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KeyBank & First Niagara Foundation award $10,000 in support of Highland Clubhouse revitalization project


Thu, Sep 23rd 2021 08:35 pm

Highland Clubhouse has received a grant of $10,000 from KeyBank and the First Niagara Foundation to support the development of a community space where neighbors of all ages are welcomed for activities and education that foster improvement in the community.

Co-founders of the clubhouse, Keyona Dunn (founder of Wish Mentoring) and Krista Ehasz (program associate at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY) said they are grateful for the support they have received from KeyBank and First Niagara Foundation.

Dunn said, "This is well-needed funds for us to continue our efforts in the Highland community, and we appreciate KeyBank and First Niagara Foundation believing in our efforts."

Ehasz added, "We will continue to work on the Highland community's behalf and are thankful to receive additional resources for our efforts.

“This is no easy undertaking, and we welcome additional support in terms of volunteers, expertise and funding." 

The award will be put toward property renovation at 1111 Grove Ave., Niagara Falls, to create a positive and welcoming space for youth and families in the neighborhood, allowing Highland Clubhouse to further its mission of providing programming and services that take a holistic approach to alleviate poverty and building generational wealth in the Highland area. 

Highland Clubhouse is a nonprofit organization focused on providing a safe community space for the residents of the Highland neighborhood in Niagara Falls. Learn more at www.highlandclubhouse.com.

Founded in 1998, the First Niagara Foundation will carry out the philanthropic legacy of First Niagara Bank, which was acquired by KeyBank in 2016. The foundation, in partnership with KeyBank, supports not-for-profit organizations dedicated to empowering individuals and neighborhoods primarily in Western New York. For more information, visit http://www.firstniagarafoundation.org.

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