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2015 Annual Appeal is Underway: Pat & Christine Sullivan Reach Out As Co-chairs

Dear Friends: Christine and I are proud to have been named Co-chairs of the 2015 Annual Appeal campaign. We’ve been actively involved in the Kenan Center for more than four decades, and have witnessed its growth and the incredible passion that people have for sustaining this institution.

Like many people, our own involvement began with our children who became avid participants in the Kenan Center soccer program. I went on to coach soccer, and later was invited to sit on the Board of Governors, serving a term in the early 90s as board president. I also joined the Buildings & Grounds Committee, a role which I still hold today. In 1996, Christine and I took up our paintbrushes with scores of other volunteers to transform the Kenan House for “Kenan Showhouse Revisited.”

It is this spirit of coming together with others, from all walks of life, for the benefit of the community treasure we know as the Kenan Center, that stands out most vividly for us. We recall working on many auctions and sitting down over drinks and pizza with our fellow volunteers who normally never had a chance to talk to each other through work or other activities. The camaraderie and friendships built through those activities lasted long past the events themselves. Being actively involved, and contributing to the growth and sustenance of the Kenan Center, put us in touch with others who shared an enthusiasm for keeping the Center’s lifeblood flowing.

Certainly, for us, soccer was a great introduction to the Kenan Center, as we’re sure it is for many families. It’s an inexpensive sport and can involve a lot of children, and they don’t have to be totally athletic to do it. The program has become a training center for young students, many of whom have gone on to play in high school, college, and even at the professional level. But equally important are the cultural and educational opportunities that families can enjoy. For a small community, it means being able to experience music, theater, art, and architecture without driving into Buffalo or the suburbs, and spending a whole day—it’s right here in your backyard—and it’s affordable. Those parents whose children are enrolled in the Montessori Preschool or the new KidQuest Summer Youth Program have many opportunities to introduce their children to art and cultural activities, such as the Missoula Children’s Theatre residency, the Whimsical Sculpture Project, the Storrs All High Photo Show, and so much more. Kids don’t always show an interest in these activities on their own, but when it’s close to home, it’s a little easier for families to take part. The new Summer Recreation Program that started this year also gives parents an essential, safe, and affordable option for children during the summer months. Combining recreational activity, creative arts, and the ability to enjoy the entire campus is a wonderful way to introduce a younger generation to all that the Kenan Center offers.

We know that when it comes to philanthropic giving, you have many choices. It’s important to realize that so much of what the Kenan Center is today—the soccer program, the gardens, the gallery, the preschool, the events that draw people from across the region like 100 American Craftsmen and the Niagara Wine and Beer Tasting Fest—wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for community financial support. We believe it’s important for the integrity of our community to help sustain those institutions that have sustained us and our family. We think you do, as well. Please join us in making a donation today, at whatever level you can. Our goal is $45,000, and as in past years, we have the opportunity to receive a matching grant from the Grigg Lewis Foundation.

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Support Youth Program, Scholarships & Public Art!

At Kenan Center, we’re excited that our new KidQuest Summer Youth Program has opened up a variety of creative and recreational opportunities for children ages 3 to 17 that continues into August! The program includes KidVentures, an hour-long, six-week program for ages 3-6 with a different activity each day; our free Whimsical Sculpture Project for ages 10-12; a six-week Summer Recreation Program for ages 7-15 that provides supervised recreational activities in the Arena; and a Theater Enrichment program for ages 6-11 designed to help children build performing and self-confidence skills. We’ll also present a free, all-ages performance with the zany Niagara University Repertory Theatre—a.k.a. N.U.R.T.—for the whole community to enjoy on August 14. And our Montessori Preschool students will have the opportunity to take part in a “Getting Ready for Montessori Preschool” week so that they can feel comfortable in their new learning environment.

For many families, these programs can be out of reach because of financial challenges. Kenan Center scholarships make it possible for those families to enjoy quality programming that will enrich their children’s lives. We would like to build our scholarship fund so that more families can take advantage of this essential assistance throughout the year on all Kenan programs.

Does public art matter to you? The Kenan Center has been working towards building a collection of outdoor sculptures for several years. We currently have an opportunity to purchase the exceptional ceramic sculpture, Guardian, by Buffalo artist, Robert L. Wood, that is displayed on the front lawn of the Kenan campus. Your generosity could help us tomake this sculpture a permanent addition.

Please consider making a donation to the program of your choice: KidQuest Summer Youth Programs; Program Scholarships; or our Public Art Purchase Fund. Or, you can simply check “general fund" on the donation form. Download a form here or to charge by phone, call 433-2617. Your support is sincerely appreciated!

Making a Donation, Sponsorship or Bequests

The Kenan Center provides numerous opportunities to contribute to the institution as well as individual programs. Whether you would like to purchase an Arena signboard, sponsor a soccer team, donate in memory of a friend or loved one, give to a fundraising effort, product in-kind materials or services, or make a bequest, we would be happy to discuss the options available. Please contant the Kenan Center at 433-2617.

