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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 2012
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VOLUME 1 - ISSUE 3

 

DEAR FRIENDS, BENEFACTORS, SUPPORTERS AND FELLOW DRIECTORS, As we wind down the second half of my first year as President of the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation (BRF), I couldn’t be more proud of the way our directors have responded over the past 12 months.

We held record luncheon and golf events that will benefit Western New York charities in the coming year based on the positive outcomes of these signature events. We continue to provide those organizations in need with funding to complete vital projects. Our focus on educational programs, specifically mentoring, shined through in our 2012 grant appropriations process and is evidenced by our 2012 luncheon beneficiary, the Mentoring Matters Program run by First Niagara. We continue to strive to move Buffalo Forward and I'd like to take this time to thank all of our sponsors who supported our events in 2012, and ensure you that every dollar raised will end up back in our Western New York community.


EUGENE G. KERSHNER PRESIDENT

 

President, 
GENE KeRSHNER



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120 GOLFERS JOINED US AT NIAGARA FALLS COUNTRY CLUB FOR THE 30TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT.

BRF Holds 30th Annual Golf Tournament

In September, the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation (BRF) held our 30th annual Golf Tournament at beautiful Niagara Falls Country Club. The event was held for the first time on a Thursday afternoon and the weather cooperated for the 120 golfers that were challenged by the home track of the Porter Cup.

Chairman John Cleary reported at the October Board meeting that the event raised a record $65,000 in revenues and will help benefit next year's Grant Appropriations by a significant amount. The winning foursomes were groups sponsored by The Martin Group (Tod Martin, Chris Koch, Howard Zubin and Dean Haynesworth) and First Niagara (Peter Leonard, Jason Houseman, Brendan Rich and Chris Walker).

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Tournament Sponsor: First Niagara
  • Cart Sponsor: New Era Cap
  • Flag Sponsors: Allied Mechanical, Dunn Tire
  • Lunch Sponsor: Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP
  • Dinner Sponsor: Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP

Next year's tournament will return to Niagara Falls CC on Thursday, September 12, 2013, so mark your calendars.


THE BRF SUPPORTS BUFFALO MILITARY FAMILY DAY
Spurred on by several directors, a donation was made to the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) in September to support the Buffalo Military Family Day. The day is held to educate military families on available resources and at the same time to show appreciation for their sacrifice. The Buffalo NOSC is composed of 16 Active Duty Staff and 185 Reservists. This event provided post-deployment resource counseling to families and those service members who returned from a 10-month deployment. The support assisted the sailors and their families gain critical knowledge that is necessary for re-integration into their communities.

BRF Directors Hit the Airwaves

In October, two of our esteemed past presidents, C. Jacob Schneider and David R. Pfalzgraf, Jr. were the featured guests on the Rusk Report, a weekly radio broadcast that reaches over 250,000 listeners. Our directors outlined the history of the BRF in addition to our upcoming events, namely the fifth annual Veterans Luncheon. Listen here for a rebroadcast of the show.

Buffalo Renaissance Foundation 2012
Board of Directors
Anthony P. Amigone
Donald V. Brown
Frank L. Ciminelli II
John K.S. Cleary
William S. Cleary
Thomas J. Comer, Jr.
Peter G. Demakos
James F. Dentinger
Matthew K. Enstice
Andrew L. Fors
John T. Gavigan
Timothy J. Geiger
Richard N. Gilbert, MD
William Gurney
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
Michael J. Montante
Maurice L. Naylon III
Benjamin N. Obletz
David R. Pfalzgraf, Jr.
John A. Polvino
Thomas Quatroche, Jr. PhD
Thomas S. Quealy
Christopher D. Ross
Hugh M. Russ III
C. Jacob Schneider
James S. Segarra, CPA
John F. Somers
Thomas J. Vanner
Paul V. Vukelic
Arthur G. Wingerter
Walter J. Zurowski

Executive Director
Scott McManigle

In this photo,THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2012 BRF GRANT PRESENTATION.

