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Buffalo History Museum announces M&T 'Third Fridays' 'Giants of Buffalo' 2016

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Wed, Mar 2nd 2016 11:45 am
Russell Salvatore and Diane English (Submitted photos)
Russell Salvatore and Diane English (Submitted photos)

Russell J. Salvatore and Diane English honored for extraordinary contributions

The Buffalo History Museum announces its fourth annual "Giants of Buffalo" program. Local hospitality sage Russell Salvatore and award-winning television and film writer/producer Diane English will be feted at the M&T "Third Fridays" event this spring.

On Friday, April 15, at "Giants of Buffalo: Hospitality," Russell J. Salvatore will be honored for civic leadership through hospitality and philanthropy.

On Friday, May 20, at "Giants of Buffalo: Television & Film," Emmy, Peabody, Golden Globe and Writers Guild award-winner writer and English will be honored.

A 5:30 p.m. reception includes a cash bar, hors d'oeuvres and music in the state court. The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Buffalo History Museum auditorium, One Museum Court, Buffalo.  

Tickets are $10 for Buffalo History Museum members and $20 for the general public. Advance tickets will go on sale at the museum and online at www.buffalohistory.org (March 16 for hospitality and April 15 for television and film). The general public may call 716-873-9644, ext. 320, or, contact Megan at [email protected].

"Giants of Buffalo" is dedicated to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in their life's vocation. The program is themed around the honoree and engages the audience in an informal talk show. Topics include personal stories as experienced by career choices, industry practices, inevitable changes and the impact on this region. Pop-up exhibits feature related artifacts from the Buffalo History Museum collection or honorees memorabilia.

"Giants" honored are selected by a committee. Past recipients include radio (2013) - Sandy Beach, Shane Gibson, Danny Neaverth, Joey Reynolds and Stan Roberts; sports (2013) - Dan Starr, Booker Edgerson and Edward Rutkowski; music (2013) - Tommy Tedesco (posthumously); television (2014) - Irv Weinstein, Rick Azar and Tom Jolls; journalism (2014) - Lou Michel and Daniel J. Herbeck; food (2015) - Anchor Bar, Charlie the Butcher and Ted's; and lawyers for the defense (2015) - Paul Cambria, Joel Daniels and Terrence Connors.

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