Donor/Sponsor Acknowledgement (updated March 2015)

Major Donors

East Hill Foundation, strategic planning
Grigg Lewis Foundation, operating support, matching annual appeal funds, interns through Workership Program.
Laird Family Foundation & the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, capital
Randleigh Foundation, capital and development
William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, capital, development, programming & technology
Anne Hutchinson Estate, capital
Friends of the Kenan Herb Club
Kenan Arts Council
Kenan Quilters' Guild

Design Work
Julie Muscato Interior Design
The Glynn Group

2014 & 2015 Gallery Exhibits
M&T Bank
Kenan Arts Council
Grigg Lewis Foundation
Kenan Quilters' Guild

Special 2014 Rita Argen Auerbach Exhibit

Francis & Cindy Letro
Jim & Joy Brandys
William Magavern

Storrs All High Photo Show 2015

The Buffalo News
Bob & Christa Caldwell
Connor Wealth Management
Vincent Davis II
Friends of the Kenan Herb Club
Mark W. Glynn, PE
Jim & Maggie Hagenbach
Mark & Krista Jaekle
Morgan & Patricia Jones
Kenan Arts Council
Kenan Quilters’ Guild
M&T Bank
Chris & Bev Marra
Charles Morello & Selena Truax Morello
Susan Przybyl & Ken Berlinksi
Dennis Stierer
Linda Taylor
Carol & Ross Walker on behalf of the First Presbyterian Church of Lockport
Jane Whitmore

Individual Exhibition Donors

Robert M. Budin

2014/2015 Music

Pro Bono

In-Kind Donations:
Conservatory & Bride's Room, House
Heather Bowen
Alice Przybyl

Niagara Wine & Beer Tasting Fest 2015

M&T Bank, Event Sponsor
Diversified Manufacturing, Inc, Vintage Sponsor
Contracts Unlimited, Inc, Vintage Sponsor
Barrel Supporters
External Experts
Julie Coy Agency, Inc-State Farm Insurance
Friends of the Kenan Herb Club
Kax Solutions & Services
Kenan Arts Council
Kenan Center Board of Governors
Kenan Quilters' Guild
Murphy Insurance Agency
Niagara Produce
Ulrich Sign Company
Hops Patrons
Evans Agency
NetPlus Alliance
Northeast Diversifications, Inc
Mike Basil Toyota

Renewing Arena Sign Sponsors

International Stone Gallery
Lockport Soccer Club
Mullane Motors

Soccer Team Sponsors

Bill's Benches
Citizen’s Bank
Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union
Grand Tours & Ridge Road Express
Image Collision
J. Allis Photography
Learning Edge Tutoring
Lockport Orthodontics
MP Construction
Mullane Motors
Reid’s Drive In
Ridge Road Express
Sage Investment Group
Stephanie Moore Memorial Fund
Toni Nemi Sportsman Group
United Merchant Asset Recovery
Wolfe Lumber Mill
Workwell Niagara Occupational Medicine
Zimmie's Auto Service

100 American Craftsmen 2015

M&T Bank, Event Sponsor
The Buffalo News

Business Ambassadors:
Evans Agency Insurance
Niagara's Choice Federal Credit Union
West Herr Honda

William E. and Ann L. Swan Foundation
Muscato, DiMillo, & Vona, LLP
Murphy Insurance Agency
Jane Whitmore
Kenan Center Board of Governors
Dorothy Westhafer

Additional Supporters:
Morris Masonry
Kax Solutions & Services
Ulrich Sign Co.
WBFO 88.7
WNED Classical
Niagara USA
Lake Erie Living Magazine

Holiday Gala to Benefit the Kenan Center Montessori Preschool

Gold Sponsor
Rotary Club of Lockport
Silver Sponsors
East Avenue Vision Center
Jones, Hogan & Brooks, LLP
Kenan Center Board of Governors
Scott A. Cain, CPA, P.C.

Montessori Preschool

Wooden butterfly handmade by Gordon Bald; donated by Gloriann Bald

Program Scholarships

Molly Shearer Fund on behalf of Robert DeFazio
Rev. Orloff Fund on behalf of 1st Presbyterian Church of Lockport
Stephanie Moore-Verratti Memorial Fund for Soccer

Whimsical Sculpture Project 2015

Anonymous Foundation
Mark W. Glynn, P.E.
William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

Through Spring It On--online fundraiser through United Way of Buffalo & Erie County

Bruce Ader
Heather Bowen
Alma Brown
Elaine Harrigan
Barbara & Kurt Hollasch
Jennifer Levesque-Mergl
Alyssa Neglia
Susan Przybyl
Walter Przybyl
Nancy Smith
Linda Taylor


Arts & Cultural
100 American Craftsmen & Annex Market
Biennial Quilt Show
Missoula Children's Theatre Residency & Performances
Niagara University Repertory Theater Summer Performance
Admission Free Gallery Exhibits
Tea & Tours in the Gallery
Holiday Gift Show
Kenan Speakers Series
Niagara Wine & Beer Tasting Fest
Weddings & Rentals
Defiant Monkey Improv (independent)

Children & Music Together with Mary Dunn
Montessori Preschool
KidVentures Summer Program for ages 3-6
Summer Theatre Enrichment for ages 6-11
Getting Ready for Montessori Preschool Mini Camp
Whimsical Sculpture Project (summer)

Sports & Recreation
Youth Indoor & Outdoor Soccer
Summer Recreation Program
Buffalo Co-Ed Lacrosse League
Niagara Jr. Thuderwolves Baseball & Softball
WNY Roller Hockey
Revolution Fitness & Training (independent)

Corporate Sponsorship

The Kenan Center offers a variety of opportunities for businesses to support vital programs. For as little as $25 you can sponsor an All High Photo Show Award, or choose a more substantial sponsorship for such programs as the Performing Arts Series, 100 American Craftsmen, gallery exhibits, arena signs or youth soccer team. To learn more about Corporate Sponsorships, call the Kenan Center at (716)433-2617.

The Kenan Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

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