BISON Fund Events
2016 Annual Celebration Luncheon
“My plan is to finish college, return to Buffalo, and become a business entrepreneur. My second love is urban development so I want to be deeply involved with Buffalo’s renaissance. In closing, thank you, BISON Fund. You have made the dreams of a little guy from Africa come true. I am a proud Buffalonian, and I am eternally grateful for the BISON Fund investing in me and my family when we needed it the most.” – Kenny N., 2011 BISON Graduate
This year we welcomed over 1,000 BISON supporters and friends to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center for our Annual Celebration Luncheon. Through their generosity, we surpassed our original goal and had a record-setting event raising over $300,000! Capitalizing on our matching program with the Children’s Scholarship Fund, we are able to grow the Luncheon proceeds by an additional $75,000, providing an additional 57 low-income children with scholarships. In total we will provide scholarships to over 280 children from the Luncheon proceeds for the 2016-17 school year.
BISON is successful because it provides a hand-up, and not a hand-out. BISON is the only K-8 scholarship program in WNY, and the 5th largest nationally. For many low-income families, education is the means to break a cycle of poverty as it lays the foundation for future success. BISON graduates continue to succeed beyond 8th grade, with more than 95% graduating from high school and more than 80% continuing on to college!
Supporting BISON is a great investment – perhaps the best investment you can make in our community. Educated communities tend to be healthier, more productive, and more stable. Buffalo’s future is dependent on our area’s young people. It is because of this that we believe BISON’s mission is as important as ever. We are especially grateful to our supporters who understand the importance of our mission.
We look forward to having you celebrate again with us next year.
On behalf of the children and their families now assisted through BISON scholarships, thank you!
2016 Luncheon Event Photos
2016 BISON Video
For more information, please contact Amy E. Popadick at firstname.lastname@example.org .