Mary Wilson

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Mary Wilson is taken aback by how many people have begun noticing the clutch, emblazoned with the Bills’ charging buffalo logo, she carries while running errands from her winter home in Florida.

“I’m not trying to advertise or anything, but it’s like `Oh, you’re a Bills fan. Your team’s doing so great,’” she told The Associated Press by phone. “I’m so popular now because I’m a Bills fan.”

Some might not realize how Wilson’s connections to the Bills go far deeper.

Girl Power Part 3: Mary Wilson, The Game Changer

Mar 16, 2020

Despite the advancements delivered by Title IX legislation over the last 50 years, girls still participate in sports less than boys, and the disparity widens with the pressures of adulthood. Why does it matter? Because kids who compete do better in school, at work and throughout life. So WBFO's Marian Hetherly took a look at leveling the playing field in a series she's calling "Girl Power."

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Wednesday would have been the 100th birthday of former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. To honor the milestone, the foundation created in his name announced a major investment in the two places he called home.

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The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Wednesday announced a $200 million investment in parks and trails in Western New York and Southeast Michigan. The funds will be split evenly between the two regions and are being dedicated in honor of what would have been the 100th birthday of the former Buffalo Bills founder and owner.

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For more than a half century, Ralph Wilson was a towering figure in the Western New York community as founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills, through good seasons and bad. His legacy is now captured in a WNED-TV documentary.

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A newly-released report about youth sports participation in Western New York shows a lack of physical activity by many young people. But it also offers ideas on how to get kids more interested and involved with sports. It begins with a question for the children: "What do YOU want?"

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The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park has unveiled a new display honoring former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr.

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery's ambitious fundraising campaign to support its expansion plan got a financial boost Wednesday morning, when they officially announced a gift from the foundation named for the late founder and original owner of the Buffalo Bills.

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Saying the state of the City of Buffalo is "strong," Mayor Byron Brown looked back on accomplishments while announcing who will develop a highly-anticipated downtown grocery store.

City schools leader wants to meet with Mary Wilson

Jan 21, 2016
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The Ralph Wilson Foundation continued its generosity handing out one of the largest education gifts to date to Say Yes Buffalo. Mary Wilson delivered $2-million in funding to Say Yes for its college scholarship program. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the leader of the city school district is hoping to apply for a future Foundation grant.

Wilson Foundation delivers $2 million to Say Yes

Jan 20, 2016
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Say Yes Buffalo is the latest recipient to receive funding from The Ralph Wilson Foundation. Mary Wilson delivered a $2 million gift Wednesday morning.

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The latest grant awarded by the Ralph Wilson Foundation is going to end up benefiting thousands of local residents.

Wilson Foundation's gift is largest yet

Nov 24, 2015
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The memory of former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson will live on for years in to the future. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation has announced $7 million in gifts for local groups.

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The treatment and research of sports-related injuries in the Buffalo community has received a boost. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says The Ralph C. Wilson Foundation has delivered a four million dollar gift to the University at Buffalo's Sports Medicine Department. 

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A program that encourages young, inner city girls to engage in sports received a financial boost on Saturday.

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The widow of the late Buffalo Bills founder Ralph Wilson was at Roswell Park Cancer Institute Thursday morning, presenting a gift of $4.2 million to support the center's quality-of-life services.

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Fans from around Western New York descended upon the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse on Saturday to pay their respects to the one and only owner the team has ever known.

Mary Wilson takes controlling ownership of the Bills

Apr 3, 2014

In the continuing uncertainty of what will happen to the Buffalo Bills in the wake of owner Ralph Wilson's recent death, the team released a statement Thursday saying Wilson's widow Mary is now the controlling owner of the franchise.

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Approximately 250 potential future female athletes participated in a Western New York Girls in Sports Program on Sunday.