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Dr. Renee Taefi Baughman and Lucy and Dominick Muto have been named co-chairs of the 2014 Premier, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s annual black-tie dinner and entertainment gala, to be held Jan. 18 at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel. Proceeds will benefit the hospital’s Cardiac/Stroke Care Center Campaign.

Baughman, a physician with Women’s Medicine of Niagara, is chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Memorial. Lucy Muto is vice president of M&T Bank and branch manager of the Main and Cedar branch in Niagara Falls. Dominick Muto is employed at Sicoli & Massaro and is the owner of Reliable Property Service.

The gala will honor Dr. Sujatha Addagatla, a physician specializing in nephrology who has served Memorial patients since 1997, and Western New York banking executive Nancy Gara, founder of the Premier and a member of the Memorial Medical Center board of directors at the time of her death in May.

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Niagara University student Ethan Froelich was selected from a group of his peers at the 2013 Leader Development and Assessment Course as the ROTC cadet who best represented the Warrior Ethos, a term coined to reflect the embodiment of a soldier.

He received the honor during the Aug. 5 graduation and commissioning ceremony for the 446 members of the 13th ROTC regiment who completed the 29-day leadership program. The ceremony was held at Watkins Field on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Froelich, a senior criminal justice and criminology major at NU from Rome, N.Y., was one of the four cadets honored for individual accomplishments that set them apart from their peers.

The annual leadership course, also known as Operation Warrior Forge, is the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s capstone training event and assesses cadets typically between their junior and senior years of college.

The purpose of the course is to train U.S. Army ROTC cadets to Army standards, to develop their leadership skills and to evaluate their officer potential.

Successful completion of the program is a prerequisite to becoming an Army officer through ROTC.

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Ben Wroblewski, who has worked for more than a year as a field investigator for Alliance Worldwide Investigative Group Inc., has recently been promoted to a business development specialist for the Western New York area.

Wroblewski will identify potential prospects and partners that could benefit from the company’s suite of investigative risk mitigation services. He will continue to provide field investigation services for attorneys and adjustors to combat insurance fraud.

Wroblewski, who lives in Newfane, was previously employed in the security and investigative services industry and has many years of experience working in sales and management.

He received an associate degree in liberal arts from Niagara County Community College.

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