The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation presented $90,000 in donations to over 30 Western New York not-for-profit organizations on December 10 during their annual Charity Check Presentation Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Buffalo.
The Alumni Foundation has given almost 2 million dollars to various charitable organizations over the past several years. This year's primary recipient is Prostate Cancer Awareness.
"This really is the highlight of the year for our Foundation," said Alumni President Ed Rutkowski. "These organizations that receive this support from us are so very appreciative, and we are happy to help them out in any way possible so they may continue bringing those needed programs and services to our community."
The following organizations were the recipients from the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation at this year's luncheon: *Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Variety Club Telethon, Touching Base, Eyes On America, Tribute Garden, Special Olympic Foundation, Inc., Dan R. Acker Scholarship Program, F.A.T.H.E.R.S., Urban Christian Ministries, Food Bank of WNY, Buffalo Prep, Clarence "Rock" Connor Scholarship Program, Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Program, Cross Training Football, Shaken Baby Syndrome Education Program,St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, Nativity Miguel Middle School,Character Council of WNY, Alzheimer's Assoc. of WNY, Cape Ability Outrigger Ohana, Inc., Wounded Warriors, NICYO Program,Seneca Diabetes Foundation, Crisis Service, WNY Independent Living, NICYO Program, Mikey's Way Foundation, Anthony V. Mannino Foundation, New Era Scholarship Fund, Alpha Phi Alpha Eugene Richards Scholarship Fund. *
Several members of the Buffalo Bills Alumni were on hand for the luncheon as well as many of the sponsors who have so graciously supported the fundraising efforts of the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation over the years. The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation was founded in 1999 and is comprised of past Bills players that have left an imprint on society during their football careers and want to continue molding society in a positive manner. Not only have they changed the game, but they have touched and shaped Buffalo as we know it today.