Four-day event will headquarter at M Hotel on Walden at Galleria Drive October 11-14, 2023

BUFFALO, NY –A party and vendor market in celebration of WNY “healthcare heroes” will be on tap to lead-off the national convention of licensed practical nurses when it brings its chapter members to Buffalo this October.

This will be the first time for this gathering in Western New York of United States members, which will convene on the 75th anniversary of the national chapter’s founding.

“We are so excited to be the host organization that brings together, for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, nurses and healthcare workers from all corners of the US,” says NY State Chapter President Renee Likong, “What’s more, we happen to be doing this on the 75 th anniversary of the founding of our national organization by Lillian Custer, in 1948!”

October 11 th , a Wednesday, will be the kickoff party to the convention where the entire ballroom and access hallways will be filled with exhibits, food sampling, beverage tasting, shopping, apparel, jewelry makers, crafters, and entertainment aimed at the 2 healthcare industry. It will be called “Nurses’ Night – Celebrating ALL our Healthcare Heroes” and will go from 5pm – 9pm.

Continues Likong: “We sponsored this event in Buffalo in 2019 at Shea’s Seneca, so I contacted the people that ran this one and asked if they could re-create their very successful event again to be the start of our convention and they jumped right in! They had put a hold on the event from 2020 till now due to the pandemic but are eager to go all-out for us on October 11 th . It will be even bigger and better this year!”

The four-day convention will be providing continuing education credits, national motivational speaker Tiffiney L. Hall, a guest appearance by Eileen Gunther (who promoted safe staffing ratio for NY) and an excursion to Niagara Falls. LPNs that are interested in attending the conference may register at

Topics for the Thursday-Saturday portion of the convention will include talks on Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Drug Addiction, Opiods, Mental Health, First Aid, Narcan applications, and Domestic Abuse. Other topics will be added, according to Likong.

Tickets for the October 11th “Nurses’ Night – Celebrating All Healthcare Heroes” will be available for $9.50, a link for purchase is up on The event is open to ALL healthcare workers from doctors to nurses to caregivers, first responders, to facilities people and their friends.

A campaign will start soon that will include honoring special healthcare heroes of the past few years that endured through the many hardships of the Covid-19 pandemic. Cumulus Broadcasting, owner of Classic Hits 104.1, 97 Rock, and 103.3 The Edge will be hosting the awards. Sponsor of the WNY Healthcare Hero awards is UnitedHealthcare. More information will follow on the radio station websites.

Anyone wishing to sponsor or be a vendor for the October 11 th “Nurses Night – Celebrating ALL Healthcare Heroes” and/or attend or sponsor the convention at the M Hotel is asked to contact Paul Maurer at, Amy Coddington at or Renee Likong at