Wednesday, October 26, 2022 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Zoom Party

Please join us for our annual awards and fundraising gala. Our Halloween themed Zoom gala is free of charge to attend. As usual, Brenda Tremblay of WXXI-FM Classical 91.5 will be our guide for the evening. This year’s award winners are doing wonderful work for everyone afflicted with life threatening allergies in New York State. We'll be joined by magician and mentalist Gary Ferrar for a hysterical virtual performance full of unexpected moments and unique effects. Gary has appeared on NBC, USA, and the Travel Channel, and is excited to blow our minds. He's done the same for the likes of Howard Stern, Robert De Niro, Amazon, Google, and Uber, among other globe striding companies. Speaking of globe striding, in this age of Zoom, he's also performed for audiences from California, to Germany, to Hong Kong.

Through your contributions and sponsorship, we can better advance our program of awareness, alertness and action.  Your generosity will help so many individuals and families with life threatening allergies here in Western New York.

This year the Dr. John J. Condemi Award will go to Sandra Glantz, MSN, FNP. While retired from active practice, Ms. Glantz continues her impact as a regular contributor and presenter of the Epi Near You New York. As a medical professional diagnosed with life threatening allergies as an adult, she brings a very unique and personal perspective to the importance of broad based availability of epinephrine and lots of community members who know how to use it.

The John J. Condemi Award is given to medical professionals who have improved life, health and hope for individuals and families with life-threatening allergies through clinical treatment and new research.

The 2022 Ruth T. Cornell Award will be awarded to Thomas Silvera and Dina Hawthorne, founders of the Elijah-Alavi Foundation. Their work began after the 2017 passing of their son, Elijah due to a food allergen given to him while at day care. Through their foundation, they are working state by state to put in place the legislation and funding necessary to put epinephrine auto injectors in every child care situation. This is already a requirement in New York and will soon be fully implemented in Illinois.

The Ruth T. Cornell Award is given to those who have had a significant impact on their community through sustained commitment to advocacy and education.