As I assume leadership of the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, I am humbled by the history of the organization that began in 1981 and the vision of a small group of young business leaders to create a foundation with one goal: to help move our community forward.
Over the last 39 years, that group of leaders has grown to number 40 active directors and 35 sustaining directors. I would like to welcome our new members, Michael Dolan, Tim Domino, Dharshan Jayasinghe and Charles Hunt. We all look forward to your energy, enthusiasm and ideas in continuing the work of the foundation.
That work has two primary thrusts. The first is raising funds through our annual luncheon, to be held on April 30th, 2020, our annual golf outing in September, and through donations. The second is appropriating those funds to deserving community organizations and activities that are furthering the renaissance of Western New York. It should be noted that our foundation is unique in that 100% of every dollar raised goes back into our community. I am proud to announce that the foundation granted over $200,000 within our community in 2019. The largest grant led to the completion of the sports facilities of Perkins Park and the Buffalo Renaissance Community Center on Buffalo’s East Side. Perkins Park has new basketball courts, a new playground, a youth football field and a platform hockey rink. The Community Center houses a gymnasium, basketball court, swimming pool, meeting rooms and educational spaces.
I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation. I am grateful to Hugh Russ, our outgoing President, for his leadership and counsel. I am committed, along with my fellow directors, to continue our mission of promoting positive thinking and positive change and to moving our community forward.
Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, Inc.