Three individuals, a couple and a family will be honored Tuesday evening as the National Conference for Community and Justice holds its 52nd annual Citation Banquet in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.
A Citation Award will go to Christopher T. Greene, an attorney with Damon & Morey LLP and chairman of the board of Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute. Active on the boards of numerous legal, medical, educational and civic organizations, he is listed in a national directory as one of the best lawyers in america for health care law.
Also to receive a Citation Award is Brenda W. McDuffie, president and chief executive officer of the Buffalo Urban League. Previously executive director of the Buffalo and Erie County Private Industry Council and a past president of Leadership Buffalo, she has dedicated her career to expanding social and economic opportunities to minorities.
A Citation Award also goes to Paul and the late Joan Joy and their children, who in the past 14 years have granted about $4.6 million through the Joy Family Foundation to a variety of arts, education, health care and human service agencies in Erie and Niagara counties.
The Special Award goes to William McFarland, executive director of the James H. Cummings Foundation and a recipient of the Citation Award 20 years ago. Previously president of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, he has worked to provide services for the underprivileged, the aged and the infirm.
The Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Gerda Weissmann Klein and the late Kurt Klein, authors of "The Hours After: Letters of Love and Longing in War's Aftermath." Mrs. Klein, a survivor of three years in slave-labor camps during World War II, married her husband, a soldier from Buffalo, after the war and they worked together for many years to battle intolerance and hunger. Their story is part of the permanent exhibit in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.