This past Saturday night 2/25, myself and a few of my fellow Freed Maxick employees (along with my sister Hannah as my date for the evening!) attended the 20th Annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Diamond Ball at Samuel’s Grande Manor in Clarence, NY. The Diamond Ball is the premier black tie gala of the Western & Central New York Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Every year the event is held to raise money to fight blood cancers, and fund the research that will hopefully put an end to the diseases some day soon.

This year, the Chairman of the 20th Annual Diamond Ball was our very own Howard Epstein, Director of Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C. and member of LLS’s Board of Trustees. He attended and led some of the evening’s program, and helped the cause by donating some of the amazing silent auction items up for bid that evening. He did a great job and is to be commended for all of his hard work, along with each of the board members who helped to put on a great evening. Another special shout out goes to LLS’s own Luann Burgio, the Executive Director of the organization. I worked with ger quite a bit over the few months leading up to the event and she is a fabulous, hard working lady!

The concept of the Diamond Ball is is that each guest receives a pouch containing a genuine gemstone; and one guest goes home with a ONE-CARAT DIAMOND. It’s a pretty exciting moment for all of the attendees, and this year was especially entertaining, as the winner of the diamond actually proposed to his girlfriend in front of the entire audience… a first in 20 years of the event! Read more about this at the MC of the event, Jacquie Walker”s blog: It was pretty awesome and a very sweet moment.

The evening began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres during a silent auction that featured a variety of luxury items and a collection of many unique pieces donated by the community. Dinner and a heartwarming program followed, and then guests danced the night away with live music from the band Total Eclipse. It was a memorable evening, with black tie fashion in every corner of the room, all for a great cause. See photos of the evening here, again from MC of the evening, Jacquie Walker,