Annual Halfway Gala raises money for Harvest House of WNY


Class of 2020 Officers: President: Marissa Guszkowski, Vice-President: Gregory Statt, Treasurer: Jessica Swiderek, Course Coordinator: Matthew Poremba

By Kara Sweet

Published February 22, 2018

The UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Halfway Gala was held on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in downtown Buffalo.

This annual event raises money for a charity chosen by the second-year class. This year, the class chose Harvest House of WNY to receive the nearly $1,000 raised. “We picked this charity because they help people with many aspects of their life, including medical care, and do not discriminate against anyone,” said Marissa Guszkowski, Class of 2020 president.  

Over 200 people attended the event. The theme for the night was “Winter Magic,” complete with an inflatable igloo photo booth. Students also shared photos from the event on Instagram as part of the Best Instagram Photo Contest, which was won by Serena Parker, '20.

The class would like to extend its thanks to the many local businesses that donated items for raffles:

  • Buffalo Bills
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Lockhouse Distillery
  • Painting with a Twist
  • Helium Comedy Club
  • Holiday Valley
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • Evolation Yoga
  • Coles Restaurant
  • Anderson's

For over 130 years, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has continually been a leader in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, renowned for innovation in clinical practice and research. The school is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and is the No. 1 ranked school of pharmacy in New York State and No. 22 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.