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2014 Annual Appeal Campaign Now in Full Swing!

Last year we not only met our goal, but we exceeded it! And because of your generous support, we received a matching grant of $40,000 from the Grigg Lewis Foundation. This year our goal is $42,000, and assisting us in our efforts will be Co-chairs Dave and Kathy Greenfield. There's hardly an event or program at Kenan Center where the Greenfield's don't lend a hand--from serving on committees to helping spruce up the gardens. Read their own words following why they support the Kenan Center, and hope you will, too!

Letter from Dave and Kathy Greenfield:

Can it be that spring has finally reached all of us! It took a bit longer, it seems, but now that we can enjoy the beautiful daffodils, tulips and flowering trees, indeed we should be able to enjoy our longer days and our time spent outside.

We are very proud to have been asked to serve as co-chairs of the Kenan Center’s 2014 Annual Campaign. Many of you may not realize that we are not native to Western New York. Our family moved to Lockport in 1986 as a result of a job transfer for Dave. At the time, our three children were all teenagers and it seems that our primary focus was to see that they were adjusting to their new schools and establishing new friends.

We had lived in four different communities throughout New York State but had never had an art, education and recreation center available to us. It seemed like becoming members of the Kenan Center was the right thing to do. We could tell from the newsletters that we received that the Kenan Center was an established community institution that we all could be proud of.

We have never looked back on that decision. The art shows, the outstanding plays presented at the Taylor Theater, and the programming on gardening and raising herbs, were just a few of the activities that we found ourselves drawn to.

The Kenan Showhouse: Revisited in 1996 was, no doubt, the event that actually solidified our personal commitment and love for the Kenan. Kathy served as a co-chair of the Grounds Committee and Dave helped provide much of the “sweat equity.” The weeks prior to the actual show became a real social event as we worked beside other volunteers for entire weekends. A small grill was set up on the deck behind the house, and the promise of a red hot and some chips seemed to be all that was necessary to keep everyone going. The pride and delight at the actual opening still gives us chills to think about what was accomplished.

In 1999, our youngest daughter was to be married, and she decided that since she knew how we loved the Kenan, that it would be most appropriate to have her wedding reception at the house and in the gardens.

It was Mr. Kenan’s desire that his home and property be used to benefit the community, and the City of Lockport and surrounding area could not have received a greater gift. Few small cities have such an all-encompassing “community center.” We are truly blessed to have such a gem in our city that serves all ages from pre-school to older adults.

Your financial help is very much needed in order for the Kenan Center to continue providing its diverse programming, and maintain the historic buildings and grounds. We hope you will join us in making a generous contribution to this year’s Annual Appeal Campaign. This year, as last, the Grigg Lewis Foundation is offering to match up to our goal of $42,000. We know that with your support, we can meet and surpass that goal!

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)

Capital, Cultivation & Strategic Planning

William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust
Grigg Lewis Foundation
Randleigh Foundation
Wendt Foundation
Anne Hutchinson Estate
Laird Family Foundation & the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
East Hill Foundation

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

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


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
Zimmie's Auto Service


Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union
Lockport Soccer Club
Mullane Motors


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


First Niagara Bank Foundation, Stage Sponsor
EnergyMark, LLC, Preview Party
The Buffalo News

Business Ambassadors:
Evans Agency Insurance
Houghton College
Seneca Gaming Corporation
Quest Diagnostics
West Herr Honda

Murphy Insurance Agency
Muscato, DiMillo, & Vona, LLP
Ann L. Swan
Jane Whitmore
Kenan Center Board of Governors

Additional Supporters:
Kax Solutions & Services
Lamar Outdoor Advertising
Ulrich Sign Co.
WBFO 88.7
WNED Classical
Zenger Group

Individual Donors

Wenda Behm
Christa Caldwell
Anthony Ceasor
Julie Coy
Chris Marra
Tom Murphy
John Whitty

Holiday Gala
Rotary Club of Lockport
Mary Mullett-Flynn

In Kind
Bellezza Skin Care
Cutting Edge Tree Service
Gould's Flowers
Green Standards, LPD
Hall's Apple Farm
Julie Muscato Interior Design
Pro Bono
Vanilla Grass

Rita Argen Auerbach Exhibit

Francis & Cindy Letro
Jim & Joy Brandys
William Magavern

Fountain Recognizes 2008/2009 Donors

In recognition of our 2008 and 2009 donors who gave more than $250, a beautiful new fountain has been added to the gardens with a sign recognizing these donors. Your commitment to our mission is deeply appreciated!


Arts & Cultural
100 American Craftsmen
Biennial Quilt Show
Missoula Children's Theatre Residency Week
Admission Free Gallery Exhibits
Gallery Teas & Tours
Holiday Gift Show
Kenan Speakers Series (new in 2013)
Niagara Wine & Beer Tasting Fest
Weddings & Rentals

Children & Music Together with Mary Dunn
Montessori Preschool
After-School Strings Program
Whimsical Sculpture Project (summer)

Sports & Recreation
Youth Indoor & Outdoor Soccer
Adult Soccer Leagues
Baseball & Softball Training
Wings Floor & Roller Hockey

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.

Funding for the Kenan Center is provided by:

William R. Kenan Jr, Charitable Trust

Grigg Lewis Foundation

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

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