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Recognition dinner for Northeast Kidney Foundation set for April 16

The Gift of Life Recognition Dinner, a fundraiser for Northeast Kidney Foundation of Greater Buffalo, gets underway at 6 p.m. April 16 in the Hotel @ Lafayette, 391 Washington St.

The following will be honored: Dr. George Blessios, director of Mercy Hospital’s Dialysis Access Center, Contribution to Health Care Award; Lisa Venuta, a registered physician assistant-certified, Renal Clinician of the Year Award; Robert Dembik, Community Service Award (posthumously); and Palladian Health, Jeff Stolzenburg Legacy Award.

The fundraiser features a raffle to win a weekend getaway to Saratoga Springs, as well as a silent auction. The foundation’s mission is improving the lives of those impacted by kidney disease, increasing organ donation and empowering voices for better health care at all levels of government.

Tickets are $100. Call (716) 512-7918 or email for information or to make reservations.