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 2016-2017


DEAR FRIENDS, BENEFACTORS, SUPPORTERS AND FELLOW DIRECTORS, As we head into 2017, the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation continues to lead by example with its continuing structural art series, its commitment to the new Oshei Women and Children’s Hospital and our newest endeavor, spearheading the USS Little Rock commissioning ceremony planned for Canalside on the Buffalo Harbor in the fall of 2017!

We continue to strive to make a difference in Buffalo and our projects have touched many within the cultural, educational and charitable organizations in our fine city. As the city of Buffalo undergoes its renaissance, we’ve been right there helping to channel positive thought and positive dialogue during this period of change.

I hope you enjoy this update on the various work that this fine group has collaborated on during the past year.

Very truly yours,



2017 Looking to Be a Big Year for the BRF

For 36 years the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation and its directors have been driven by a passion to move our community forward.

We have an exciting 2017 already underway. Our Spring Luncheon in May held in the gorgeous Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall will recognize the philanthropy of Mr. Russell Salvatore, honoring him as our Man of the Year. The luncheon's keynote speaker will be Mr. David O. Egner, President and CEO of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, a $1.2 billion foundation with funding focused in Southeast Michigan and Western New York.

BRF Provides Seed Money to USS Little Rock Commissioning Committee to Kickstart Event

In 2015, the United States Navy made the decision to host the commissioning of the USS Little Rock in Buffalo, New York. For the first time in the Navy’s 241 year history, a ship was to be commissioned directly by its namesake, the original USS Little Rock.

When a community is honored to serve as the site for a commissioning, a great deal of work goes into hosting this major endeavor. Monies need to be raised to underwrite the cost of the eight day celebration. Additional funds are used to provide STEM scholarships for Buffalo students. In the case of Buffalo, other funds may be used in support of the decommissioned Little Rock which serves as the centerpiece for our Naval and Military Park.

When Moe Naylon was asked to chair this momentous event, he knew right away that his first call would be to the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, Inc. With its long tradition of striving to build a better Buffalo and all of its efforts on behalf of our military, Moe knew that BRF would be there to offer guidance and to help launch the project. His surmise was right on the money. Not only have several of BRF’s directors agreed to take an active role in the commissioning event, the foundation also provided the first $50,000 of seed capital for the commissioning!

When they write the history on the commissioning of the USS Little Rock, it will be well noted that Buffalo Renaissance Foundation was at the vanguard for this historical and national event!

The commissioning ceremony of the USS Little Rock will be held in Buffalo




Buffalo Sculptural Art Initiative – Spirit of Buffalo Series

Dedication of the Theodore Roosevelt statue, the third piece in our Sculptural Art Initiative

Our third piece of the Sculptural Art Initiative series, the “Spirit of Buffalo,” was completed in October 2015 with the dedication of a life-sized statue of Theodore Roosevelt placed at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site on Delaware Avenue. The "Spirit of Leadership" piece was the third of a five-part series, which includes art on the Buffalo Medical Campus (“Spirit of Life”) and on Swan Street (“Spirit of Transportation”). We are excited that our fourth sculpture should be announced sometime later in 2017.


Annual Veterans Luncheon

Our ninth annual Veterans Luncheon, an event that continues to grow and support our local Veteran community, was held at The Buffalo Club in November and honored our 2016 scholarship recipients, Anthony Samuel Newkirk and Nicholas F. Pilozzi.

Well over 100 people were educated on our local VA Hospital by Brian G. Stiller, Medical Center Director of the VA Western New York Healthcare System.

The purpose of the annual luncheon during Veterans' Day week is to recognize Veterans, both in Active Duty and Reservists, that help to protect our country. In addition to honoring Veterans and those currently serving in the Military, the luncheon is held to raise the needed funds to provide scholarships to those who have served our country and are attending college.

The 2016 scholarship recipients were Anthony Samuel Newkirk (Erie Community College) and Nicholas F. Pilozzi (Daemen College).

Many thanks to our director co-chairs Maurice L. Naylon and Gary M. Stott for their leadership with respect to the event that serves as a gateway to the holidays every year.

BRF directors Maurice L. Naylon and Gary M. Stott with 2016 scholarship recipients Anthony Samuel Newkirk and Nicholas F. Pilozzi






BRF Outreach Program

During 2016, The Miracle League was the benefactor of the Buffalo Renaissance Foudnation's Outreach Program. A group of BRF directors attended Buffalo Renaissance Foundation day at Miracle Field in Grand Island to work with children with mental and physical challenges providing them an opportunity to play baseball on a specially designed field. The turf can accommodate wheelchairs, crutches and walkers.

Buffalo Renaissance Foundation day at Miracle Field




Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Scholarship

In 2007, proceeds from that year’s spring luncheon were used for the commencement of the Renaissance Fellowship Grant to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. During 2016, we are proud to announce that several interns utilized the grant funds at the Atlas Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


UB Athletics Scholarship

This year’s recipient of the BRF-endowed UB Athletics scholarship, created from proceeds from the BRF’s first luncheon in 1991, is Cassie Oursler (Women’s Basketball). Cassie, a Psychology major, is a junior from Grand Island and plays center. She has started all 21 games this season and is averaging 8.6 ppg and 4.6 rebounds



Fall Golf Tourney at Crag Burn

The annual Fall Classic returned to the Crag Burn Club, where our inaugural golf tournament was held in East Aurora in 1982. Co-chairs Ronald Raccuia and Bob Clerici chaperoned an awesome day of camaraderie at one of Western New York’s finest golf venues.

Kudos to our event sponsors:
Tournament Sponsors – ADPRO Sports
Cart Sponsor – New Era Cap Company
Dinner Sponsor – Uniland Development Company
Flag Sponsors – Hoffman Hanafin & Associates, LLC,
New Wave Energy and Wells Fargo Advisors
Putting Contest Sponsor – LPCiminelli

The 2017 Tournament will again be held at Crag Burn on Thursday, August 31.

We continue to develop ideas for a Signature Project, a project that will be announced sometime in the near future, funded through our two major annual fund-raising events.

Not many not-for-profit agencies can say that every dollar raised in their fund-raising events goes to charity or is put into an 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. Our 2016 financial statements and Form 990 can be found at our website here.

Thank you for your support in the past and into the future. Hopefully you find our work inspirational, interesting and fun, as well as something you will continue to be a part of. Together, we can continue to move Buffalo, forward.

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




Buffalo Renaissance
Foundation 2017
Board of Directors

Michael J. Montante
Foundation President

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

Executive Director
Scott McManigle


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