Membership Renewal Time!

2019  WFD Membership Renewal
If you have already renewed your membership – thank you!

Working For Downtown is celebrating its 40 year anniversary this year! Join us as we continue to support the revitalization of the greater Downtown Buffalo area by renewing your membership today!

The prices remain the same:
Contributing – $40
Student/Senior Citizen – $20
Special Friend – $75
Patron – $150

Renew online using the link below or renew by check to WFD, PO Box 173, Buffalo, NY 14205-0173

Funds go towards the development of engaging programs and events held throughout the year. This is an exciting time for Downtown Buffalo.
Continue to be a part of it by renewing your membership today!

Renewal Deadline February 21, 2019

Renewal Online: http://www.workingfordowntown.org/quick-renewal-form/

2019 Midwinter Celebration

2019 Midwinter Celebration (formerly Post-Holiday Social)

Join Working For Downtown on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the new Aloft Hotel at 500 Pearl street for our Midwinter Celebration. This new mixed use development is on the corner of Pearl and W. Tupper with the parking ramp entrance on Franklin street.

As Churchill famously said “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” We are sure he was talking about a Buffalo winter. Welcome in the longer days with us in the Billiards Room, a place Churchill would have fit in perfectly!

Enjoy:
  • Tour of the 12 – story new build Aloft Hotel and the adjacent fully renovated Buffalo Christian Center
  • Complimentary parking in the Aloft Hotel parking ramp (entrance on Franklin street)
  • Complimentary welcome glass of bubbly (or preferred drink) followed by a cash bar
  • Generous spread of appetizers
  • Learn about WFD’s upcoming events and happenings in the first half of 2019
  • Time to linger and catch up with other WFD members and guests
Tickets are as follows:

Early Bird pricing until January 21, 2019

  • Members: $25
  • Non-Members: $30

Pricing after January 21, 2019

  • Members: $30
  • Non-Members:$35

Click Here To Register

Working For Downtown

Buffalo Talk/Walk – Shea’s Seneca – December 5th, 2018

Join us for a unique mash-up of a Buffalo Talk AND Walk on December 5th! We will hold this month’s Buffalo Talk at the historic Shea’s Seneca location (NOT the library). Join us to learn about this repurposed gem in South Buffalo at 2178 Seneca Street. Schneider Development Services has created a multi-use building out of the former theatre. We will hear directly from Jake Schneider about the process and then he will give us a tour of the building. Hope to see  you there!

Click Here to Reserve Your Space

Cancelled!! – Proposing a linear “rail” Park – Oct 10, 2018

Due to an emergency, the speaker had to cancel for today’s Talk. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause!

In Buffalo, wildlife is reclaiming an unused rail corridor. For a mile and a half, through the First Ward, the Valley, and the Perry Neighborhood, this land connects the DL&W Terminal in downtown Buffalo near Canalside to the Buffalo River across from Solar City. Since the fall of 2017, the Western New York Land Conservancy has been meeting with neighbors and community leaders to start a conversation about creating an inspiring and environmentally-friendly linear park and multi-use trail along this rail corridor. Come listen to Alicia Fahrner from the Land Conservancy fill us in on where this initiative is currently.

Reserve your space here!

WFD’s 2018 Annual Meeting

Working For Downtown (WFD) hosted their annual meeting on June 26, 2018 and we would like to thank all those that attended! 

The event was held at Tewksbury Lodge, located at 249 Ohio St, Buffalo, NY. The keynote speaker was Norah Fletchall, President and CEO, The Buffalo Zoo. She shared with our members and guests her vision for the zoo, their conservation mission, and their strategic plan for the future. 

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The 2018-2019 Officers and Board of Directors was elected as follows:

President: Shannon Sutton

Vice President: Sherri Wierzba-Falck

Secretary: Richard Doetterl

Treasurer: Megan Morris

Board of Directors

Kate Bukowski, Dawn Csati, David DeBoy

Jackie Jonmaire, Sarah Hopkins,

Diane Pietraszewski, Carolyn Powell,

Beth Sardina, Alexis Webster, Mary Young

In addition to electing the 2018-2019 Board Members and Officers, WFD was proud to present awards to four deserving recipients.  This year’s awards are:

The Fernbach Award was initiated in the early 1980s and originally named the Bright Spot Award.  The Fernbach Awards are given to organizations or individuals whose efforts have resulted in the aesthetic revitalization of Downtown Buffalo.

Awarded to:

Theatre District Assocation

Accepted by Lisa Ludwig


The Joan K. Bozer Award was initiated by WFD in 1995 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to improving Downtown Buffalo. The award is named after Joan K. Bozer who was instrumental in the creation of WFD.

Awarded to:

Lynn Waclawek

M&T Bank

The Cornerstone Award recognizes a company or organization in Western New York that has shown support of working For Downtown and shares its mission to promote and improve the quality of life in Downtown Buffalo

Awarded to:

Allpro Parking, LLC

Accepted by Richard Serra

Membership Recognition Award: WFD is proud to honor one of our members for his contributions to the organization, and for his efforts in making Downtown Buffalo a better place to live, work, and play.

Awarded to:

Richard Doetterl

Allpro Parking, LLC

Buffalo Walks – Queen City Bike Ferry and Outer Harbor – August 8, 2018

Join us on Wednesday, August 8th for a walk at the Queen City Bike Ferry and Outer Harbor. We will start this walk at the Central Wharf at the Queen City Bike Ferry dock where Rich Hilliman will begin the tour talking about the progression of the ferry route. Then we will take a ride on the ferry over to the Outer Harbor and meet up with an Erie County Harbor Development representative who will talk about the projects in progress as we take a walk around the area.

5:15 pm Registration

5:30 pm Tour Start

RSVP by July 16th, 2018

Reserve spaces online here

For reservations by email, please contact Debbie DiMatteo at ddimatteo@mtb.com

Buffalo Walks – WNED Studios – July 18, 2018

We had a great group on Wednesday, July 18th for our Buffalo Walk at WNED/WBFO Studios. View our photo gallery to see what you missed and be sure to sign up for our next Buffalo Walk on August 8, 2018 at the Queen City Bike Ferry Canalside station and a ride over to the Outer Harbor!

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Buffalo Walks – Literary Corridor – June 13th, 2018

We will start at the Downtown Central Library to learn about the Reading Park planned for the entrance area of the Library and then join us for a walk along the Literary Corridor with Laurie Dean Torrell as our tour guide.

Registration at 5:15 PM and the tour will begin at 5:30.

5:15 pm Registration

5:30 pm Tour Start

RSVP by June 10th, 2018

Reserve spaces online here

For reservations by email, please contact Debbie DiMatteo at ddimatteo@mtb.com