BRF GRANT PRESENTATION RECOGNIZES EIGHT RECIPIENTS
The BRF held its annual Grant Presentation on November 7 at the Crystal Ballroom in the Hotel Lafayette where eight recipients received this year’s annual grant monies. This year’s recipients included Big Brother Big Sister of Erie County, Nativity Miguel School, Epilepsy Foundation of WNY, Shakespeare in the Park, Meszaros International Center of Entrepreneurship, Homespace, SABAH and the Buffalo Downtown Art Initiative. Kudos to Appropriations Co-Chairs Michael Montante and John Polvino, in leading our grant efforts for 2012.

In addition, we awarded funds to our 2012 Spring Luncheon beneficiary to First Niagara’s Mentoring Matters Program, a program that provides monetary and employee volunteer support to organized mentoring initiatives. The program reinforces the importance of mentoring and the positive impact that it has on today’s young adults.


TED BLACK, SABRES PRESIDENT


SPEAKER FORUM FEATURES SABRES PRESIDENT

Ted Black, President of the Buffalo Sabres was our 2012 Keynote Speaker in conjunction with our annual grant presentation. Mr. Black's presentation included a pictorial rendering of the proposed Webster Block Project and a discussion on the various aspects the project will bring downtown including ice rinks and a hotel across from the Arena. Many thanks to director Dr. Rick Gilbert for lining up Mr. Black to share his valuable time with our group.

Fifth Annual Veterans Lunch Honors Medaille College Student

On Friday November 9, the BRF held its fifth annual Veteran Luncheon in the Fireplace Room of the Buffalo Club. The luncheon provides proceeds to be used for college scholarships for returning veterans. This year's scholarship recipient was Ms. Morgan Woodson, a student at Medaille College, who is a retired Air Force veteran. Ms. Woodson is currently the secretary of the Medaille College Student Veterans of America Chapter and VA work-study program participant. She is also a member of the Erie County Veterans Day Parade committee.

The luncheon keynote speaker was Dutch Van Kirk, the last surviving member and the navigator of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Mr. Van Kirk gave a spirited speech regarding the historic mission and regaled the room with stories of his fellow servicemen that were aboard the Enola Gay. Once again directors Moe Naylon, David Pfalzgraf and Gary Stott put together a quality event that will benefit future veterans scholarship recipients.

DUTCH VAN KIRK, THE LAST SURVIVING MEMBER AND THE NAVIGATOR OF THE ENOLA GAY, DELIVERING THE KEYNOTE SPEACH.
Class of 2013 Directors Announced

In the October board meeting, the Board approved Class of 2013, the 18th class of directors. Our newest directors includes Bruce G. Popko, Senior Vice President – Business Development for the Buffalo Bills and Daniel G. Zimmer, Vice President of Corporate Finance and Development for the Delaware North Companies. The Board of the BRF is looking forward to working with these two fine gentlemen as we move Forward in 2013. Thanks to nominating chair Jim Dentinger for vetting this year's candidates and the outstanding selection of our two newest directors.

 

 

BRF AWARDS SOMERS SCHOLARSHIPS TO THE BISON FUND The BRF Board approved scholarship monies to be awarded to The BISON Fund under the Lewis and Betty Somers Scholarship Fund. This donation will serve to put four students through charter school in 2013/2014, as The BISON Fund is able to match the fourth scholarship. The scholarship was established with memorial donations made to the BRF on behalf of the parents of director John Somers, who tragically passed away in the fall of 2011.

BRF PRESENTS SCHOLARSHIP TO BISON FUND

2012 HOLIDAY OUTREACH SET FOR DECEMBER
The BRF directors will once again focus our efforts on The Response to Love Center on the East Side of Buffalo, where we will put together over 400 care packages for those in need during the holidays in mid-December. If you would like to donate to this year's Outreach project, please see our donations page at the BRF website.

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