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Niagara University honoring former Buffalo Bills back Thurman Thomas

Thurman Thomas

Thurman Thomas

NIAGARA FALLS -- Thurman L. Thomas, the retired Buffalo Bills running back and Pro Football Hall of Famer, will be among a handful of guests honored Friday, Nov. 18 during Niagara University’s President’s Dinner at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls.

Thomas, who currently serves as president of the 3480 Group, will receive the Legacy of Service Award.

Other award recipients will include: Dr. Gary Praetzel, dean emeritus of Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, the Medal of Honor; Robyn L. Krueger, executive director of Community Missions of Niagara Frontier Inc., the St. Vincent de Paul Award; Brian P. Crosby, Class of ’67, partner at Gibson, McAskill and Crosby LLP and current Niagara University trustee, and his wife, Dr. Frances E. Crosby, ’67, director of NU’s School of Nursing, the Caritas Medal.

The President’s Dinner begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and includes awards presentations, dinner and music.

Proceeds from the President’s Dinner benefit Niagara University’s scholarship programs. Last year, Niagara granted more than $43 million in scholarship assistance to undergraduate students.

Tickets for the dinner are $195 per person (or $145 for NU alumni who graduated after 2000) and may be reserved at www.niagara.edu/PresidentsDinner. Ticket and sponsorship information is also available by contacting Niagara University’s Office of Institutional Advancement at 716.286.8778 or jlipa@niagara.edu. Tickets will not be available at the door.

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