Celebrating Philanthropy Across WNY



 




CORPORATE PARTNER HONOREES:



IMPERIAL PIZZA
nominated by Mercy Hospital of Buffalo Foundation
Imperial Pizza is not only a South Buffalo staple, but has been one of the most generous food donors during our hospital's toughest days. Over the course of 2 months during the pandemic, Imperial has donated 20 sheet pizzas every day for Mercy Hospital staff. That shakes out to 1,300 sheet pizzas, or nearly 40,000 slices!!



WEST HERR AUTO GROUP
nominated by The Summit Center
West Herr Auto Group stepped up in 2020 to issue a matching gift challenge for The Summit Center's Where Learning is Limitless campaign. Throughout December, West Herr will be matching gifts up to $20,000. Donations will benefit the students in the Early Autism Program and at Summit Academy. We are so grateful to West Herr for doubling contributed dollars at a critical time of year!



SZYMKOWIAK & ASSOCIATES
nominated by Kenmore Mercy Foundation
From April 17-July 24, Szymkowiak & Associates provided a weekly lunch drop off of 48 pre-packaged meals from DiBella's to front line caregivers at support staff at Kenmore Mercy. This was very well received and appreciated by our healthcare heroes, who have worked around the clock during this very challenging, unprecedented time.



NATIONAL GRID
nominated by Hauptman Woodward Institute
National Grid has been a leader in our community in numerous ways. Their commitment to providing the highest quality utility service is enhanced by their efforts to invest in impactful programming and projects in our region. Under the leadership of Ken Kujawa and Mary Grace Welch, National Grid has supported Hauptman-Woodward Institute in initiating a pilot energy project at HWI, the first of its kind in New York State. Both they and their colleagues have invested countless hours to investigate and bring this innovative green energy venture to fruition. Without National Grid's support of the effort, the project would not have been possible. HWI thanks Ken, Mary Grace, and National Grid for their partnership.



PHO 54
nominated by Catholic Health
Throughout the toughest days of the pandemic, Pho 54 delivered over 2,800 meals to our Nursing Homes, Home Care and hospital staff, including St. Joseph's Hospital COVID-19 site and Orchard Park Post-Acute site.
These bountiful and delicious meals were made by a small, but mighty team. The staff was so appreciative for this selfless act that helped brighten their day.



HEALTH FOUNDATION FOR WESTERN & CENTRAL NY
nominated by Center for Elder Law & Justice 
Thank you to the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York! Your generous support is keeping Center for Elder Law & Justice's Health Care Advocacy Unit going during this unprecedented time, providing Western New Yorkers with the legal help they need to access benefits, medical resources, and long term care solutions.



ZOLADZ CONSTRUCTION
nominated by Catholic Health
Throughout the toughest days of the pandemic, Zoladz Construction delivered 3,000 meals to Catholic Health's healthcare heroes. Our staff is so appreciative for this selfless act that helped brighten their day.
We are extremely grateful to Zoladz Construction for their continued support of our staff, and proud to honor this team on National Philanthropy Day!



SUNY FREDONIA
nominated by SUNY Fredonia
SUNY Fredonia assembled committees to address and resolve issues that were being faced by our students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fredonia College Foundation stepped forward to create the Student Relief Fund to financially assist students who face unexpected expenses related to the pandemic and to alleviate hardship related to moving to a digital education format. With the loyalty of our campus community and our many loyal alumni and donors, we were able to raise approximately $191,000 to support Fredonia's students.
In addition, our Student Health Center received many donations of food and everyday necessities to assist students during this time. The Faculty Student Association provided meals for students, resident assistants helped to supervise proper PPE use by students, and faculty jumped to a digital platform to communicate and continue to teach our students. Offices were well equipped with hand-sanitizers, masks, and appropriate rules to follow to prevent the spread of the virus.
While many experienced personal hardships during this turbulent time, Fredonia came together to support our students and our mission.



WEGMANS
nominated by Catholic Health
Catholic Health is nominating Wegmans for donating food to our healthcare heroes fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Wegman's generous support provided vital resources to our healthcare heroes at our five foundations - Continuing & Home Care Foundation, Kenmore Mercy Foundation, Mercy Hospital Foundation, Mount St. Mary's Hospital Foundation and Sisters Hospital Foundation - during a time of great uncertainty. During the height of the pandemic, Wegmans provided a weekly bounty of healthy and hydrating products that kept stomachs full and spirits high. We are forever grateful for their generous support and rapid response to a crucial need not only within Catholic Health but for the entire healthcare community of Western New York.



