As we move into the fourth decade of the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, we are coming off one of the most successful years in our history. Due to the generosity of our many benefactors, a hard-driving Director group, and a passion to move our community forward, we head into our 31st year stronger than ever.
We have an exciting 2012 planned, including our Spring Luncheon return to the Statler City Golden Ballroom last May where we honored First Niagara President and CEO John Koelmel. We will also hold the 30th anniversary of our Golf tournament on September 13th, the second oldest running tournament in the Western New York.
We have started the ball rolling on our second Sculptural Art Initiative, which will be announced later in the year as details are fine tuned. Our 5th annual Veterans Luncheon, an event that continues to grow and support our local Veteran Community will be held once again in November.
We continue to support local charities through our annual grant program and revised our guidelines and applications process to make it seamless for our potential benefactors to navigate. In 2011, through all of our programs we gave out a record amount of charitable dollars for our foundation.
Not many not-for-profit agencies can say that every dollar raised in our fund-raising events goes 100% to charity or 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.