The Honorable Chris Collins spoke at the Buffalo Luncheon which took place at the Albright Knox Art Gallery. Congressman Collins cited numerous examples of broadcasters serving Buffalo. He thanked the stations for their efforts. The following stations were recognized at the luncheon:
WKBW TV – Campaign with Salvation Army – “Cool at Camp”
This year’s entry for the Serving New York for WKBW is called “Cool at Camp” which the station did on July 20, 2016 with the Salvation Army of Buffalo. WKBW ABC-7 asked viewers to donate new clothing to send with kids to camp this summer. The station collected over 600 pieces of clothing and $800 in cash donations, plus, the Scripps Howard Foundation gave $5,000 towards the drive as well.
WDOE/WBKX – Chautauqua County Rural Ministry
Chautauqua County Rural Ministry is an anti-poverty agency that has been serving Northern Chautauqua County since the 1960s. Last year its building collapsed. While there were no injuries, the collapse did force the closing of all of Rural Ministry’s offices. It also had been providing emergency housing for 19 people. WDOE, WBKX, and the stations’ website ChautauquaToday.com, provided news coverage during the collapse, which included the transfer of the homeless to the State University of New York in Fredonia during the emergency closing. The stations reporting highlighted the plight of the Ministry and those people depending on its services and help bring much needed relief.
WDCX Radio – Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York – Walk to End Alzheimer’s
This past year, WDCX Radio became a platinum sponsor ($10,000 level) of the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Buffalo. By running PSA’s and promos for the Association, and by conducting personal interviews with individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s, WDCX helped the Association achieve all three of their goals including more than 13% increase in individual participation, more than 13% increase in team participation and nearly a 25% increase in total donations (to nearly $425,000!)
WGRZ TV – Kids Escaping Drugs Televents
Kids Escaping Drugs (KED) was created in 1987, in partnership with WGRZ Ch. 2 with the sole mission of raising funds for the creation and support of treatment facilities dedicated to serving adolescents and their families suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. With the increasing epidemic of opiate addiction, WGRZ continued its partnership with KED by hosting two Televents each year. The KED Televents that aired between Sept. 2015 and Sept. 2016 helped raise a total of $93,218 through fundraising, sponsorships with local businesses and generous donations from Ch. 2 viewers.
WIVB TV – Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Thousands of people in Western New York are affected by blood cancers. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) funds treatments that are saving the lives of Western New Yorkers today. To help support and raise awareness, WIVB/WNLO partnered with LLS of Western New York, and sponsored two events for the past several years. Every August for 10 days, WIVB/WNLO has a presence at the Erie County Fair. In their booth, they have games and prizes for viewers. 100 percent of all donations to play the games go to LLS. Volunteers of LLS help run their booth and raise awareness to their viewers. The station also sponsors the “Light the Night Walk.” News 4’s Wake Up morning anchor, Jordan Williams, has graciously donated his time and energy to be Western New York’s spokesman for LLS.
WUTV-TV/WNYO-TV (Sinclair Broadcasting ) – Helping Western New York Heroes
Sinclair Broadcasting teamed up with WNY Heroes to help spread awareness of the organization and all of their programs. The mission of WNY Heroes is to provide veterans, members of the armed services, and the widows and children of deceased veterans with access to essential services, financial assistance and resources that support their lives and sustain their dignity. Founded in 2007 by U.S. Army veteran Chris M. Kreiger and community activist Dionne Kane, WNYHeroes is an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving the needs of Western New York’s veterans and their families.
The goal of the program is to create awareness, generate donations for the Adopt a Veteran Family Program and communicate to the local veteran community that there is a local organization for them to turn to for help. The results were successful and increased their annual donations for the Adopt a Veteran Family Program and helped greatly with their community outreach efforts.
WNYB-TV – PATH (People Against Trafficking Humans)
P.A.T.H. Inc. (People Against Trafficking Humans) is a faith based not-for-profit (501(c)(3) organization with a mission to end human exploitation through awareness, action and aftercare. Its vision is a world free from modern human slavery and oppression. It is dedicated to fostering communication and cooperation between local, national and international groups that work against human trafficking. P.A.T.H engages the community in prevention and awareness through “Coalition Nights” held at various locations throughout Western New York. The station has offered tremendous support shedding light on this most important issue.
WBEN/WLKK/WKSE (Entercom Radio Stations) – Supporting the Erie County Botanical Gardens “Starry Night” Concert
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is a living museum dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits. The Entercom stations partnered with the Botanical Gardens to promote their concert series Starry Night. With the stations help the event was a huge success.
WBBZ-TV – “For our Daughters”
For Our Daughters, Inc. was founded in 2012 after the founder, Mercedes Wilson, was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at the young age of 28. It was at this time that Mercedes learned just how much she didn’t know about her own family history. It was through this ordeal that For Our Daughters, Inc. was birthed! As a 501(c)(3) organization, its aim is to assist young women between the ages of 11-19 with living longer, healthier lives, by taking the reigns on their health. Its mission is to empower young women to break down communication barriers and become advocates for their own health and wellness. Through the efforts of WBBZ-TV and its show “Bragging Rights” the organization has been able to significantly increase its exposure in the community.
WBFO/WNED – StoryCorps – Collecting the Oral History of Buffalo and Western New York
StoryCorps is a national program that collects and archives oral histories from across the country. It works with the American Folk Life Center of the Library of Congress. Since the project started in 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 66,000 stories from throughout the nation.
WNED/WBFO helped bring Story Corps to Buffalo and Western New York. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Empire State Development Corporation Regional President Sam Hoyt, and WBFO News Director Brian Meyer, formally welcomed StoryCorps as the studio began its first day of recording local stories. “This is an amazing opportunity for us to tell the Buffalo story,” Brown said. “Certainly, StoryCorps knows a good story when they hear one and when they see one.”