee Riordan
Modern Corporation, Inc

Anthony Rosati

Rachael Russell
Nardin Academy

Kate Sarata
The Service Collaborative of WNY

Sara Schumacher
Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Nicole Schuman
SchuShine Communications

Nicholas Sinatra
Sinatra & Company Real Estate

EJ Snyder
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Maureen Snyder
First Niagara Bank

Rick Stefanone
Enterprise Holding Company

Dawn Taibbi
Buffalo Business First

Megan Whelan
D'Youville College