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2017-11-01 / Business

Sweet Home Distinguished Alumni WALL of Fame

Paul S. Bluestein

In more than 35 years of work, Paul S. Bluestein, D.C., Class of 1972, has treated more than 150,000 chiropractic patients throughout the Buffalo and Western New York area. Currently, his private practice operates in the Sweet Home Central School District, and it is this commitment to community that makes Dr. Bluestein a welcome addition to the Sweet Home Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame.

In addition to directing his own private practice, he has also been a clinical instructor of chiropractic medicine, supervisor of chiropractic interns, and served at a number of area hospitals in areas of pain management and alleviation.

Throughout his years of practice, Bluestein has devoted himself to the improvement of his field through extensive involvement in quality improvement endeavors. He founded Prism Health Networks, which oversaw the chiropractic care of 1,100,000 patients and 1,000 credentialed chiropractors across three states. Today, that effort continues as he works as president of Patient Advantage, LLC, a personal medical research firm that provides timely, thorough, accurate and simplified personal medical information to patients and even acts as an advocate for patients with complex illnesses. Bluestein founded the company in 2003 and it currently works with patients across seven different states.

It is this work and Bluestein’s relationship with his patients that helped him to be named Chiropractor of the Year by the New York State Chiropractic Association, District 17 in 1998.

Bluestein and his wife, Roberta, live in the Sweet Home Central School District, and their children, Adina and Isaac, currently attend our schools.

Lenore Davis Thawley

Lenore Davis Thawley, Class of 1990, was a standout volleyball player for the Panthers. Her excellent play afforded her the opportunity to play at the college level for the University of Georgia.

She lettered in volleyball every year for the Bulldogs, and it was there that she met her husband, Zen. The two were married in 2009. They live in Beaverton, Oregon, and are the proud parents to two sons, River and Ryder.

After graduation from Georgia, she has worked tirelessly to develop and grow two businesses and one very important foundation. Lenore is the lead photographer, proprietor and make-up artist at Zen Todd Photographers, her husband’s photography business. It would be fair to say that she spends the majority of her time in two other ventures: Lightning Cupcakes and the Healing Hunter Foundation.

Zen and Lenore welcomed their first son, Hunter, in 2007. At about 6 months of age, Hunter was diagnosed with AML Leukemia. Little Hunter fought valiantly for the next two and a half years, but shortly after his cancer returned for a fourth time, passed away at the age of 3 on March 8, 2010. Almost immediately thereafter, Lenore and Zen sprang into action to carry on Hunter’s spirit.

Lenore opened Lightning Cupcakes in 2010, and its sole purpose was to raise money for children fighting cancer. The business was named as it was because of Hunter’s love for Lightning McQueen from the Disney Cars movies.

Today, the Healing Hunter Foundation raises thousands of dollars to assist youth and their families as they battle various illnesses at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Annually, the foundation donates several hundred iPads, toys, games and crafts in the 2009. They live in Beaverton, Oregon, and are the proud parents to two sons, River and Ryder.

After graduation from Georgia, she has worked tirelessly to develop and grow two businesses and one very important foundation. Lenore is the lead photographer, proprietor and make-up artist at Zen Todd Photographers, her husband’s photography business. It would be fair to say that she spends the majority of her time in two other ventures: Lightning Cupcakes and the Healing Hunter Foundation.

Zen and Lenore welcomed their first son, Hunter, in 2007. At about 6 months of age, Hunter was diagnosed with AML Leukemia. Little Hunter fought valiantly for the next two and a half years, but shortly after his cancer returned for a fourth time, passed away at the age of 3 on March 8, 2010. Almost immediately thereafter, Lenore and Zen sprang into action to carry on Hunter’s spirit.

Lenore opened Lightning Cupcakes in 2010, and its sole purpose was to raise money for children fighting cancer. The business was named as it was because of Hunter’s love for Lightning McQueen from the Disney Cars movies.

Today, the Healing Hunter Foundation raises thousands of dollars to assist youth and their families as they battle various illnesses at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Annually, the foundation donates several hundred iPads, toys, games and crafts in the hospital’s oncology center.

Tim Fries

The involvement of Tim Fries, Class of 1982, in the game of golf and the people whose lives he has touched is extremely noteworthy.

Fries is currently the head golf professional at Transit Valley Country Club in East Amherst. He has been a member of the Pro Golf Association since 1991, earning a Class A-1 Certification in instruction. He serves on the PGA of America National Board of Directors, the PGA of America National Tournaments Committee and the WNYPGA Board of Directors, where he served a term as president. He was awarded the PGA Assistant Professional Award of the Year in 1998 and 1999, the Player Development Award in 2014 and PGA Merchandiser of the Year in 2012.

Fries has also accomplished many highlights as a player during his professional career. He recently qualified and played in the 77th Senior PGA Championship in 2016 at Harbor Shores Country Club in Michigan. He has won more than 45 WNYPGA events, which helped him land such awards as 2014 WNYPGA Senior Player of the Year and the 1998 WNYPGA Player of the Year.

Golf has allowed Fries to be a part of many charitable, community and military events as well. He has worked with Helping Our Patriots Everywhere as a program instructor since 2013. He was also involved with Folds of Honor Foundation that works with veterans after they return from serving our country. In addition, Tim served as Foundation Chairman of the WNYPGA REACH Program working with area military and youth to support its mission of diversity and inclusion in golf.

Fries currently resides in Kenmore with his wife, Karen, and two children.

Paul Wright III

Paul Wright III, Class of 1983, has always had an incredible ear for music and, during the last 30 years, has left an indelible mark on the industry.

While at Sweet Home, Wright had the typical music education as his peers, but was always many steps ahead of them. This was due, in large part, to his own self-teaching. Toward the end of high school, he composed an award-winning piece for the NAACP Act-So Choir. The selection committee actually created a new award for composition due to his outstanding work.

Wright went on to attend the University at Buffalo and graduated summa cum laude in Music in only three years. Following graduation, he embarked on his professional career and quickly collaborated with another Sweet Home grad to write the theme music for the television show “Martin,” featuring comedian Martin Lawrence.

Following a move to Los Angeles, he composed the musical score for the Eddie Murphy hit movie, “Made in America.” Wright has produced music for other movies, including “Left Behind” and “Union” and the television series “Sister Kate.”

Wright eventually left Los Angeles for Nashville, Tennessee, where he joined Venesen Music Group. He then ventured out on his own to found Harborwood Records and quickly began to cement himself as a leading producer in the gospel music genre.

Paul sold Harborwood Studios and established the faith-based organization 360Musicworx/Zipboxmedia, serving as the CEO both there and at Capitol Christian Universal Music Group.

A multiple Grammy, Dove, and Stellar award winner and nominee, Wright has worked on more than 200 records as a writer, producer and composer.

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