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An active member and chairman of many community organizations, William G. Mayne Jr. says he is "surprised and humbled" by the United Way of Niagara's selection of him for its annual Humanitarian Award.

Mayne and others will be recognized at the United Way of Niagara 77th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon at noon Tuesday in Holiday Inn Select, 300 Third St.

"My focus has always been on the economy and jobs, and my other involvements are offshoots of that concern," said Mayne, who is vice president at Warren Hoffman and Associates. "Obviously, that (concern) is needed in the Niagara Falls area."

Mayne is currently serving as chairman of the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency and has served as chairman of both the Niagara Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Niagara Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the boards of Rides Unlimited of Niagara (part of Opportunities Unlimited) and the Lewiston-based Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center and is a current member of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. He is a past member of the Western New York Economic Development Corp. and is an alumnus of Leadership Niagara.

"Anything you can do to help others is your responsibility, and I feel very strongly that everyone has the responsibility to help those who are less fortunate," said Mayne.

Mayne lives in Lewiston with his wife, Joyce.

Also honored will be Joseph L. Baio, who will receive the annual Labor's Community Service Award. Baio, a member of the Niagara Hooker Employees Union for 21 years, volunteered as a loaned associate for United Way for five years and went to other companies as a speaker and helped run campaigns for companies. He is being honored for his true sense of caring for his community.

Baio was selected for this award by members of organized labor. He is known for his extreme dedication and commitment to the United Way as well as other community groups.

The Salvation Army, a United Way member agency, will be honored with the Service Cup, for its excellent administration and programming and a quality team of volunteers and staff that supports the United Way's efforts in the community.

The Outstanding Employee Coordinator is an award presented to people who work for a company and coordinate the United Way campaign, setting up employee rallies, presentations and special events during the campaign. Selected honorees this year are Praxair employees Amy Goelz and Mike Piskor.

The 2000 annual report will be distributed, and the general campaign chairman for 2001 will be announced.

The master of ceremonies will be Joanna Pasceri of WKBW-TV news, and volunteer co-chairmen of this event are Phil Buffone and Linda Mocny.

Tickets are $15 per person and are available by calling the United Way at 285-8461.

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