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
Spring 2013


DEAR FRIENDS, BENEFACTORS, SUPPORTERS AND FELLOW DRIECTORS, For 32 years the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation and its directors have been driven by a passion to move our community forward.

We have an exciting 2013 already underway as evidenced by our successful Spring Luncheon at the Statler City Ballroom where we recognized the philanthropy of attorney James M. Wadsworth of Hodgson Russ honoring him as our Man of the Year.

We’ve started the ball rolling on our second Sculptural Art Initiative, which was announced at the Luncheon to be a life-sized statue of Theodore Roosevelt to be placed at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site on Delaware Avenue. 

Our 6th annual Veterans Luncheon, an event that continues to grow and support our local Veteran community will be held once again in November and will honor our third Scholarship recipient.

We continue to support local charities through our annual grant program. Our grant program guidelines and application process make it seamless for our potential benefactors to navigate. During 2012, we gave out another record amount of charitable dollars for our foundation from our grant program and other sources within the BRF.

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. Together, we can continue to move Buffalo, forward.





upcoming events

Annual Golf Tournament

The BRF's 31st annual golf tournament will be held at Niagara Falls Country Club on Thursday, September 12, 2013. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start 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.

Annual Veterans Day Luncheon

The sixth annual Veterans Luncheon will be held on Friday, November 8, 2013 at The Buffalo Club, please contact Executive Director, Scott McManigle at if you are interested in attending.

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Gene Kershner and Jake Schneider lending a hand at the Response to Love Center. Photo credit: Katie Schneider Photography.

This past December we once again provided the Response to Love Center on the east side of Buffalo with our time, talent and treasures. We purchased over 400 bags of paper products to be distributed to those less fortunate on Christmas day.

The BRF Outreach Committee led by Director John Polvino engineered a day of putting together the bags, along with our children and spouses at the Center providing a hands-on lesson of charity and love. We also provided the funding for Christmas Dinner at the facility once again, a tradition adopted by the BRF Outreach Committee.

Thank you to Sister Johnice, who gave her time to present the Invocation at our recent luncheon and for all of the good work she does at the Response to Love Center.

BRF volunteers at the Response to Love Center distributed more than 400 bags of paper products for Christmas day. Photo credit: Katie Schneider Photography.
man of the year

Wadsworth Honored as 2013 Renaissance Man

James M. Wadsworth

The 2013 Spring Luncheon was held on May 9, 2013 at the Statler City Golden Ballroom in downtown Buffalo. The Buffalo Renaissance Foundation was proud to recognize Mr. James M. Wadsworth, Partner with Hodgson Russ 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 Mr. Wadsworth is a worthy recipient based on his impressive charitable work.

Mr. Wadsworth is currently involved in the following organizations: Chairman, Oishei Foundation; trustee, Forest Lawn Cemetary; chairman and trustee, Shaw Festival Foundation; trustee Colby Foundation; trustee Heath Foundation and member of the advisory board for Waste Technology Services.

Mr. Wadsworth 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 Mr. Trabucco's 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.

Doug Marrone

Doug Marrone, new head coach of the Buffalo Bills was the BRF's keynote speaker and gave us a sneak peak at some of the passion he has in store for the Bills in 2013. He gave those in attendance a glimpse at some of the management style he will employ to drive our Bills into playoff contention in the coming year. As a token of our appreciation, a portion of the proceeds from the luncheon will be donated to his charity, A Clear Path for Veterans.

In addition, proceeds of the luncheon will be used as additional seed money to kick start the next downtown Buffalo Sculptural Art Initiative at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

Sculptural Art Initiative

The second piece of public art provided through the BRF Sculptural Art Initiative will be the creation of a life size sculpture of Theodore Roosevelt. The BRF is committed to assist the TR Site and is currently working with the National Park Service to design a sculpture that will be a fitting tribute to the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt and a crowning touch to the great work that has taken place at one of Western New York's best museums.

The first piece was dedicated in November 2011 at the southeast corner of Ellicott and High Streets on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. That piece was the first of a series of five public art pieces to be placed in our community in the coming years.

A rendering created to access the possible location for the TR Site statue. Courtesy of Schneider Design, Architects PC.



Leadership Buffalo Initiative

If you have followed the BRF in recent years you would have noticed our affinity for education and providing the youth in the city of Buffalo the opportunity to thrive through one of our mentoring programs or through donations to education-based charities via our appropriations committee.

In 2013, we are partnering with Leadership Buffalo and have committed monies from our Renaissance Scholars Fund to grant two scholarships for the Youth Leadership Program of Erie County. Students will undergo a monthly curriculum that includes a vast array of topics including diversity, economic development and history and governance. We will have two BRF Directors on the student selection committee and put the "Renaissance touch" on the program for our two scholarship awardees. We look forward to this new and exciting partnership with Leadership Buffalo.

Buffalo Renaissance Foundation 2013
Board of Directors

Eugene G. Kershner
Foundation President

Anthony P. Amigone
Donald V. Brown, Jr.
Frank L. Ciminelli II
John K. S. Cleary
William S. Cleary
Thomas J. Comer, Jr.
James F. Dentinger
Matthew K. Enstice
Andrew L. Fors
John T. Gavigan
Timothy J. Geiger
Richard N. Gilbert, MD
William H. Gurney
Scott T. Hoffman
James E. Iglewski
James F. Jerge, Jr.
Charles G. Jones, Jr.
Anthony G. Jordan
Eugene G. Kershner
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
Paul V. Vukelic
Arthur G. Wingerter
Walter J. Zurowski, Jr.
Daniel J. Zimmer

Executive Director
Scott McManigle

We would like to thank Univera Healthcare for always providing volunteers at our events.