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2010-12-01 / Front Page

Travel organization’s fundraiser to benefit Dugan family

by DARLENE M. DONOHUE Editor

Brian C. Dugan Brian C. Dugan Anne Dugan is a longtime member of the Buffalo Niagara Travel Professionals, so when news spread to the group that her husband, Brian, an educator in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, was killed in an accident, it was a “no brainer” for the group to lend a hand to her family.

(See editorial on page four)

The not-for-profit professional travel industry organization will host a holiday fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 9, to benefit the Brian C. Dugan Children’s Education Fund — a trust account set up to collect money for the the victim’s sons, Jack and Aiden, to apply toward their education.

Money received during the event’s Chinese auction plus half of the funds earned from the sales of 50/50 raffle tickets will be applied to the Children’s Education Fund.

“It was the least we could do for her family,” said Nicole Barnas, the BNTP’s public relations chair. “[Anne] was extremely excited and grateful when she heard we were hosting this event.”

Brian, who resided with his family in the Town of Tonawanda, was a 37-year-old high school English teacher who died Sept. 15 after he was struck by a vehicle while jogging across Sheridan Drive near Belmont Road in the town.

The fundraiser will begin with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner and auction at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6615 Transit Road in Lancaster. The cost to attend is $24 for BNTP members and $29 for guests. Those planning to attend need to RSVP by Thursday, Dec. 2, by e-mailing Marydel Gaiser at dell25@roadrunner.com.

Those interested in submitting a donation pledge to the education fund can e-mail khallzientek@moog.com.

During the fundraiser, there also will be a collection at the door of nonperishable items to be donated to the International Institute. This organization assists foreign immigrants with relocating to Western New York.

e-mail: ddonohue@beenews.com

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