Founded in 1981, the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation (BRF) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to moving Buffalo forward, to help our future generations realize the best opportunities to enjoy a high quality of life in Western New York.

  Buffalo Renaissance Foundation        Winter 2014-2015


DEAR FRIENDS, BENEFACTORS, SUPPORTERS AND FELLOW DIRECTORS, Happy New Year from the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation!

As my first year as President of the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation (BRF) winds down, I can say that the Foundation is thriving and poised to continue to move Buffalo Forward.

We made the largest gift of our 33-year existence, a $50,000 five-year pledge to the John R. Oshei Children's Hospital, a significant event in the Foundation's history.

We held record luncheon and golf events that will benefit Western New York charities in 2015 as a result of the tireless efforts by both committees. The Foundation focused on four core areas during 2014: education, cultural art and tourism, veterans, and outreach. We continue striving to provide those organizations in need with funding to complete vital projects. We announced after our spring retreat that in 2015 we will launch our first-ever "community-based project."

I'd like to take this time to thank all of our sponsors who supported our events in 2014, and ensure you that every dollar raised is re-circulated back into our Western New York community.



BRF Holds 32nd Annual Golf Tournament

In September, the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation (BRF) held its 32nd annual Golf Tournament at beautiful Niagara Falls Country Club. The event was held on a Thursday afternoon with 120 golfers on the course that is home to the major amateur event, the Porter Cup.

Chairmen Art Wingerter and Tom Quatroche reported at the October Board meeting that the event raised record revenues and will help benefit next year's grant appropriations by a significant amount. Thanks to our volunteers from Univera who once again manned our registration table and did a terrific job!

From left to right:
Jerry Fial, Bob Clerici, and Raman Luthra

Thank you to our sponsors:
Tournament Sponsors: The Buffalo Bills
Cart Sponsor: New Era Cap
Flag Sponsors: Warm and Fuzzy Home Heating and Cooling/Allied Mechanical
Lunch Sponsor: Great Lakes Health–ECMC and Kaleida Health
Dinner Sponsor: McGuire Development Company

Congratulations to the winners Jerry Fial, Bob Clerici, Raman Luthra, and Barry Heneghan.

We are busy planning next year's tournament. News of the site and date will be forthcoming in the spring newsletter.


Seventh Annual Veterans Luncheon Honors Four Students

On Friday, November 8, the BRF held its seventh annual Veterans Luncheon in the Fireplace Room of The Buffalo Club. The luncheon provides proceeds to be used for college scholarships for returning veterans. The 2014 scholarship recipient was Mr. Ian Millermohn, a student at D'Youville College.

The 2013 honoree, Mr. Ian Drullard, a student at D'Youville, also received scholarship funds at the luncheon. Mr. Drullard, a Navy SEAL participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, plans to remain in the Buffalo area to raise his family.

Ms. Morgan Woodson, a student at Medaille College and the 2012 recipient, and Mr. Frank Grillo, a Daemon College student and the 2011 recipient, were also recognized for their continued studies and both received their annual scholarship funds from the BRF.

The luncheon keynote speaker was Lieutenant Commander Patrick Griffin.

Once again, directors Moe Naylon and Gary Stott and Executive Director Scott McManigle put together a quality event that will benefit future veterans' scholarship recipients.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Ian Millermohn, Ian Drullard, Moe Naylon, Morgan Woodson, Frank Grillo, and Gary Stott




Sculptural Art Initiative Dedicates Its Second Piece of Spirit Series

The Spirit of Transportation, designed by Buffalo artist Sarah Fonzi

The second new sculpture, entitled The Spirit of Transportation, was dedicated on August 20 outside 149 Swan St. near The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum. Designed by Buffalo artist Sarah Fonzi, the sculpture is made of stainless steel and stands 16 feet above grade. The artwork recognizes the role bicycle manufacturers played in the onset of the American automobile industry.


2014 Holiday Outreach at St. Luke's

The BRF directors visited St. Luke's Mission of Mercy on Saturday December 20 to perform community service work. The directors and their children cleaned, decorated, and put together treat bags for less fortunate children during the morning at the Mission. If you would like to donate to this year's Outreach project, please see our donations page at the BRF website. Many thanks to co-chairs Michael Modrynski and James Jerge for organizing this year's outreach program.

BRF directors and families volunteered at St. Luke's Mission of Mercy as part of our Outreach project.







BRF Grant Presentation Recognizes
Nine Recipients

The BRF recently announced its nine recipients of this year's annual grant monies. This year's recipients included Music is Art, Junior Achievement of Western New York, Inc., The Bristol Home, Diocese of Buffalo STREAM program, Autism Services, Inc., The Episcopal Diocese Eaton Summer Reading Camp and Be-A-Friend Program (Big Brother/Big Sister) and the BRF Downtown Buffalo Art Initiative.

Many thanks to Appropriation Committee co-chair Michael Montante in leading our grant efforts for 2014.

Class of 2015 Directors Announced

The Board of Directors approved the Class of 2015, its 20th class of directors.

Our newest directors include Donald Boswell, President, Western New York Broadcasting Association (WNED).; Ronald Raccuia, President of ADPRO Sports; and David Schutte, President, Schutte Hospitality Group.

The Board of the BRF is looking forward to working with these three fine gentlemen as we move Forward in 2015. Thanks to nominating chair Hugh Russ for vetting this year's candidates and the outstanding selection of our three newest directors.

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Buffalo Renaissance
Foundation 2015
Board of Directors

James F. Dentinger
Foundation President

Donald Boswell
Donald V. Brown, Jr.
Frank L. Ciminelli II
John K. S. Cleary
William S. Cleary
Robert J. Clerici
Thomas J. Comer, Jr.
James F. Dentinger
Matthew K. Enstice
Andrew L. Fors
John Gavigan
Timothy J. Geiger
Richard N. Gilbert, MD
Scott T. Hoffman
James E. Iglewski
Jimmy F. Jerge, Jr.
Charles G. Jones, Jr.
Anthony G. Jordan
Eugene G. Kershner
David Kimelberg
Peter S. Marlette
Tod D. Martin
Michael P. Modrzynski
Michael J. Montante
Maurice L. Naylon III
Benjamin N. Obletz
David R. Pfalzgraf, Jr.
John A. Polvino
Bruce G. Popko, Jr.
Thomas J. Quatroche, Jr.
Thomas S. Quealy
Ronald Raccuia
Christopher D. Ross
Hugh M. Russ III
C. Jacob Schneider
David Schutte
James S. Segarra
John F. Somers
Nicholas B. Tzetzo
Paul V. Vukelic
Arthur Wingerter
Daniel J. Zimmer

Executive Director
Scott McManigle