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        Summer 2014


DEAR FRIENDS, BENEFACTORS, SUPPORTERS AND FELLOW DRIECTORS, Since 1981, the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation and its directors have been driven by a passion to move our community forward.

We have an exciting 2014 already underway as evidenced by our successful Spring Luncheon at the historic Kleinhan's Music Hall, where we recognized the medical wonders of UB Neurology's Dr. Nelson (Nick) Hopkins honoring him as our Man of the Year.

We've started the ball rolling on our third Sculptural Art Initiative, which will hopefully debut this fall downtown.

It's hard to believe but this year's annual Veterans Luncheon will be our 7th, an event that continues to grow and support our local Veteran community will be held once again in November and will honor our fourth Scholarship recipient.

Not many not-for-profit agencies can say that every dollar raised in our fund-raising events goes 100% to charity or is put into our endowment for future charitable giving. Our director dues fund 100% of our administrative costs and director expenses, so every dollar raised ends up in the hands of charities or organizations that meet our mission.

Thank you for your support in the past and into the future, hopefully you will find our work inspirational, interesting and fun, as well as something you will continue to be a part of. We have some new initiatives in the works that will focus on the current renaissance going on in Buffalo today. Together, we can continue to move Buffalo, forward.



Outreach Program provides helping hand to
the Miracle League

On Thursday, July 10, the directors of the BRF held a BRF Day at the Miracle League of Western New York. The Miracle League is a baseball diamond that allows physically and mentally challenged persons to play the game of baseball. The field, located on Grand Island, is made of rubber and the playground currently being assembled is handicap-accessible.

The BRF Directors served as volunteers by pushing the participants in wheelchairs around the bases, protect them from batted balls on defense and cooked hot dogs for the group.


BRF Spring Luncheon
Hopkins Honored as 2013 Renaissance Man

Dr. L. Nelson Hopkins, Buffalo Renaissance Foundation's Man of the Year

The 2014 Spring Luncheon was held on May 15, 2014 at the Kleinhan's Music Hall in downtown Buffalo. The Buffalo Renaissance Foundation was proud to recognize Dr. L. Nelson (Nick) Hopkins from University at Buffalo Neurosurgery as our Renaissance Man of the Year. The Man of the Year Award represents annual recognition to the individual that exemplifies outstanding community leadership and service to the Buffalo region, and Dr. Hopkins is a worthy recipient based on his impressive charitable work and medical endeavors in Buffalo.

Dr. Hopkins is active in national neurosurgery and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and of the Executive Committee of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association. He has served as Scientific and Annual Meeting Chairman for both the AANS and Congress of Neurological Surgeons and Chairman of the Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery, and president of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Hopkins has been the principal investigator of several national clinical trials testing catheter- based technologies for the treatment of neurovascular diseases. He is the endovascular principal for the editorial board of NEUROSURGERY, and the author of more than 300 publications centered on the prevention and treatment of stroke.

Dr. Hopkins was presented a crystal award designed and created by Buffalo's own, Victor Trabucco, a tradition that has been maintained since our first luncheon in 1991. Examples of his work are currently on display in The American Glass Museum, The Chicago Art Institute, The Bergstrom Art Center, The Royal Ontario Museum, and The Corning Museum of Glass.

keynote speaker Jody Lomeo, CEO for Great Lakes Health

Jody Lomeo, new CEO for Great Lakes Health, was the BRF's keynote speaker and is one of the area's younger leaders with great vision for Buffalo. He gave those in attendance a glimpse at some of the methods he will continue to employ as he tries to turn things around at Kaleida Health using his collaborative management style.

Lomeo is also an active Buffalonian who continues to provide guidance to a number of community organizations as a volunteer board member, including D'Youville College and the Healthcare Association of New York State. He has received D'Youville College's Achievement in Healthcare Award and the Erie County Medical Society Professional Services Award.

Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Jacobs Institute, ECMC Lifeline Foundation and the Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo.





Sculptural Art Initiative Update

The Buffalo Renaissance Foundation's Sculptural Art Initiative is currently advancing two sculptural art projects in downtown Buffalo as part of the Spirit of Buffalo series. This new public art will join our first installation in the series, The Spirit of Life, which stands on the corner of High and Ellicott in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The first of the two new sculptures, The Spirit of Leadership, will be a life-size bronze statue of President Theodore Roosevelt. The sculpture will be located on the grounds of Erie County's only National Park, The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, located at 641 Delaware Ave. This sculpture is being developed through cooperation with the National Park Service and in collaboration with the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site Foundation. The sculpture is on schedule to be completed by the anniversary of Roosevelt's inauguration on September 14, 2015.

The second new sculpture, entitled The Spirit of Transportation, will be located outside 149 Swan St. near The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum. Designed by Buffalo artist Sarah Fonzi, the sculpture will be made of stainless steel and will stand 16 feet above grade. The artwork will recognize the role bicycle manufacturers played in the onset of the American automobile industry. The Spirit of Transportation will be installed and dedicated this fall.

The Spirit of Transportation, designed by Sarah Fonzi, will be located near The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum.







Annual Golf Tournament

The BRF's 32nd annual golf tournament will be held at Niagara Falls Country Club on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start is slated for 12:30 p.m. We strive for an under 5-hour round and the field is limited to the first 120 players in a best (2 of 4) ball format. Please contact Executive Director, Scott McManigle at for more information on this year's tournament.

Veterans Luncheon

The seventh annual Veterans Luncheon will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014 at The Buffalo Club, please contact Executive Director, Scott McManigle at if you are interested in attending.


The BRF has started a Facebook page to stay in touch with our benefactors, corporate sponsors and friends. Please "like" us on Facebook



Buffalo Renaissance
Foundation 2014
Board of Directors

James F. Dentinger
Foundation President

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
Christopher D. Ross
Hugh M. Russ III
C. Jacob Schneider
James S. Segarra
John F. Somers
Nicholas B. Tzetzo
Paul V. Vukelic
Arthur Wingerter
Daniel J. Zimmer

Executive Director
Scott McManigle