Making A Difference

In January of 2014, WNED | WBFO Buffalo-Toronto launched an initiative to recognize everyday citizens of Western New York who are committed to making a positive impact in their communities. “Making a Difference” was created to capture the stories of true champions who dedicate their time to worthy causes, emphasize the importance of volunteerism and encourage others to step in and lend a helping hand. The response was overwhelming, as over 300 nominations were received for this recognition. 

“Making a Difference,” aired Monday, February 2 on WNED-TV, and highlights eight very deserving individuals. Radio spotlights will also air throughout February on WBFO-FM 88.7.

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“Making a Difference” is funded in part by First Niagara Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable foundation committed to supporting organizations that make a difference in our communities.

Aaron Bartley, Co-Founder of PUSH Buffalo (People United for Sustainable Housing) has long been a supporter of Buffalo. “You know, I think Buffalo is a city that you can really, um, romanticize and fall in love with.” He says. Even though he spent some years exploring other areas of the country, the Queen city – and a specific area kept calling him back. Why? The people needed his help. Read more

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Sister Janet DiPasquale finds joy and fulfillment in helping young homeless teenage girls by running a program called TRY, or Teaching and Restoring Youth. Standing all of 5 feet tall, this tiny woman exudes a no-nonsense attitude combined with enormous spirit. She’s a woman whose purpose is to help those in need, and in her words, considers it a calling. Read more

Dr. Myron Glick has always believed in the power of family medicine, and what he can do as a family physician to help transform lives, especially the lives of the most vulnerable.  Having grown up in Central America, he imagined traveling back after attending medical school at the University at Buffalo.  Instead, there was undeniable need right here in Western New York. Read more

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Ken and Kim Hansen of West Seneca, New York were devastated by the loss of their daughter Amanda due to carbon monoxide poisoning in 2009. While she was staying overnight at a friend’s home, a faulty boiler released deadly gas into the air. This tragedy has changed their lives forever, but ken has found a way to help others through his grief. Read more

Former NBA player Willie “Hutch” Jones, “Hutch” as he is better known, is one of those special Buffalonians who left to see the world, and returned more determined than ever to use his talents to help young people.  After enjoying a basketball career both here and overseas, Buffalo was calling him home. Read more

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Greg is one tough kid with a really big heart.  Very early in his life, he was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis - a condition presents itself as tumors throughout the inside and outside of his body. Greg is now 13 years old and the largest encompasses his entire right leg. Read more

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John Mika, a retired auto worker at GM for 30 years, went back to school and received his teaching degree. His hope was to begin a hybrid retirement as a substitute teacher. Upon entering classrooms throughout Western New York, and particularly in the city of Buffalo, John realized students and teachers were lacking basic supplies. He felt moved to find an answer to this problem. Read more

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MarCe Zerrate, a native of Colombia, fled her country in 1999 in search of a safer and happy life in the United States.  Now, the Queen City is home – and MarCe dedicates much of her time celebrating cultural diversity by educating others about her own Colombian heritage. Read more

 


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