Mary and Jody Lomeo will serve as co-chairs of the Deaf Access Services Spring Gala, a black-tie-optional fundraising event Saturday, April 11, at Statler City. DAS is the area's premiere advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Jody is the president and CEO of Kaleida Health as well as the Great Lakes Health System of Western New York. He previously served as CEO of Erie County Medical Center, and currently serves as a volunteer board member for numerous local and statewide organizations.
He and his wife are very active in the Western New York community, volunteering their time with a number of not-for-profit entities over the past 10 years.
"We are very happy to work with Deaf Access Services, which has been working so tirelessly for years to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing communities," Mary Lomeo said. "We have always believed in family first, and working together on DAS' black-tie gala is a great opportunity for our family. We are so pleased to lend our support and help out this new event."
Mary is an active volunteer in the community. Most recently, she chaired the Catholic Diocese "Snowball Dance," which attracted more than 1,000 grammar school students and raised much-needed tuition assistance dollars for low-income families seeking a Catholic education across the diocese.
Mary volunteers her time as much as possible to St. Joseph Collegiate Institute and St. Gregory the Great School, where her children attend. She and Jody recently co-chaired a large dinner auction fundraiser at St Greg's, which benefited both the parish and the school. Mary also volunteered at Erie County Medical Center, raising money for breast cancer awareness and the trauma program. She is active with the Kaleida Health Foundation, as well as the Women & Children's Hospital Foundation of Buffalo.
The Lomeos live in Clarence with their three children.
The Deaf Access Services Spring Gala will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person. The event will feature cocktails and dinner, guest speakers, a comedy show, 50/50 raffle and silent auction. All proceeds support the services of DAS in 10 counties of Western New York.
Keith Radford, news anchor at WKBW-TV Channel7 will serve as master of ceremonies.
Reservations may be made by phoning 716-833-1637 or 716-335-9192. The Deaf Access Services website is at www.WNYDAS.org.
About Deaf Access Services
In 1983, a group of committed volunteers interested in the welfare of the deaf community set up Deaf Adult Services as a nonprofit organization. In 2013, DAS began operating under the new name, Deaf Access Services, in order to better serve everyone in the community.
DAS continues to be the only nonprofit of its kind serving Western New York. Staffed by deaf, hard of hearing and hearing individuals, DAS provides a diverse, inclusive environment for individuals to receive services. It strives to bridge the gap between the deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities.
DAS encourages self-sufficiency and empowers the deaf community through supportive leadership.