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Tickets Available for LINKS Banquet & Auction Featuring Sabres President Ted Black

WCA Hospital
Theodore "Ted" Black, President of the Buffalo Sabres

Jamestown, New York (Wednesday, July 20, 2011—Representatives from lead sponsor Truck-Lite and major sponsors Cummins, United Refining and Alstar, and associate sponsors The Bilicki Law Firm, Veracity Benefits, and Jamestown Savings Bank: a division of Northwest Savings Bank, have announced that Theodore “Ted” Black, the new President of the Buffalo Sabres, will serve as the Keynote Speaker during the “LINKing Together” Banquet & Auction at Moon Brook Country Club on Monday, August 1st.

In 2011, LINKS Charity is celebrating its 20th anniversary as it remains steadfast in its commitment to enhance local cancer care at WCA Hospital. LINKS Charity is in its third year of a three-year, $250,000 pledge toward the purchase of field Digital Mammography for the WCA Center for Imaging & Medical Arts. In 2009 and 2010, LINKS Charity has raised a total of just over $160,000, leaving a goal of $90,000 to be raised in 2011.

The “LINKing Together” Banquet & Auction will begin at 6:00 p.m. with registration, a cash bar, and opportunities to bid on a wide array of Silent Auction items. The program will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and food stations will open at 6:45 p.m. In addition to hearing from Ted Black, new this year will be the addition of a Live Auction. Seating is available by calling Barbara Brown at (800) 851-2812. A portion of each banquet ticket is a tax-deductible gift to support LINKS Charity.

Ted Black – President, Buffalo Sabres

Over the last decade, Ted Black has compiled a track record of success and experience that few sports executives can match. Ted is an accomplished leader who contributed to and presided over unprecedented growth with both the Pittsburgh Penguins and FSN Pittsburgh. He enjoys close relationships with top executives, corporate sponsors, professional sports teams, television networks, and the NHL.

In late 2010, Terry Pegula enlisted Ted to undertake the task of assembling and leading the group of professionals to advise Mr. Pegula on the acquisition of the Buffalo Sabres. Ted’s responsibilities included guiding the transaction negotiations, due diligence, and NHL approval process.

Previously, Ted served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of FSN Pittsburgh, a regional sports television network that produced and telecast more than 220 live pro events and 1500 hours of programming per year. Under Ted’s executive leadership, FSN Pittsburgh grew advertising revenues every year and telecast a record number of live pro events. The station also generated record revenues, record earnings, record ratings, and was widely recognized as the top-rated US-based Regional Sports Network in the National Hockey League.

Prior to his tenure at FSN, Ted was a member of Mario Lemieux’s senior management team and served as Vice President of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1999 to 2008. Ted was a member of the core group of executives that helped Lemieux execute one of the most successful franchise transformations in the history of professional sports. Ted was intimately involved in all senior executive-level decisions and strategic planning concerning the marketing, branding, sales and overall business operations and management of the team. In addition to being a key strategist during the Penguins’ efforts to get a new arena, Ted served as the day-to-day project leader for the new arena during the pre-construction phase of the project. He also interviewed and helped to recruit Ray Shero to become the club’s General Manager. Ted was active with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and served as the team’s Alternate Governor to the AHL.

In 2005, Ted was honored and recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine as a “Forty Under Forty” community leader.
Ted served as Chairman of the American Heart Association’s 2011 Buffalo Niagara Heart Walk, and was Honorary Chairman of the 19th Annual Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Niagara County Charity Golf Tournament.

Ted is a 1987 graduate of Allegheny College and he received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1990. Ted now lives in Buffalo with his wife, Amy, and their two hockey-playing sons, Andrew (19) and Nathan (16).

Today, Ted oversees all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the franchise, with specific focus on making the Buffalo Sabres the premier destination for NHL players and the Sabres’ current and future employees. In addition, Ted provides strategic and creative leadership in areas including corporate partnerships, advertising, NHL relations, team marketing, Sabres’ television broadcasts, fan relations, and ticket sales.

20th Annual LINKS Charity

On August 1st and 2nd, Moon Brook Country Club in Jamestown will once again play host to two days of fun and fundraising. Featuring twenty-five LPGA professional golfers, Monday’s LINKS Charity Pro-Am golf tournament will begin with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. On Tuesday, LINKS Charity will once again feature the traditional four-person golf scramble (shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.), made special by the participation of LPGA golfers who move from team to team throughout the tournament and who conduct a golf clinic beginning at 8:00 a.m.

There are still opportunities for businesses and individuals to participate, including event sponsorship, golfing with LPGA professionals, advertising, donating items for the auction, and/or purchasing a very popular “Line the Drive” sign. For more information, please call Barbara Brown at (800) 851-2812 or visit www.linkscharity.com to download a registration/sponsorship form.

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