Empower to honor five at annual luncheon

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y., Oct. 15, 2019 – Empower, a not-for-profit organization that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will hold its fourth annual Living the Values Awards Luncheon at noon on Friday, October 25 at Four Points by Sheraton, 7001 Buffalo Ave.  Tickets are $35, and may be reserved at (716) 297-0798, x120, or kdaloise@empower-wny.org.

Awardees include:

Jackie McGrath will receive the People Power Award because of her positive personal growth and contributions to Empower programs and the Niagara community.


Niagara Wheatfield Central School District School Counselor Lisa Lindamer will receive the Dr. Salvatore M. Passanese Leadership Award because of her work with the Steps to Work Program, where transitioning students learn work readiness skills.


Univera Healthcare will receive the Faithful Funder Award for its consistent financial support of Empower and its programs.


Leadership Niagara will receive the Priceless Partner Award in recognition of its acceptance and support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Suburban Adult General Enterprises (SAGE) will receive the Exceptional Employer Award because of its track record in employing people supported by Empower.


Each year, Empower helps 1,000 people with and without disabilities through a variety of programs and services. With 300 employees and a $14 million budget, Empower is one of Western New York’s 60 largest nonprofit organizations. The administrative offices, preschool and community clinic are located on Lockport Road in the Town of Niagara. The job training and day programs division is based in the Town of Niagara and in the Town of Wheatfield, while residential facilities are located throughout Niagara County. Licensed by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and the New York State Education Department, Empower is an affiliate of the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State.  Empower earned a three-year quality assurances accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership in 2018.