Featured News - Current News - Archived News - News Categories


31st Annual Taste of Buffalo presented by TOPS names Hackett 2014 Chair

Officers also announced

Thu, Oct 24th 2013 12:00 am

 Buffalo, NY -  Ann Hackett, president of aHa! Designs, has been elected 2014 chair of the 31st annual Taste of Buffalo presented by TOPS. The Taste, the nation's largest two-day food festival, is set for July 12 and 13, 2014, along Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo.

"I am extremely honored to serve as the 2014 Taste chair, and look forward to making Buffalo proud," said Hackett. "I have been enjoying the Taste of Buffalo presented by TOPS for many years with friends and family, and more recently as a board member. With the help of a project coordinator and over 1,000 volunteers, I plan to combine my passion for Buffalo, my experience as a designer, as well as my love for this event to create a weekend that thousands will enjoy."

Hackett is an award-winning graphic designer and president of aHa! Designs. Ann has acquired 14 years of experience in the design industry, including a graphic designer position at Business First, before opening her own design company. As a past member of the Buffalo Junior Chamber of Commerce, she was VP of Communications and Director of PR for the NYS Junior Chamber. Ann is also a former board member and PR co-chair for the Advertising Club of Buffalo. A graduate of Oswego State University, Hackett has earned several honors from the NYS Press Association. Ann resides in Darien Center with her husband and three daughters.

In addition to Hackett, the following were named 2014 officers: First Vice Chair: Laura Jacobs, e3communications; Second Vice Chair: Jen Mitri, Independent Health Foundation; Secretary: Ralph Basile, First Niagara Bank; Treasurer: Luke Baecker, Arcara & Borczynski, LLP Certified Public Accountants; and Past Chair: Joseph Lane, AXA Advisors.

The Taste of Buffalo presented by TOPS is the nation's largest two-day food festival, attracting more than 450,000 people to downtown Buffalo. The 31st annual Taste is July 12 and 13, 2014, along Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo. The Taste is a not-for-profit organization with more than 1,000 volunteers helping to put on the annual event. More than $250,000 has been raised at the festival for local charities including Compass House, Hospice, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Meals on Wheels of Western New York and National Kidney Foundation. In addition, five $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to local high school seniors pursuing a culinary or hospitality-related degree. For more information, visit www.tasteofbuffalo.com.