BISON Fund Events

2020 Annual Celebration

For 26 years, BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund has helped WNY families choose the right school for their children, and members of our community like you, have allowed BISON to assist over 33,000 low-income children attend schools of their choice via tuition assistance.  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.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020 at 6 pm

2020 has been the year like no other.  Now, more than ever, BISON needs your partnership to continue to provide a hand up, not a handout to allow children to attend the school of their choice regardless of family income or zip code. 

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for our guests, as well as the uncertainty of whether or not we will be allowed to gather again in large groups this October, BISON has decided that the 2020 Celebration Event will be virtual.  Our hope is you still gather in small “tables” or groups to hear our message and have lunch on us this year until we can once again, meet in person next year.  We encourage you to continue your support of our mission and not “skip” this year’s “Luncheon.”  We promise to continue to share the impact your dollars have made on those less fortunate, allowing you to see how YOU have changed the trajectory of children’s lives through your support of BISON.  Thank you.

Buy your Sponsorship or Advertisement Online  Event  Sponsorships HERE


YOUR HELP IS NEEDED to make the 2020 Celebration a Success!

Sponsorships are available for the BISON Annual Celebration.  Sponsorships include virtual attendance to the event, as well as full-color advertisement in the Celebration Program Book seen by over 1,200 people in the Western New York region.  More information can be found using the Sponsor Packet button below or by contacting Executive Director Amy E. Popadick at

Last year we welcomed over 1,100 BISON supporters and friends to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center for our 25th Anniversary Annual Celebration Luncheon. Through community generosity, we surpassed our original goal and had a record-setting year raising over $500,000! Capitalizing on our matching program with the Children’s Scholarship Fund, we are able to grow the Luncheon proceeds by an additional $102,500, allowing us to provide scholarships to over 370 children.

Company Logo due 8/14/20

Ad Artwork due 9/18/20

Guest names due 10/10/20

PDF Full Page Ad Size: 7.5″ high by 4.5″ wide

PDF Half Page Ad Size: 3.75″ high by 4.5″ wide

Please send logo, artwork and guest names to Jean Lorigo.

On behalf of the children and their families now assisted through BISON scholarships, thank you for your thoughtful consideration!

For more information, please contact Amy E. Popadick at



Leadership Sponsor

Head of School


M&T Bank

Head of the Class

Five Star Blank
OSC Charitable Foundation
Sandhill Investments
Marla & Keith Wofford

Honor Roll

Andrews Bernstein
Dansa D'Arata Soucia
D'Youville College
Hodgson Russ
HUNT Real Estate Corp.
Independent Health
Mader Construction
Martin Group
Merrill Lynch Kane Fasanello Group
Morgan Stanley Scott Saperston
National Fuel
National Fuel
Perry's Ice Cream
Pratt Collard Buck
Prime Bucholz
Sinatra & Co.
Szymkowiak & Associates

Table Sponsors

A Friend of BISON

Felicia & Edward Bartz

Jane & Larry Buck

Buffalo Games, LLC

Buffalo Sabres Foundation

Canisius College

Canisius High School

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.

Clover Group, Inc.

Colucci & Gallagher, P.C.


Evans National Bank

Fors Holding, Inc.

Hilbert College

Hadley & Scott Horrigan

Danielle & Luke Jacobs

Keller Technology Corporation

Lamparelli Construction

Law Office of Ralph Lorigo

Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP

The Paul W. LoVullo Family

Masters Insurance

Maxwell Murphy

Merchants Insurance

Mary & Larry Montani

Moshides Financial Group

Nardin Academy

Niagara University

Northeastern Appraisal Associates

Northwest Bank

Personal Touch Food Service, Inc.

Phillips Lytle

Mary & David Pietrowski

Priam Enterprises LLC

Therese & Kevin Quinn

Rich Products Corp.

Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLP

Savarino Companies

St. Gregory the Great

St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute

St. Joseph University Parish

St. Mark’s Church

St. Mary’s High School

Supermarket Management

Nicole & Steven Swift

Towne BMW

Vanner Insurance

Vascular Associates of WNY

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

WNY Plastic Surgery

World Wide Bonding Agency

Jeanette & David Zygaj

And many thanks to our many Donors and Advertisers who have supported the Celebration!