HAMBURG - Since 1993, Immaculata Academy has honored those who serve their community as instruments of positive change. This event has become the premiere event of the Southtowns, with more than 500 people attending. This year, they will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary Mater Christi Award Gala on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Michael's Banquet Facility in Hamburg.
Chuck and Elaina Hayes of Hamburg and Robert and Joan Vetter (IA) of West Seneca will be co-chairing the event as we honor Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., Laura Zaepfel and Dr. Fred and Pam Fielding for exemplifying the mission of Immaculata Academy: to be instruments of positive change in society.
Chuck Hayes is currently the manager of Transformation Communications for Catholic Health where he leads a wide range of communications initiatives driving the system's high performing healthcare system strategy. Elaina is a Medical Case Manager for Travelers Insurance Company. They have three children, two sons (one attending St. Francis and one attending SS Peter & Paul) one daughter (IA Class of '11). Chuck has been an active volunteer in the community, coaching youth hockey for both SS Peter & Paul and the Hamburg Hawks, working with the Hamburg Crop Walk committee, serving alongside Elaina on numerous committees and teams at SS Peter & Paul and as former Co-Presidents of the Immaculata Parent Guild, and the marriage ministry team at SS Peter & Paul. Elaina also served as a past president of the SS Peter & Paul Parents Guild.
Robert and Joan Vetter (IA) of West Seneca and Chuck and Elaina Hayes of Hamburg are the chairs of this year’s Mater Christi Award Gala.
Robert Vetter is a security analyst for Citi Group while Joan is currently nurse manager of a cardiac telemetry floor at Mercy Hospital where she has worked for over 25 years. The couple has four daughters; all graduated from Immaculata Academy, where Joan attended as well. Joan is the 2012 recipient of the Immaculata Academy Alumnae Spirit Award. They have been volunteers at their parish Blessed John XXIII, as well as, at Notre Dame Academy and St. Bonaventure School, both of which their children attended.
Those interested in attending the award gala or becoming a sponsor may contact Immaculata Academy's Office of Institutional Advancement at (716) 648-4307 or online at www.immaculataacademy.com
About Immaculata Academy: Immaculata Academy, a private, Catholic, college-preparatory high school, is dedicated to educating young women based on Franciscan values. With a family spirit, our goal for each student is that she maximizes her potential academically, spiritually, and personally, so as to be an instrument of positive change in society.