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Irv Weinstein being honored at MDA fundraiser

WKBW-TV (Channel 7) broadcasting legend Irv Weinstein is being honored on Oct. 26 at a local Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraiser at Salvatore's Italian Gardens.

In a Facebook post directed at Western New Yorkers, Irv's daughter, Beth Krom, said she is hoping to attend the dinner in her father's place. She lives in California near her father, who was diagnosed almost a year ago with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neuromuscular disease for which MDA funds are used for research.

"My father's journey with ALS has been a challenge for us all," wrote Krom on Facebook late last month. "It is a cruel disease. Nothing would make us happier than to know that research that might spare others from the ravages of this disease can be funded with dollars raised in tribute to my dad."

WKBW-TV's Keith Radford is the master of ceremonies of the event, "Harvest of Hope," benefiting MDA and ALS research. Dr. Bennett and Cantor Penny Meyers also are being honored as medical leaders and David and Allyson McNamara are honored as community leaders. Individual tickets for $75 can be purchased by calling 585-424-6560.  Sponsorships also are available.

The MDA flier for the event notes Irv and his wife, Elaine, "have pledged $25,000 and are challenging our community to support MDA of WNY to help eradicate the devastating impact of neuro-muscular diseases like muscular dystrophy, ALS, and more. Irv's family hopes that as a high-profile person who now has ALS and who had a long career in Buffalo broadcasting he can help raise the visibility of MDA and help generate much-needed resources."

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On Monday, Krom added another Facebook post noting that the Weinsteins celebrated their 62nd anniversary.

"Happy 62nd Anniversary to my mom and dad," she wrote. "They got married September 4, 1955 at Burnside Manor in the Bronx. Just two crazy kids in love with nothing to fall back on and no way of knowing what their lives together would bring. So grateful to have them both to celebrate today."

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