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 – 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

2018 Annual Meeting

 

 

 

 

Join us Tuesday, June 26, 2018 for our Annual Meeting, Awards Ceremony and Election of Officers.  This year’s full breakfast will begin promptly at 8:00 am with registration starting at 7:45 am and will end at 9:00 am at the Tewksbury Lodge located at 249 Ohio St, Buffalo, NY 14204. Parking is free in the lot and along Ohio Street.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Buffalo Zoo President and CEO, Norah Fletchall. Norah will provide an update on recent completed projects, upcoming exhibit renovations, and their newest animals. She will also share with us her vision and strategic plan for the zoo’s future.

We will also present our annual awards to those individuals and organizations that have made a significant difference in our community.
This year’s awardees are:
Fernbach Award recipient
Theatre District Association
Joan K Bozer Award recipient
Lynn Waclawek, M&T Bank, Assistant Vice President
Cornerstone Award recipient
Allpro Parking, LLC
Membership Recognition Award recipient
Richard Doetterl, Allpro Parking, LLC, Business Intelligence Analyst

RSVP by June 20, 2018

RESERVE SPACES ONLINE HERE

For more information call (716) 854.2314

Buffalo Talks – Bikes in Buffalo – May 2, 2018

GObike Buffalo promotes and supports biking in the City of Buffalo. They promote healthier modes of transportation through biking and creating safe biking in the city. GObike sponsors SkyRide in the spring and the Slow Roll weekly in the summer, as well as many other events.

Guest Speaker: Justin Booth, Founder and Executive Director, GObike Buffalo

Justin will be talking about “Creating a Bicycle Friendly Buffalo”. Please join us to hear their plans!

Click here to reserve your space today!

 

 

Buffalo Talks – Buffalo Promise Neighborhood – March 7, 2018

Join us Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from noon to 1 pm.

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood is a designated community school zone, now operating three schools: Westminster Community Charter School, Highgate Heights Elementary and Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Children’s Academy.  A second Children’s Academy is currently under development and is slated to open in 2018.  We recognize when parents and children have opportunity to succeed, families and the community around them are able to thrive. 

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood is a unique public / private partnership that inspires the collaboration and commitment of local leaders in education, business, community services, philanthropy, healthcare and government to help build strong schools that promote academic achievement and healthy development.

Guest Speaker: David Chamberlain, Westminster Foundation

Reserve your spot here!

 

Buffalo Talks – Adaptive Reuse of the former Women and Children’s Hospital – February 7, 2018

Join us Wednesday, February 7 from noon to 1 pm!

Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo has completed the successful relocation to become the Oishei Children’s Hospital. What’s next for the former hospital site? Join a member of the development team, Sinatra & Company Real Estate and Ellicott Development Company, to hear more about plans for reuse.

Guest Speakers: Nick Sinatra, President and Founder, Sinatra & Company Real Estate, and Tom Fox, Director of Development, Ellicott Development Company

Reserve your space today!