Vaeth named Kevin Garvey Award winner

Timothy Vaeth is the 2018 recipient of the Kevin Garvey Award.

Timothy Vaeth is this year’s recipient of the Kevin Garvey Award, presented by the Kevin Guest House. He will receive the honor at the 26th Annual Affaire of the Heart on Friday, Nov. 2 at the historic Buffalo Club.

Vaeth, project executive at The Pike Company and a former board member at Kevin Guest House, was instrumental in helping complete construction of the property at 766 Ellicott Street. As chair of the construction expansion project, Vaeth donated more than four years of his expertise for the organization’s first-ever capital campaign.  Opened in August, the Russell J. Salvatore Hospitality House is the fourth building on the campus serving patients and their families on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

With his expertise in real estate development, Vaeth was able to guide the renovation and construction of the building, which includes four family suites with private bathrooms and two approved apartments for bone marrow transplant recipients. The newly opened building includes an elevator making the Kevin Guest House campus handicapped accessible for the first time.

Vaeth received his master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of Canisius College and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.

As America’s first independent healthcare hospitality house, Kevin Guest House was founded in 1972 by the Garvey family from Sharon, Pennsylvania. It was named after Kevin Garvey, their 13 year old son who passed away after his fight with leukemia away from home. This award is given to an individual who has “opened their hearts to our guests” by going over and above to support the organization. It is in honor of Kevin whose family nickname was “Heart.”

The Affaire of the Heart will be from 6:30-10 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Buffalo Club and includes gourmet food and wine pairings with live music from Vincent Bonelli along with a silent and live auction. The VIP experience includes a pre-party lounge featuring a sommelier, wine and hors d’oeuvre pairing, specialty seating in the music lounge and reserved seating for the program and live auction.

Tickets are $100 per person while VIP tickets are $200 per person. Sponsorship packages are available starting at $500. More information on the event specifics can be found online at

This mission of the Kevin Guest House is provide a comfortable and supportive home away from home for patients and families traveling to Buffalo to receive critical or emergency medical care at any of the area healthcare facilities. Since opening our doors in 1972 we have served more than 55,000 guests, averaging 1,200 per year.

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