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12 Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame inductees to be unveiled Wednesday

by jmaloni

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Tue, May 27th 2014 05:35 pm

Class of 2014 to be announced at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center May 28; inductee Ed Kilgore to give remarks on behalf of class

The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame will introduce its 12-member Class of 2014 Wednesday afternoon in the ballroom of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in downtown Buffalo. Introduction of this year's new members will commence at 4 p.m. with board president Therese Forton-Barnes presiding. A reception will follow immediately after the introduction of this year's class.

This event will mark the 24th class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1991, and brings total membership to 279.

Former WGRZ-TV sports anchor Ed Kilgore, one of several inductees expected on hand for the announcement, will offer remarks on behalf of the class. Kilgore's tenure on Channel 2 covered four decades.

Eleven other former athletes, coaches and administrators will join Kilgore in the 2014 class. Four of the 12 will be inducted posthumously as part of the "Pride of Western New York."

This group will join a rich heritage of native Western New Yorkers, or those who starred in and around the Queen City during their playing days, who are enshrined in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 2014 class will be officially introduced this fall at the GBSHOF dinner in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

In addition, the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame board of directors will announce its annual monetary awards from its amateur sports development fund. This year, $10,000 will be distributed to eight worthy individuals and organizations in need of additional funding in order to supplement their competitive needs.

The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame honors those who have enhanced local lives with their performances and commitment to Western New York sports, an effort surpassed only by the positive impressions they have left on the athletes of tomorrow.

For additional information on the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, visit www.gbshof.com.

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