November 1999

Joanne Hudecki

by Stephanie TABER


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JoAnne Hudecki has been serving as the campaign Director of Kids Escaping Drugs since 1988, when it was a newly-established agencies foundation designed to raise money for building treatment facilities for chemically-dependent Western New York adolescents. Since then, the organization has grown along with JoAnne’s dedication to the WNY community.

Taking full advantage of the famous Buffalo weather, JoAnne served on the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce Winterfest Committee. She also chaired the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Festival of Trees event for two years. A board member of Alcohol & Drug Dependency Services, Inc., JoAnne volunteered extensively before coming to Kids Escaping Drugs.

In 1993 JoAnne received the Director’s Community Leadership Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Buffalo Field Office’s Citizen Academy. Other recognition includes the Friend of Children Award from Gateway Youth and Family Services in 1993 and the 1996 City of Buffalo Common Council Hero Award.

JoAnne’s diligent work with the All-America City Council helped Buffalo earn that designation. Her service with the Civic Empowerment League earned recognition as well.

JoAnne’s biggest supporters are her husband Greg and sons James, 28, and Peter, 24.


Stephanie Taber is a freelance writer


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