The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team’s foundation, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, has approved 18 requests for charitable grants throughout the 2013-14 season.
The money disbursed in the grants was raised from Buffalo Sabres Foundation events throughout the year, including the team’s annual golf tournament, Corporate Challenge, 50/50 Raffle, UnPucked, pre-game autograph surprise sales, and various online auctions of team memorabilia.
“We are very proud to be able to provide funding to these worthwhile organizations,” said Cliff Benson, president of the Buffalo Sabres foundation. “These groups serve many deserving individuals throughout our community and they help make Buffalo a better place to live and work. Each dollar raised through the Buffalo Sabres Foundation comes from fan-supported programs. The generosity of our fans allows to support so many wonderful organizations, which makes this truly a team effort.”
Grant requests for the 2014-15 Buffalo Sabres season are now being accepted. Interested organizations can apply online by visiting www.sabres.com/community.
The following is a complete list of organizations that received foundation grants in 2013-14:* Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County
* The BISON Scholarship
* Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo
* Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns
* Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
* Buffalo City Swim Racers
* Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey Team
* Buffalo Sabres Special Hockey Team
* Cantalician Center for Learning, Inc
* Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled
* Cradle Beach
* Food Bank of WNY
* Girls on the Run of Buffalo
* Hasek’s Heroes
* Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection
* Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
* The Salvation Army
The Buffalo Sabres Foundation is a New York State not-for-profit corporation, qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and qualified as a public charity. The Buffalo Sabres Foundation was established in 1995 and reinvigorated in 2011 following the acquisition of the Buffalo Sabres by Terry and Kim Pegula.
Buffalo Sabres Foundation Mission Statement:
Stimulate, support and encourage organizations that serve Western New York which are committed to youth hockey initiatives; the health, wellness and education of underprivileged /disadvantaged youth and military personnel; and physically and mentally challenged athlete, by providing financial generosity and other platforms for their endeavors. Through such support these organizations will realize their highest potential, thereby allowing their members to gain the confidence and integrity necessary to succeed in life.