(Logo courtesy of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame)
Mon Oct 25, 2021 12:10 pm
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 this summer. The response and outreach from the community has been so good that these organizations have decided to keep their music and mission moving.
Under the auspices of Hall of Fame Heals, outreach has expanded to educate, support and assist those in need in western New York State.
BMHOF President Anthony Casuccio said, “This is an incredible opportunity for our organization to ‘Play it Forward’ and expand our community programs by taking this healing power of music to a whole new level. “
Music To Remember WNY is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit program dedicated to providing music and entertainment to the elderly, patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, veterans and their families. This is a partner program of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame which initially had the mission of Musician Medics. BMHOF inductee and musician / composer Robin Grandin conducts MTR, and launched it in memory of his mother, Dorothy Greene, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The program partners and collaborates with more than 20 memory and assisted living facilities, as well as organizations to expand its reach by promoting the positive benefits of music.
Through musical events and fundraising concerts, Bridget’s Battle has raised over $ 55,000 for Roswell Park, most recently for its Angel Fund, which provides non-medical financial support to breast cancer patients and to their families in need. The Bridget’s Battle Foundation was developed by Tom Schuh, a local Buffalo musician and radio personality, in honor of his wife, Bridget, who died of breast cancer in 2014.
Thanks to WNY Drummers for Homeless People, Will Schulmeister and his wife, Debbie, have raised thousands of dollars in new baby socks, underwear and 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 various locations in the Buffalo area. The money they receive in donations and clothing goes to St. Luke’s in Buffalo, Lighthouse in Niagara Falls, Tonawanda Clothing Center in North Tonawanda, and Lockport Cares in Lockport. Will and Debbie are award winning local musicians who have performed throughout the region.
Visit the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame website for more information on Hall of Fame Heals partner programs: www.bmhof.org/hall-of-fame-heals.html.