Three Western New Yorkers will be honored at the 23rd annual Dinner of Champions sponsored by the Western New York/Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on Nov. 8 in Adam's Mark Hotel. Frank and George Eberl of Eberl Ironworks are chairmen.
The Community Champion Award will be presented to the Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, president of Canisius College since 1993.
He has demonstrated his commitment to the community by the purchase of the Streng Oldsmobile building, now Demerly Hall, the college's health and human performance center, and construction of Delavan Townhouses, on the site of the West Delavan Armory, which are occupied by 192 students. Phase two of the $16 million construction project is scheduled for completion next year.
Jacquie Walker, anchor of News 4 at noon and 5:30 p.m. weekdays, will receive the Stephen H. Kelly Award. For several years she served on the chapter's board of directors to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis.
An award-winning journalist, she is known for her volunteerism and as a guest speaker for such organizations as Roswell Park Alliance, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The Inspirational Award will be presented to Shelly Boyle, a chiropractor in practice with Lancaster-Depew Chiropractic, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1990, a diagnosis that directed her career choice.
She serves on the chapter's program and advocacy committees and also is vice president of New York Chiropractic Association, District 17, and a board member of Chiropractic Education Foundation of New York.
Proceeds from the dinner will be used for national research and local programs, including workshops for those newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, respite weekends, support groups, lending library, individual and family counseling and a medical equipment loan program.
Tickets are $200 each; reservations may be made by calling the chapter's office at 634-2261.