2018: John and Lisa Samar
John Samar is Vice President of WNY Operations for the John W. Danforth Company, one of the largest mechanical contractors in the Northeast. Significant recent projects completed under his leadership include the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Riverbend Industrial Facility for Tesla / Panasonic (Gigafactory 2).
John and Lisa own Daisy’s Doghouse, a boutique pet supply store located at 1448 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo. Prior to Daisy’s Doghouse opening in May 2015, Lisa spent 25 years as Vice President and Art Director for Great Arrow Graphics, a locally-made greeting card company. She is a nationally recognized and award winning greeting card artist / manufacturer.
Both of their children attended City Honors and were very active in the CHS community as students. Lauren '12 graduated from RIT (Class of 2017) with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA where she works for Elsevier, a biomedical software company. Thomas '13 graduated from Binghamton University (Class of 2017) with a BA in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He now resides in New York City working at Northwestern Mutual as Field Director.
While their children attended CHS, John and Lisa were extremely active in the CHS community:
- John served on the Foundation Board from 2009 – 2013.
- Lisa started and ran Spaghetti Dinner Fundraisers for the baseball team from 2009-2013.
- Lisa volunteered and served on the Party in the Hall committee from 2010-2013.
- John served on Pull-up a Chair committee starting his first year on the board and continued until the project that furnished our Library and obtained Roycroft made refuse receptacles for use throughout the school was finished in 2010.
- Both worked on many misc CHS activities and groups in full support of CHS community.
2017: Mine Doslouglu and David Cohen
2016: John Dunn
2015: Kitty and Michael Pilarz
2014: Ellen and Gene Warner
2013: Les Hoffman
2012: Cynthia Silverstein
2011: Sandy Heaney
2010: Andrea Szalanski
2009: Peter Cammarata
2008: Kathy Corff Rogers
2007: Sue Zuchlewski
2006: Prish Moran
2005: Sandy Cammarata
2004: Ralph Proulx
2003: Peter Brevorka