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Local trustee of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation speaking at Rotary Club meeting

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Mon, Dec 5th 2016 12:05 pm

Rotary Club of Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus meeting at 5 p.m. is free and open to the public

David Colligan, principal of Colligan Law in downtown Buffalo - selected to the prestigious position as one of only two Buffalo-based trustees of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation - will speak at tonight's Rotary Club of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus meeting at 5 p.m.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation was established in 2015 after the founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills, Ralph C. Wilson Jr., passed in March of that year. Wilson directed $1.2 billion from the proceeds of the sale of the team to Terry and Kim Pegula to his foundation. That immediately made it, by far, one of the largest private foundations in the U.S.

Wilson wanted to ensure his gifts would not only have a lasting impact, but also an immediate impact during the lifetimes of those who knew him best.

Unlike many foundations that operate in such a way as to create a permanent legacy, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation was established with a specific mandate to spend down its funds entirely by 2035. The foundation trustees are charged with determining worthy causes to support in Wilson's hometown regions of Southeast Michigan and his adopted hometown of Western New York.

Colligan, a key leader in this community, is in a position as trustee to make decisions that will have a dramatic impact on Western New York over the next two decades. He will share his perspective and insights on how the foundation will go about meeting its mandate.

The Rotary Club of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus meeting begins promptly at 5 p.m. at the Gates Vascular Institute, 875 Ellicott St., fifth-floor conference room. Nonmembers may attend as guests, and Rotary members from other clubs in the district are always welcome.

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