Keeping a secret from Linda Flowers is a tough job, but all 15 of us did it. We managed to switch our usual Tuesday Board Meeting to a Friday, thanks to Board President Gerry Pullano, and fine-tune the details without her catching on to our surprise. The Board Meeting went as planned, a few minutes over, as our guests gathered in the adjoining conference room. As the meeting ended, the wall was collapsed and our guests yelled "Surprise!" Tears immediately fell down the cheeks of many in the room and plenty of thanks were given. Linda was presented with remarks from Gerry Pullano, a plaque from Sheriff Timothy Howard, and a proclamation from Senator Gallivan's Office. Lastly, the staff surprised Linda with a mural collage of all of her favorite things, from her animals to homes to WNY United.
We mingled and ate cake and cannot thank our guests enough for helping us surprise Linda. She was beyond thrilled that all who had influenced her career were present to celebrate. We are especially grateful we were able to pull off such a wonderful event.