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WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. -- Wilson Farms president and CEO Paul Nanula, and his wife, Karen, will serve as general chairmen of the Western New York and Finger Lakes Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual Light The Night walks.
The evening walks will take place Sept. 28 in Rochester, N.Y., and Oct. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y. All proceeds will be directed toward research of leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and all blood cancers; local patient aid, education, advocacy and community service programs in the Western New York and Finger Lakes region.
"My wife, Karen and I are honored to chair the Light The Night walks in Buffalo and in Rochester for the second year," Nanula said. "At Wilson Farms, it's important for us to play an active role in making our community a better place. We are all touched by leukemia or lymphoma in some way -- whether it's a family member, a friend, one of our associates or a customer -- this tragic disease affects the lives of many, and we are happy to help raise the needed funds to support research into curing blood cancers."
The Nanulas and Wilson Farms play an active role in the community, supporting many organizations throughout New York State. Over the past year, the company has supported the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Check-Out Hunger, Meals on Wheels, Hospice Foundations and last fall, raised funds for Hurricane Katrina relief. Last year, Wilson Farms' customers and associates raised more than $140,000 for the society's Light The Night walk. Overall, since June 2006, Wilson Farms and its generous customers have helped raise more than $500,000 for charitable organizations.
Paul and Karen Nanula live in East Amherst, N.Y., with their two daughters Kerri, 20, a junior at Canisius College, and Nicole, 18, a senior at Clarence High School.
Wilson Farms Inc. currently owns and operates 199 Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Wilson Farms Xpress convenience store and gas station locations across New York State. Since 1969, Wilson Farms stores have evolved to fit the changing needs of customers, and today offer quality farm-fresh produce, convenient meal solutions, freshly-made sandwiches, gourmet coffee and a wide selection of other beverages, and an extensive line of grocery, frozen, and dairy products. The company currently employs more than 2,500 people, and is headquartered in Williamsville, N.Y.