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Paul Nanula will receive the 2009 Service to Mankind Award from the Western New York and Finger Lakes Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during the chapter's 17th annual Diamond Ball on Saturday in Samuel's Grande Manor, Clarence.

John Rogers, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Independent Health, is chairman of the ball. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to accompany a silent auction and a raffle. Dinner will follow. Guests will receive a pouch containing a gemstone, with one containing a one-carat diamond stone.

Nanula is president and chief executive officer for Wilson Farms. He is being honored for his leadership and dedication to the society. Nanula and his wife, Karen, have chaired the society's Light the Night walks since 2006. Under their leadership the campaign, which takes place in Rochester and Buffalo, has grown from $218,000 to $560,000. Proceeds help support research, local patient aid, advocacy, education and community service programs.

Tickets are $200 each. For reservations, call the chapter office at 834-2578, ext. 102.


Romulus Women's Club will have a St. Joseph's Day Table beginning at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday in Banchetti by Rizzo's. Sandy Preziuso is chairwoman. Proceeds of a theme auction will benefit the Franciscan Center for Boys.


Greater Buffalo Alumnae Panhellenic Association will have its annual fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. March 8 in Banchetti by Rizzo's. The event, a wine tasting and silent art auction of local artists' work, will include a basket raffle. Tickets are $25 each. Proceeds benefit the group's two scholarship funds. Scholarship applications are due Sunday with support materials due April 1. For information, call 689-2125.


Arletta Ketchum, deputy grand matron of Erie District, Order of the Eastern Star, and Kevin Hierl, district grand lecturer, will have their official visit to Beulah Chapter No. 176 at 7:30 p.m. March 12 in the East Aurora Masonic Temple.

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