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The event in International Preparatory School Thursday night wasn't unusual: an auditorium, a crowd, rows of renderings and drawings about a project, speakers. What was different about this "Imagine LaSalle" project is that the money - $50 million - is in hand for the transformation.

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The late founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills will be honored with an art exhibit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery next month.

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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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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 Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation has launched the Built to Play initiative to provide more opportunities for kid-driven play across Western New York and Southeast Michigan.

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

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.

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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 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.

Buffalo Bills to honor memory of Wilson with statue

Mar 25, 2015

The Buffalo Bills will be honoring the late Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. with a statue.  The organization announced it will commission a statute that will be displayed outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.

Pegula emotional at dawn of Bills ownership era

Oct 10, 2014
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New Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula became emotional in his formal introduction as co-owner of the Buffalo Bills Friday afternoon.

Buffalo Bills fans are breathing a sigh of relief

Oct 9, 2014
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Buffalo Bills fans are breathing a sigh of relief now that the Pegual's are the new owners.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley headed to Orchard Park near Ralph Wilson Stadium to gather reaction.

Pegulas unanimously approved as Bills owners

Oct 8, 2014
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NFL owners have unanimously approved the sale of the Buffalo Bills to Terry and Kim Pegula.

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.

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The recent passing of Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. has raised serious questions in regard to the status of the existing stadium, just as $130 million in renovations are underway for next season.

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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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The music rocked and the hotdogs grilled as hard-core Bills fans remembered team owner Ralph Wilson yesterday during a party within sight of the football stadium.

Wilson to be laid to rest Saturday in Detroit

Mar 27, 2014
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The Buffalo Bills have announced that private funeral services for late team owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. will be held in Detroit on Saturday.

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Along with founding and owning the Buffalo Bills, Ralph Wilson Jr. was also a philanthropist whose contributions often came without fanfare.


A group of Buffalo Bills fans plan to celebrate team owner Ralph Wilson’s life with a tailgate party this weekend.

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Current and former Buffalo Bills mourned team owner Ralph Wilson yesterday, some tearfully.

Bills founder/owner Ralph Wilson Jr. dead at 95

Mar 26, 2014
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Buffalo Bills owner and founder Ralph Wilson Jr. is dead at the age of 95. Team president and CEO Russ Brandon announced the news Tuesday at the league's annual meeting in Orlando.

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

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Sources within the NFL are indicating that the Buffalo Bills are planning to release both head coach Chan Gailey and General Manager Buddy Nix.

A disappointing season for the Bills concludes Sunday, as the team will miss the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season.

The Buffalo News reports that team officials are claiming to be unaware of any decisions being made by Ralph Wilson as yet, but a meeting between the owner and the team's top executives is expected this week.

Report: Bills owner Ralph Wilson hospitalized

Aug 31, 2012

Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. is in the hospital. A team spokesman says the 93-year-old Wilson is in "good" condition.  It is unclear why he has been hospitalized or what hospital he is in. WBFO & AM-970 news reached out to the Bills. Bils spokes Scott Berchtold said "Wilson is in the hospital in good condition." No other details were provided, but reports claim he has an infection. Wilson suffered a broken hip last year.

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Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson was in Canton, Ohio on Friday to open the Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center.

Wilson cut the ribbon on the $2.5 million dollar center, which he paid for himself. The building will house documents, photographs and other historical artifacts related to pro football.

The 93 year old Wilson appeared frail in one of his few recent public appearances.