Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation

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The first major project in the creation of Ralph C. Wilson Centennial Park broke ground Tuesday with the start of repairs to over 1,300 feet of the seawall which sits up against the old LaSalle Park. 

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Another $18 million is coming to LaSalle Park for its redevelopment.

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A $6.4 million grant from the foundation set up after the death of longtime Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson will benefit trails in Western New York.

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A dedication ceremony and blessing was held Tuesday in Cheektowaga for a new training center that seeks to combat high caregiver turnover.

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The need for caregivers is expected to grow by nearly 20 percent over the next few years, but healthcare providers are seeing fewer people enter the profession. Catholic Health of Western New York, alongside Cleveland Clinic and Ascension Michigan, will work together over the next three years in an effort to address the issue.

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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A local swim club working to increase swimming and water safety among Buffalo’s minority populations is continuing to grow, and is now doing it with the help of two foundations.

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The Buffalo School Board Wednesday night celebrated East High School's men's basketball team winning a state championship and was praised for taking a big step toward major improvements in district athletic facilities.

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The partners who earlier this year released a report known as State of Play Western New York were in downtown Buffalo on Thursday, seeking input from community stakeholders as they plan how to advance a project designed to increase youth sports participation and, in turn, improve their health.

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How can Western New York fix the lack of physical activity among its kids? Two local foundations are looking for your help finding the answer.

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A team effort to encourage more youth participation in sports is expanding and going nationwide. And one of the institutions that helped roll out a plan at the Western New York level earlier this year is joining more partners on the national project.

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The State of Play report released in Western New York last week identified a lack of youth participation in sports, despite a wide majority of parental appreciation of the benefits of physical activity by their kids. That report, as we previous reported, encourages a renewed interest in free play. It also encourages letting kids try a wide variety of sports, avoiding early specialization. Experts and even one former pro athlete share the opinion that intensive concentration on one sport at a young age is a mistake.

Child development program gets $1.8 million from Wilson Foundation

Feb 15, 2017
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A child development program that helps children under five is getting a big gift from the Ralph C. Wilson  Jr. Foundation. Help Me Grow Western New York is getting $1.8 million dollars to continue its efforts to help families with kids under the age of five.

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.

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

Bills sale may benefit Buffalo in a big way

Oct 7, 2014

Money from the $1.4 billion sale of the Buffalo Bills will go to the Ralph C. Wilson Junior Foundation. The Buffalo News reports that the late Bills owner directed the foundation to focus spending on his hometown of Detroit and his football hometown of Buffalo.  Local funders are saying that amount of money could fast-track progress in the area.