GIVING HEARTS
nominated by The Kevin Guest House
The Kevin Guest House Giving Hearts young professionals group ensured that people traveling to WNY for critical medical care had a safe, comfortable place to stay, even throughout the pandemic. Together they created new socially-distanced and virtual fundraisers, including the Take-Out Bingo Challenge and the Bites & Brews Virtual Meat Raffle, raising $25k to support America's first healthcare hospitality house.

 



WNY FEEDS THE FRONTLINE
nominated by Catholic Health
Catholic Health is nominating Western New York Feeds the Frontline. This nonprofit organization was created by Dan Greene and associates in March as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their two-fold mission offers essential support to frontline healthcare workers by providing them with meals as well as keeping restaurants running as a result. WNY Feeds the Frontline organized and distributed nearly ten thousand meals to our healthcare heroes fighting the COVID-19 pandemic within the five Foundations of Catholic Health - Continuing & Home Care Foundation, Kenmore Mercy Foundation, Mercy Hospital Foundation, Mount St. Mary's Hospital Foundation and Sisters Hospital Foundation. We are forever grateful for their generous support and rapid response to a crucial need not only within Catholic Health but for the entire healthcare community of Western New York.



SCORETHIS!!!
nominated by FeedMore WNY
While FeedMore WNY continues to experience increases in need as it has never seen before, ScoreThis!!! selected the hunger relief organization as the beneficiary of NYSVR434, a virtual race across New York State where participants ran the distance equivalent of Niagara Square in Buffalo to Times Square in NYC (434 miles) between May 15th - September 15th. With an initial goal of raising $10,000 for charity, Score This!!! donated a portion of every registration to FeedMore WNY. The virtual race was an unbelievable success and Score This!! broke another record, donating a total of $76,000 to FeedMore WNY!

 

 


BRICKYARD BARBEQUE & BRICKYARD BREW COMPANY
nominated by Mount St. Mary's Hospital Foundation
Mount St. Mary's Hospital Foundation is honored to nominate Brickyard Barbeque & Brickyard Brew Company for stepping up in large ways to support our small, community hospital. Back in April, Brickyard called the hospital to say they would like to sponsor a day of meals for our nurses and caregivers. While our hospital had received such generosity from local pizzerias, there is something to be said for one of the staple restaurants to provide large portioned, fresh, delicious meals. Then, through the power of social media, Brickyard received a phone call from a woman in California who had seen Facebook posts from one of the nurses at Mount St. Mary's, and was connected to Mount St. Mary's in several personal aspects. This woman took it upon herself to sponsor a day of meals in partnership with Brickyard preparing the meal. She told Brickyard "I will be forever grateful for the care my family members received there and I feel a strong need to give back to the community that helped raise me." This further prompted Brickyard to donate yet another day of meals at their own expense. Those three weeks in April were truly a highlight for our nurses, doctors and caregivers.



RICH PRODUCTS & THE RICH FAMILY FOUNDATION
nominated by FeedMore WNY
Rich Products and the Rich Family Foundation have been incredible partners in the fight against hunger in Western New York. Whether it is through donations of thousands of pounds of food, sponsorships of FeedMore WNY’s virtual events or grant awards to specifically assist FeedMore in our COVID-19 relief efforts, Rich Products and the Rich Family Foundation help us put food on more table.




MILLENNIUM CONSTRUCTION
nominated by Make-A-Wish WNY
Make-A-Wish WNY is proud to recognize Millennium Construction for realizing children fighting critical illnesses need the community's support now as much as ever. Thanks for finding the way to successfully host the 3rd Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Make-A-Wish this September!




FUCCILLO OF GRAND ISLAND
nominated by Kenmore Mercy Foundation &
Mount St. Mary's Hospital Foundation
Kenmore Mercy Foundation & Mount St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation proudly salute Fuccillo of Grand Island for partnering with local restaurants to provide a day of freshly prepared meals for our healthcare heroes. We are forever grateful for their generous support and thank General Manager Ronnie Mansour for pulling together a HUGE celebration.




