Annual Meeting

On Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 we will hold our Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at Tewksbury Lodge.  We had Michael Murphy, President of Shea’s Performing Arts Center, as our keynote speaker.


This Years Awards:

Fernbach Award

The Fernbach Award was initiated in the early 1980’s 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:

Buffalo Urban Development Corportation

Cornerstone Award

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:

This award is given only on rare occasions. There was no awardee this year.

Membership Recognition Awards

Working For Downtown (WFD) is proud to honor one of our members for her unending contributions to the organization:

Awarded to:

Diane Pietraszewski, Catholic Health, Systems Director, Labor Relations and HR Legal

Joan K. Bozer Award

The Joan K. Bozer Award was initiated by WFD in 1995 to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to improving Downtown Buffalo. The award is named after Joan K. Bozer who was instrumental in the creation of WFD..

Awarded to:

Robert G. Wilmers, M&T Bank, former Chairman and CEO

Past Award Recipients