Share this article

print logo

Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Karen Arrison has been nominated to the Preservation League of New York State's board of trustees.

Arrison is president of the Clement and Karen Arrison Legacy Foundation, and vice president of the Clement and Karen Arrison Family Charitable Foundation. She has served as president of Karen Fick Design for the past 27 years, and serves on several boards, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

She and her husband were recipients of the 2011 Preservation Buffalo Niagara Award for Restoration, and a 2011 award for philanthropy from the National Federation for Just Communities. The couple also has been involved in restoring the historic McKinney Mansion, and rehabbing a circa 1878 cottage at Chautauqua Institution.


Shirley J. Hamilton, a New York State Power Authority employee who volunteers with youth groups, was recently installed as president of the Niagara Falls chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Hamilton, 59, is a nurse and a student at Buffalo State College, where she majors in an individualized study program for social justice.

She works in the operations section of the Power Authority and has worked in several volunteer groups dedicated to helping young people in Niagara Falls. She also has served in the Environmental Justice Committee of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the Niagara Orleans Labor Council and the Niagara Falls Music Workshop Choir.


Dr. Datta G. Wagle received the "Man of the Year" award from the Western New York Catholic Health System.

Wagle, president of the American Urology Association, was the former chief of urology of the Catholic Health System for both St. Joseph Hospital and Sisters of Charity Hospital. He is currently a clinical assistant professor of urology at the University at Buffalo and also the adjunct clinical associate professor of surgery at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and New York Institute of Technology.

The Williamsville resident received his urology training at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Cleveland Clinic.


Boy Scouts of America Troop 500 will recognize its newest Eagle Scouts -- David Klawon Jr., Aaron Otoka, Daniel Schroeder and Corey Zagstat -- at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony at 2:30 p.m. today at St. James School, 500 Terrace Blvd., Depew. Along with receiving scouting's highest award, they also will receive proclamations honoring their leadership, community involvement and academic accomplishments from Depew Deputy Mayor Jules Pecora, a former Boy Scout.


Five former Buffalo Bills players will receive community service awards for enhancing the quality of life in Western New York at a fundraising reception sponsored by Eyes on America Foundation to be held May 10 at Russell's Banquet Room, 6675 Transit Road, Lancaster.

The honorees are Booker Edgerson, Charley Ferguson, Lou Piccone, Ed Rutkowski and Ernie Warlick.

The benefit will raise funds for donated cataract surgeries for those without health insurance.


Dennis Szefel, chief strategy officer for Delaware North Cos., has joined the Roswell Park Cancer Institute board of directors. He was appointed to a three-year term on the board by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, based on recommendations from the Western New York delegation to the State Legislature.

Szefel has been associated with Delaware North for more than 40 years. He was named to his current position in 2011 after being named chairman of the company's global business, and had served most recently as chief administrative officer.


The University at Buffalo Alumni Association honored an entrepreneur and a former Buffalo Bill and NFL Hall of Famer during the UB Alumni Association Achievement Awards ceremony, which was held April 13 in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on the UB North Campus.

Entrepreneur John R. "Jack" Davis, Class of 1955, received the association's highest honor, the Samuel P. Capen Award, and Jim Kelly and his wife, Jill, friends of the university, received the Community Leadership Award.

Davis, of Akron, is founder and owner of I Squared R Element Co., a manufacturer and seller of heating elements for high-temperature furnaces. He and his wife, Barbara, made an initial gift to UB in 2008 of $1.5 million for the naming rights to the state-of-the-art "clean room" for the new engineering building on the North Campus. The Davises increased their gift by $3.5 million, and in 2011 UB opened a new 130,000-plus-square-foot building called Barbara and Jack Davis Hall.

The Kellys, of East Aurora, have been advocates for medical research and prenatal testing since the 1997 birth of their son, Hunter James, who died of an inherited fatal disorder of the nervous system at the age of 8. Through their efforts and the couple's Hunter's Hope Foundation, the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute was opened in 2004 on the North Campus in collaboration with UB. The institute is working toward a cure for Krabbe Disease and other leukodystrophies.

The Distinguished Alumni Award went to Frank B. Silvestro, Class of 1968, of Clarence. The Walter P. Cooke Award, which recognizes notable and meritorious contributions to the university and its family by non-alumni, was given to Esther Takeuchi, of East Amherst. The Dr. Richard T. Sarkin Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to Linda Heim McCausland, Class of 1990, of Amherst. The Dr. Philip B. Wels Outstanding Service Award was given to the UB Engineering Alumni Association.

Volunteer Recognition Awards were presented to Rita Andolina, Class of 1988, of West Seneca, and Roger Roll, of Williamsville, a friend of the university.


Compeer for Seniors, an older adult service of Compeer Greater Buffalo, is the winner of the 2012 Lilly Reintegration Award for Social Support, given this year in partnership with the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

The award was presented at the Celebration of Excellence Awards Dinner, which was held April 16 at the Hilton Chicago.

Michele Brown, compeer executive director and Sarah Stimm, director of senior services, were guests at the celebration as part of the award.

Compeer for Seniors has been providing services to elders in Erie County since 1985. As a contract agency of the Erie County Department of Mental Health, Compeer currently is serving close to 100 seniors annually.

The Reintegration Awards has been supported by Eli Lilly and Co. since 1997.

Winners receive a $10,000 grant.

Reintegration Awards honor achievement in nine categories, including treatment teams, programs, and services that support people living with severe mental illness as well as local and national efforts to improve services and decrease the stigma of mental illness.