The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame partnered with Music To Remember WNY, Bridget’s Battle Foundation and WNY Drummers for Homeless People for a "3 For a Cause" fundraising event over the summer. The response and community outreach was so great, these organizations have decided to keep their music and mission flowing.
Under the umbrella of Hall of Fame Heals, outreach has expanded to deliver awareness, support and help to those in need in Western New York.
BMHOF President Anthony Casuccio said, “This is such an amazing opportunity for our organization to ‘Play it Forward’ and to expand our community programs by bringing that healing power of music to a whole new level.”
Music To Remember WNY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit program dedicated to providing music and entertainment to seniors, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, veterans and their families. It is a partner program of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame that originally carried on the mission for Musician Medics. BMHOF inductee and musician/songwriter Robin Grandin heads up MTR, and started it in memory of her mother, Dorothy Greene, who suffered from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The program partners and collaborates with upward of 20 memory care and assisted living senior facilities, and organizations to widen its outreach promoting the positive benefits of music.
Through fundraising music and concert events, Bridget’s Battle has raised more than $55,000 for Roswell Park, most recently for its angel fund, which provides nonmedical financial support to breast cancer patients and their families in need. Bridget’s Battle Foundation was developed by Tom Schuh, a local Buffalo musician and radio personality, in honor of his wife, Bridget, who passed away from breast cancer in 2014.
Through WNY Drummers for Homeless People, Will Schulmeister and his wife, Debbie, have collected thousands of dollars, new socks, underwear, and infant diapers at their shows and special fundraising events. They have placed numerous clothing donation barrels and donation boxes in just about every musical venue and in various locations in the Buffalo area. The money they receive in donations and clothing are given to St. Luke’s in Buffalo, Lighthouse in Niagara Falls, the Tonawanda Clothing Center in North Tonawanda, and Lockport Cares in Lockport. Will and Debbie are local, award-winning musicians who have played throughout the area.
Visit the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame website for more information on Hall of Fame Heals partnered programs: www.bmhof.org/hall-of-fame-heals.html.