WITTBURN ENTERPRISES
nominated by Peaceprints of WNY
As a longtime sponsor of numerous Peaceprints events, Wittburn has always been gracious with their corporate support. When 2020 meant that planned events had to be postponed until 2021, Peaceprints worried about effect the loss of event revenue would have on our bottom line. Wittburn CEO Chip Jones responded by not only committing to their original pledge, but by additionally pledging their support in 2021 when the events could resume!
Wittburn has also given graciously of their talents, offering electrical consultation and advice to Peaceprints to help them expand their services and provide safe and affordable housing to individuals returning from incarceration.
We are so thankful for all the outstanding work you have done and continue to do for Peaceprints of WNY!



#BUFFALOSTRONG
nominated by FeedMore WNY
The #BuffaloStrong campaign provided thousands of meals for families in need of extra help since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. FeedMore WNY is so appreciative of the partners who participated in this campaign-WKBW Channel 7, Retro Buffalo, Dash’s Markets and the Erie County Fairgrounds, and the donors across our region who came together to help our neighbors in need. From March 27th to September 1st, the #BuffaloStrong campaign raised over $100,000 for FeedMore WNY!

Erie County Sherriff's Office

Nominated by Peaceprints of WNY

The Erie County Sherriff's Office recognized the 81% recidivism rate in Erie County is 15% higher than the national average, Peaceprints and the EC Sherriff's Office teamed up to combat the rate of reincarceration.  As it closes out its second year of operation, Project Blue, a collaboration between PPWNY and the Sherriff's Office has produced tremendous results.  The 6% recidivism rate of Project Blue participants is a testament to the commitment of the Erie County Sherriff's Office and could not have been achieved without the access and support they provided.





OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL HONOREES:

JIM GAUTHIER
nominated by Center for Elder Law & Justice
During the spring The Center for Elder Law & Justice had to cancel their largest fundraiser, the annual golf tournament. CELJ planned to make up the loss by doing an aggressive spring fundraising campaign, and Jim helped by providing a leadership level challenge gift (unsolicited!)

 


CINDY DEMARTI
nominated by The Summit Center
Cindy DeMarti joined The Summit Center's Foundation Board in June of 2020. Since then, she has already made a generous gift to our capital campaign and to Summit Center's annual Autism Walk. In October she made a tremendous donation to support the Early Autism Program. Cindy is always available if we need something. She has written notes for donors, made thank you calls, and made follow up calls regarding invitations and donation requests.

 


CINDY VANCE
nominated by Center for Elder Law & Justice
We are proud to honor Cynthia Vance, Center for Elder Law & Justice's Board President. She is a long-time leadership level donor to our organization, and has helped to lead us through the last year of uncertainty. Thank you Cindy!

 


EILEEN SCHALBERG
nominated by Sisters Hospital Foundation
Sisters Hospital Foundation is recognizing Eileen Schalberg for her unforeseen estate gift that was received during the height of the pandemic. Eileen is an impactful donor whose unexpected gift will have a lasting effect on Sisters Hospital, both Main Street and St. Joseph's Campus, during a time when many nonprofits are faced with uncertainty. In addition to her generous gift to Sisters Hospital Foundation, she also remembered 42 other organizations in her estate with sizeable charitable gifts. We are forever grateful to Eileen for her generous contributions to her community.

 


ANTHONY DIMINO 
nominated by Mount St. Mary's Hospital Foundation
In mid-March, Mount St. Mary's Hospital Foundation was charged with identifying community partners who could help donate snacks and meals to our nurses and doctors fighting the pandemic. Anthony DiMino, owner of DiMino Tops in Lewiston, was the first call our board chair made to see if he could help out. Within hours, he had his crew onsite at the hospital to deliver bags of snacks, fruit and water, and continued to do so throughout April and May. Once we realized our Foundation's yearly gala event (held each September) would not be able to take place, we created a mini campaign called Care to Give. The DiMino family has been a loyal supporter of Mount St. Mary's for years & had a great vision for them in the Care to Give campaign. We knew we needed a main leader/business owner of the campaign to help inspire other businesses along Center Street in Lewiston. The main idea behind the campaign was asking local businesses to partner with us; businesses could ask customers to round up their purchase for Mount St. Mary's, businesses could offer a percentage of sales back to the hospital for a certain time frame and/or businesses could accept donations on our behalf.  Anthony was instrumental in the brainstorming, planning & execution of this initiative, and promoted it across social media to help get the word out.



