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2015-09-24 / Local News

Resident to receive Volunteer of the Year

Matt Bubar, a resident of Orchard Park, will be one of three individuals to receive the Volunteer of the Year award from the Western New York Land Conservancy.

The conservancy will host its first annual gala from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Saturn Club in Buffalo.

The chairs of this year’s gala are Judy Weidemann and Grace Meibohm, both from East Aurora. Honorary co-chairs of the event are Rep. Chris Collins and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, who both championed the creation of the Stella Niagara Preserve, the conservancy’s newest nature preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston.

At the gala, the conservancy will present the Henry J. Kreher Conservation Award to Ellen Neumaier, a supporter who played a major role in the protection of the Mill Road Scenic Overlook in the Town of Aurora, among other conservation projects.

Volunteer of the Year awards will also be presented to the three individuals involved with the Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve: Steve Barber, Bubar and Mike McGarry.

Following the dinner, there will be a live auction with Buffalo auctioneer, Cash Cunningham.

Auction items will include a two-week stay at a resort in Hawaii; a photograph by Paula Sciuk, a local artist whose work was recently displayed at the Louvre in Paris; and other items.

In addition to the live auction, an anonymous donor has offered a $10,000 challenge gift.

After the auction, every dollar donated at the gala will be doubled in its impact to the conservancy.

Donors may pledge to help match the $10,000 challenge gift until Tuesday, Sept. 29.

For more information about the event or auction items, visit the conservancy website at www.wnylc.org.

As of Sept. 1, the gala is sold out. Those wishing to attend who have not yet made reservations, can contact the conservancy to be placed on a waiting list.

The cost to attend the gala is $150 per person or $200 for patrons who will be recognized in the printed program.

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