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SHAREHOLDERS SOCIETY

OUR PURPOSE

The landscape of college athletics today requires that athletic departments continuously look for ways to enhance our athletic facility infrastructure. As such, the Shareholders Society was established for the sole purpose of providing critical resources for facility improvement and new facility construction.

Shareholders Society contributors, through their commitment, are recognizing the importance of providing our coaches and student-athletes with facilities that are commensurate with a championship program. All Shareholders Society dollars are restricted to facility improvements designated as strategic priorities by our athletic director.

CURRENT SHAREHOLDERS
  • (2) Anonymous

  • Marc and Patti Adler

  • Ron and Nancy Balter

  • Jason and Grace Bird

  • Kevin and Elizabeth Brinkworth

  • Ed and Veronica Cavan
  • Mark Celeste

  • Paul Ciriello

  • Robert and Elizabeth Evans

  • Karl and Dawn Fischer

  • Chuck and Ann Fourtner

  • Trace George and Family

  • John Heffernan

  • The Walter Heymann Family

  • Fred Kogut

  • Lance and Kelly Leipold

  • Don and Karen Maricle

  • Mike and Kelsey Masucci

  • Tom and Julie McManus

  • Jim and Carolyn McNally

  • Tunney Murchie and Family

  • Tom and Cynthia Murphy

  • Reg and Carol Newman

  • Paul Nussbaum

  • Jeff Ortman and Family

  • Craig and Cristina Polston

  • Mary Anne Rokitka

  • Wayne and Karen Rozen

  • Burt Rubin

  • Art and Audrey Russ

  • D. Mike Ryall

  • Paul Santora and Family

  • Brandon and Bianca Shaughnessy

  • Dr. Bob Smolinski and Dr. Claudia Fosket

  • Dan and Karen Sperrazza

  • Wojciech and Denise Starakiewicz

  • Gregg Stephan

  • Ed and Candice Tyrrell

  • Don and Bonnie Tripi

  • Scott Wexler and Family

WHAT OUR SHAREHOLDERS ARE SAYING

Tom & Cynthia Murphy

(4 year Letterwinner – Football)

“Cynthia and I have lived in Buffalo for over 30 years and have been connected to UB since our return from Michigan in ‘79. I owe my success in business and investments to my family and the football scholarship I received from UB in 1965. The spectacular growth at UB in the past 10 years has been unbelievable. Cynthia and I are very happy to play a small part in this growth by being a member of the Shareholders Society. We reach out to everyone in WNY to become a member of the Shareholders Society or the Blue and White Fund. UB is a world-class institution and athletics is a critical component. Go Bulls!”

John Heffernan

(Buffalo community member)

“Having lived in Buffalo for 33 years, UB is my adopted university. I have been fortunate in my business and personal life and feel it is time to give back and help others achieve their goals. I am involved in many local service and charitable organizations and especially interested in helping build UB into “America’s next big-time college Athletics Brand.” This is critical for the growth of the institution as a whole. We will accomplish this one step at a time. Right now the goal is building the new field house. I am proud to be a small part of this effort. Go UB!”

Drs. Bob Smolinski & Claudia Fosket

(MD ’83 & ’85)

“I’ve been involved with UB Athletics for many years. I’ve seen numerous changes as the program has evolved. Being able to give back to the university that has meant so much to my family and myself is rewarding. Having the support of my partners in such a transformational capital improvement was something that was also very important. Being able to see the dedicated UB student-athletes using this world class facility on a daily basis gives me confidence that the overall experience of the student-athlete is getting better every day. We’re happy and proud to contribute to the positive transformation that’s taking place within UB Athletics!”

Wayne & Karen Rozen

(BS Business Administration ’64)

“Karen and I are enthusiastic supporters of UB in general and Men’s Basketball in particular. Additionally we are proud members of the Shareholders Society. During my time at Buffalo I made many close friendships which have continued to endure. While attending the university I was very fortunate to have a wonderful mentor and role model in basketball coach, Ed Muto for which I’ll always be grateful. We’re proud to be associated with UB and envision a wonderful present and future for the school. Go Bulls!”

YOUR COMMITMENT

This purely philanthropic pledge signifies an ongoing and reoccurring commitment, by you, to support our program at the highest level. With this commitment, we can forecast future contributions and often times move forward with critically important facility enhancements, knowing we have your steadfast dedication to see our strategic priorities come to fruition.

Shareholders Society contributors, through their commitment, are recognizing the importance of providing our coaches and student-athletes with facilities that are commensurate with a championship program. All Shareholders Society dollars are restricted to facility improvements designated as strategic priorities by our athletic director.

WHY IT’S POSSIBLE
  • New York’s only public, Division-I FBS athletic department

  • 1 of 22 public flagship, AAU member institutions participating in Div. I-A athletics

  • Ranked 49th among all public universities

  • Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Business and Engineering all ranked top 100

  • The University at Buffalo has a $1.7 billion annual impact on Western New York

  • Located within 500 miles of 11 of the top 50 U.S. media markets

  • City of Buffalo is the 51st largest media market in the country

  • Over 220,000 alumni worldwide; 198,522 residing in the U.S.

  • Over 125,000 alumni in New York State

  • Over 85,000 in WNY, over 35,000 in New York City

For more information about Shareholders Society, please contact:

Jeremy Applegate

Associate AD for Development & Premium Seating

  • 716-645-6832

  • jta2@buffalo.edu

Eric Gross

Deputy Director of Athletics External Operations

Eric Gross serves as the deputy athletic director for external operations. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing development, sponsorship, ticketing, marketing and promotions as well as broadcasting and athletic communications.  Additionally, he serves as sport supervisor for men’s basketball…

  • (716) 645-6867

  • etgross@buffalo.edu

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