Thank you to all our sponsors and everyone who came out to support the Family Justice Center’s 2017 MOSAIC event! The evening was an incredible success and filled with good times, laughter, and yes, even a Wine Roulette Wheel!
Over 300 people gathered at Lakeward Spirits on Vandalia Street to share in the Buffa-love and help raise money to maintain the valuable services provided at the Center. Attendees at the event were treated to house-made cocktails from the distillery, well-known and cherished local cuisine from Buffalo’s Best Grill & Catering, Gourm-Asian Bistro, Ilio DiPaolo’s, Kabab & Curry, Andersons, Watsons, and more, all while being delighted by the music of legendary organist for the Sabres, Ken Kaufman.
The evening was also a time to acknowledge those who have gone above and beyond for in their efforts to assist domestic violence victims and raise awareness on the issue. Every year the Buffalo News presents the Founder’s Award is presented to someone who has demonstrated innovation in the creation and delivery of services to victims of domestic violence and their families and/or who have demonstrated innovation in the creation and delivery of education/outreach programs on this issue.
This year the award was presented to Deborah Jaeger, a long-time volunteer and supporter of the Family Justice Center and a self-identified survivor of domestic violence. While Deb herself was never in an abusive relationship, she unfortunately lost her sister to domestic violence. Since her sister’s death, Deb has been a staunch advocate for victims and has worked tirelessly to help other victims. Through her efforts “Jilly’s Law” – named after her sister – was passed as a part of the Governor’s recent domestic violence legislation, which allows judges to consider the violent nature of the crime an offender is charged with as well as the safety of the victim and the community in setting bail. In addition, Debbie not only attends every morning tour given at the Family Justice Center to share her sister’s story, but volunteers as a community ambassador and is now in the process of creating “Jilly’s Room” at the Center, which will be a wellness room not only for clients, but for the staff and volunteers working at the Center as well. Deb’s sister would be proud of the legacy she has created in her name and of all the victims she has helped to find safety. All of us here at the Family Justice Center are proud and privileged to know her and to be able to call her our friend!
It was a memorable evening enjoyed by everyone who attended. Many thanks to all of the attendees for supporting the event and to our wonderful sponsors who made the whole evening possible, including our Queen City Sponsors: M&T Bank & Wegmans; our Fillmore Level Sponsors: The Buffalo Bills, OSC Foundation, and Rich’s Products; our Fitzgerald Level Sponsors: Buffalo Sabres, Cohen & Lombardo, FARM, Harter, Secrest & Emery, LLP, Independent Health, Lawley, National Grid, Univera, and Valuecentric; our Delaware Park Sponsors: Catholic Health System, Dansa & D’arata, LLP, Hodgson Russ, Universal Woodworks and Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP, and our Lafayette Square Level Sponsors: The Bonadio Group, Eddie Brady’s, Ellen Daly & Hunt Real Estate, Frey Electric, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Clarence, NY.