Don't miss the 2015 Premier which will be held at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on January 17.
Premier 2015 Honorees: This year's event will honor the president of the Seneca Nation of Indians and the medical director for Memorial's Adult Behavioral Health Services.
Barry Snyder, Sr. has been actively involved in the governing of the Seneca Nation of Indians for five decades. His passion for his people and the collective improvement of the Nation and its members has been central to the many offices he has held in the Nation's government. Among his countless accomplishments, he established the Seneca Diabetes Foundation. President Snyder will receive the Nancy Gara Spirit Award in memory of a western New York banding executive and former medical center board member who was renowned for her positive attitude and personal commitment to serving the community.
A respected psychiatrist, Dr. Hak J. Ko has practiced medicine in Niagara since 1980. He serves as medical director for Memorial's adult inpatient behavioral health units and has played an integral leadership role in the Niagara Wellness Connection Center. He is also a member of the behavioral health staff at the Buffalo General Hospital where he served as medical director of the Adult Outpatient Clinic.
Premier 2015 Chairpersons: Chairpersons for the 2015 Premier are Gary and Fran Hall and Dr. Venkat and Christin Kolli.
Gary Hall is co-founder and CEO of WTS Inc., a global provider of sustainable solutions for byproduct management. He is a member of the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, a co-founder of the HANCI Reading All Stars program and the host of the annual Lower Niagara Sport Fishing Challenge tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He has provided two schools for children in Sierra Leone through EduNations. An avid golfer, Francine Hall practiced cosmetology for many years and is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Dr. Kolli, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, is Memorial’s full-time chief of surgery. He specializes in surgery of the breast and in minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic surgical procedures, including single incision robotic gallbladder removal. Christin Kolli is a former Memorial Medical Center operating room technician who subsequently managed her husband’s private medical practice for 10 years. She now enjoys being a full-time mom.
Proceeds from The Premier 2015 will support the Golisano Center for Community Health.
The Premier...Memorial Medical Center Foundation's annual black tie gala attracts a sold out crowd of more than 900 guests from throughout the Greater Buffalo-Niagara region and beyond. You can highlight your business through sponsorship opportunities or to donate to the Premier silent auction. For more information, please call the Foundation at (716) 278-4570.
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