Mercy Flight Gala – Save the date, make a difference, save a life

March 11, 2018

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Anybody who knows me, knows how eternally grateful I am to Mercy Flight and their staff.

They saved my daughter’s life. My Maria would not be with us right now if it wasn’t for those amazing folks – the flight nurse, the pilot and the flight medic who took such amazing care of her. They are my heroes. Today. Tomorrow. And always.

So, when asked to be on the committee for the Mercy Flight Gala – their only major fundraiser this year – I could not say no. In fact, I was so excited to say yes and I can’t wait to help! And here’s the thing – it is going to be AMAZING.

For the first time ever, the gala will be held inside their hangar. Talk about an amazing space, and an incredible opportunity to see the guts of the place that saves lives.  It is a wonderful opportunity. Now, we can’t release too many details just yet – but, I can tell you – the view is priceless.


This is the view you will see. Amazing. Airplanes will be coming and going during the evening, too!


Please – if you want an amazing night of fun, with a gorgeous backdrop, and you want to help save lives – think about coming to the event. There are only 300 tickets and they’ll go FAST, so don’t think too long. So save the date – Saturday, September 29, 2018. I will see you there!



Also, if you have a small business, maybe a salon or store or restaurant (or any other business) – and you’d like to donate a gift certificate or some products for a raffle or whatnot, I will update this post and include any business that makes a donation of $25 or more. And if you make a donation that is worth $150 or more, I will write up a story on your business!!!  🙂



Do you know someone who was saved by Mercy Flight? I’d love to feature them in a future article!


Mercy Flight Western New York is an independent, not-for-profit provider of emergency and non-emergency air and ground medical transport and supporting services; ensuring rapid, safe and cost effective delivery of expert response teams.  Established in 1981, we have safely completed more than 26,000 patient missions over the last 36 years.  We provide around the clock care servicing all of Western New York, Northwestern Pennsylvania, Canada and beyond.


More of Maria’s story

It was everything we’d hoped for. And more.



About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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