Making A Difference

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Making a Difference 2016
WNED-TV Specials
Making a Difference 2016
Making A Difference 2015
WNED-TV Specials
Making A Difference 2015

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. This originally produced content is an effort to recognize everyday citizens of Western New York who are committed to making a positive impact in their communities.

Out stories include a retired auto worker who built an organization to provide teachers with needed supplies worth millions of dollars; a landscape architect giving of his time and talents to young people and encouraging their love of nature; a young Make-A-Wish recipient who makes it his mission to raise money in order to grant wishes for others, and many others.

Even an hour or two can have an impact.  At WNED-TV, we believe serving others is the key to strengthening our community and our relationships with each other. We are proud to share these stories.  Let them inspire you and ask yourself, how can I make a difference?

Meet the 2016 Honorees

Making A Difference 2016
Amy Betros
Sharing God's mercy with those in need
Christine Dwyer and Robin Bishop
Christine Dwyer and Robin Bishop
Teaching dance to the special needs community
Joe Demarco
Joe Demarco
Giving hope to others, one flight at a time
Kwentin Foster
Kwentin Foster
Comfoting sick children with home-made blankets
Jennifer Gernatt
Jennifer Gernatt
Building community pride to benefit youth
Andrew Giarrizzo
A modern day Johnny Appleseed
Rev. Diann Holt
Supporting breastfeeding moms and their families
Hillary Ruchlin
Providing hope and comfort to those facing cancer 

Meet the 2015 Honorees

Making A Difference 2015
John Mika
John Mika
Supporting teachers and students with free school supplies
Ken Hansen
Ken Hansen
Raising awareness, educating the public and saving lives
Janet DiPasquale
Breaking the cycle for homeless teenage girls
Dr. Myron Glick
Changing lives as a family doctor to the most vulnerable
Aaron Bartley
Empowering neighbors to take charge of their community
Greg Kowal
A "Wish-Kid" who gives back so others can have a wish
MarCe Zeratte
Celebrating diversity through her love of dance
Willie "Hutch" Jones
Building character through academics, sports and the arts