 

 TERRI BAIR & SUSANNA SCHENK
nominated by WNY Women's Foundation
Terri Bair and Susanna Schenk, both WNY Women's Foundation Board members, were co-chairs of the WNY Women's Foundation's What She's Made Of benefit in 2020. Due to COVID-19, we transitioned the event to a virtual format. Susanna and Terri were outstanding co-chairs. They rose to the challenge of creating our first-ever virtual event. They were full of innovative ideas to create an exciting and engaging event focused on women's leadership, with a panel of women speaking about their experiences running for elected office and guest spots from elected women leaders. Terri and Susanna were persistent in securing sponsors, e-program ads, speakers, and guests. Thanks to their hard work and boundless energy, the program was entertaining, there was a huge crowd participating virtually, and we raised nearly double our fundraising goal!




TODD POTTER JR. 
nominated by D'Youville College
D'Youville is honored to recognize Todd J. Potter Jr., President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and member of the Board of Trustees, for his calm, steady leadership throughout the past few months. Todd dedicates countless hours to serving D'Youville and ensuring a positive experience for alumni of all generations. Thanks for all you do, Todd! 

 

PAULA JOY REINHOLD
nominated by WNY Women's Foundation
The WNY Women's Foundation is proud to honor WNYWF Board member Paula Joy Reinhold as our AFP WNY  Outstanding Volunteer! Paula's generosity and passion for helping women in our community made sure our MOMs: From Education to Employment program supported single mothers uninterrupted during the pandemic. Thanks, Paula!



JOHN GRANDY
nominated by D'Youville College
John Grandy a big supporter of the PA program and D'Youville College. He graduated from the program in 2004.


 


BOB BURNS
nominated by Mount St. Mary's Hospital Foundation
Mount St. Mary's Hospital is delighted to celebrate Bob Burns and CRB Holdings Corp/Tim Hortons for going above and beyond to support Mount St. Mary's Hospital in several sweet ways during the pandemic. For always being there for Mount St. Mary's, the Niagara community and our Healthcare Heroes, thank you for your generosity and kindness.

 


 
RYAN CASTER
nominated by Peaceprints of WNY
Peaceprints of WNY is pleased to nominate former Board Chair Ryan Caster as an outstanding Board and Committee member. Under Ryan's leadership, Peaceprints successfully navigated a global pandemic while remaining open, continuing service to our clients with minimal interruption, and without laying off staff. He was nimble in guiding the organization through the closures and confusion of COVID while keeping morale high, offering level-headed advice, and governing Peaceprints through month after month of "firsts".
Ryan has been unwavering in his commitment to serving individuals returning from incarceration, and has demonstrated time and again his commitment to strengthening communities by rebuilding lives. He gives generously of his time, resources, and expertise to grow the organization and transform lives and demonstrates an immense understanding of our work and impact.
While we are deeply saddened that as of September Ryan has reached his term limit after 9 years of invaluable service, we remain grateful that he continues to guide Peaceprints and ensure its future success as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. Ryan Caster, we are so thankful for all the outstanding work you have done and continue to do for Peaceprints of WNY!

 


JUDY DOBSON
nominated by D'Youville College
D'Youville would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Judy Dobson, Vice President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Judy has been instrumental in revising our bylaws, overseeing committee work, and recently leading a full audit of our board membership. Thank you for all you do for D'Youville, Judy!

 


JOYCE MARKIEWICZ
nominated by D'Youville College
D'Youville is honored to recognize our outstanding alumna, Joyce Markiewicz, for her dedication to the vision behind the Sister Health Center at D'Youville. Through this strategic partnership with Joyce and her team at Catholic Health, primary-care services will soon be available to residents of Buffalo's west side through the D'Youville Health Professions Hub. Joyce has an unwavering energy and commitment to our community, and D'Youville is incredibly grateful for her leadership as we continue to grow our partnership with Catholic Health.



MARY ELAINE SPITLER 
nominated by D'Youville College
D'Youville is honored to recognize Mary Elaine Spitler '70 for her dedication as the Secretary of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. We are incredibly grateful for Mary Elaine's organization, attention to detail, and leadership as we have shifted to a fully-virtual model this year.