The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 24th Annual Gelatin Splash held in June at Banchetti by Rizzo's raised $115,000 for the Western & Central New York Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
80 costumed, caring participants took the "big plunge" into 1,000 gallons of "Strawberry" gelatin for a minimum of $400 in donations collected from family, friends and co-workers. More than 1,000 spectators were in attendance to support the fight against leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers.
The top fundraiser for the event for the 8th consecutive year was Forrest Weaver, Owner of Few Dew Deliveries and a former patient, with a total of $11,880.50 in donations; he will be awarded a 5-Night Caribbean Cruise for Two with a $500 airline voucher OR a $1,500 travel voucher
#2: Mike Bonetto, First Niagara Risk Management - $10,150
Mike won a JUPITER , FLORIDA VACATION FOR TWO: $500 airline travel voucher and accommodations for 6 nights & 7 days at a two bedroom, two bath furnished condominium that is a short walk from the beach - donated by WAYNE FREID & GERALD CHIARI
#3: Gary Burns, Empire EMCO inc. - $9,250
Gary has won two SOUTHWEST AIRLINES round trip airline tickets to anywhere in the continental US
#4: Jack Sutherland - $8,399
Jack won a weekend for two in ELLICOTTVILE, NY AT THE SNOWPINE VILLEGE CONDOMINIUMS donated by ZAEPFEL DEVELOPMENT CO.
#5: Peggy Takac - $2,932.50
Peggy won the Family Entertainment Package- Ten Tickets to DARIEN LAKE THEME PARK & RESORT, weekday birthday party for ix and four free games of golf & 100 arcade tokens at ADVENTURE LANDING and a Family/Duel membership to the BURCHFIELD PENNEY ART CENTER
#6: Marc Gronwall, Erie Niagara Insurance Assoc. - $2,895
Marc won an overnight stay for two & $50 to any food and beverage outlet at ADAMS MARK HOTEL
#7: Glenda Stahura, University of Buffalo - $2,713.37
Glenda won a KINDLE FIRE, donated by KEYBANK
#8: Virginia Walczak - $2,065
Virgina won an overnight stay at EMBASSEY SUITES BUFFALO & $50 gift certificate to FAT BOB'S SMOKEHOUSE
#9: Charlotte Ziff - $1,525
Charlotte won the Grand Jacuzzi Package - Dinner for two at RUSSELL'S STEAKS, CHOPS & MORE, one night stay in a suite at SALVATORE'S GRAND HOTEL with breakfast for two
#10: Jim Rieck, Roswell Park Cancer Institute- $1,270
Jim won a boat cruise for ten abroad the MOONDANCE CAT
#11: Denise Bruch, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management - $1,040
Denise won an overnight stay & breakfast for two at the MARROITT BUFFALO NIAGARA & $50 gift certificate to SONOMA GRILLE
#12: Nicole Guilds - $1,030
Nicole won the LASERTRON PARTY for 10 adults (21 years of age and older) to play a 30-minute session Cyber Sport and receive one beverage each, and a pass for two to play any one attraction
#13: Max Schaffer - $1,005
Max won a night of comedy with family & friends - 16 passes to ROB'S COMEDY PLAYHOUSE to see comedians who have performed for Leno, Letterman & HBO Live at Buffalo's only comedy club, donated by ROB LEDERMAN & $100 gift certificate to RIZZOTTO RESTAURANT
#14: Matt Sokolowski- $805
Matt won the South of the City Package- Overnight stay at the STAYBRIDGE SUITES, & $30 gift certificate to ILIO DIPAOLO'S
#15: Justin Andreozzi - $720
Justin won an overnight stay and breakfast at the COMFORT SUITES & $50 gift certificate to ENCORE
#16: Jessica Rodriguez - $701.25
Jessica won a Gift Basket from TOPS FRIENDLY MARKETS
#17: Jillian Sickler - $682
Jillian won a Pamper Yourself Package - gift basket of products & services from JOANNE HAMILTON & DENISE CIPOLLA at TRESSES HAIR STUDIO & DAY SPA
#18: Julie Sayers - $645
Julie won Dining in the Northtowns Gift Cards - $75 to BONEFISH GRILL, $25 to THE EAGLE HOUSE, $25 to 800 MAPLE, $20 to MILOS RESTAURANT, & two lunches at LOUGHRAN'S RESTAURANT
#19: Joanne Flett - $644.50
Joanne won Delicious Dining Gift Cards - $50 to MELTING POT , dinner for two at WALDENS inside the Millennium Hotel, $25 to THE DOCK AT THE BAY, $25 to SHADOW LOUNGE & RESTAURANT, & $15 to RED OSIER LANDMARK
#20: Yezenia Kren-Colon, KeyBank - $632
Yezenia won a DELTA SONIC Package - one oil change, one 10-minute interior cleaning, one car wash
This outstanding event was lead Chair :Norm Orlowski, President, Erie Niagara Insurance, and an officer of The Society's local Board Of Trustees. Volunteer Committee members include: Cindy Dominske (Columbus McKinnon), Michele George, Howard Gordon, Rakesh Jobanputra (Columbus McKinnon) Mimi Otminski (Lincoln Financial Advisors), Carrie Smith (RSVP) and Jeanine Tripp-Stranz (KeyBank).
Corporate sponsors of this event include Banchetti By Rizzo's, Tops, Insty Prints- Buffalo, Star 102.5, Majestic Pools and Spas, The Mentholatum Company, New Era Cap, Southwest Airlines, and Time Warner Cable.
All proceeds from the Gelatin Splash will be spent by the local chapter to fund programs of blood cancer research, local patient aid, public and professional education, advocacy and community service.