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State Senator Antoine Thompson Releases Grant Funds to 34 Community Organizations


    For Immediate Release
    September 22, 2010
    Contact: Lisa King| 404.587.4496 |

    Buffalo, NY – Various Buffalo neighborhoods and community groups will see sweeping improvements thanks to state grant money secured by NYS Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-parts of Erie & Niagara counties).  Distributed by the North West Buffalo Community Center, $181,000 was released today to help aid in furthering the mission of the recipients. 

    “So many groups do great works in the community, and this financial boost will help fund cultural projects, non-violence advocacy, health initiatives, economic revitalization and youth outreach,” said Senator Thompson.  These organizations deposit great contributions into the City of Buffalo, and I am pleased to be able to assist them in building better neighborhoods, block by block.”

    “The North West Buffalo Community Center steps in to help community organizations with breaking through the red tape when trying to secure needed funds,” explained Larry Pernick, Jr., executive director, North West Buffalo Community Center.  “Some of the smaller entities may not know how to navigate the system, so we might help with grant writing, contacting officials for them and distributing funds once it’s secured.  On behalf of all the recipients benefiting from the state grant, we are grateful to Senator Thompson for his generosity, and for delivering for his district.”

    Grant money was released to the following organizations:

    Asarese-Matters Community Center 
    Buffalo Film Festival   
    Buffalo State College, Office of College and Community Partnerships
    East Side Redevelopment Taskforce 
    Greater Niagara Ballet Company 



    HEAL International   
    International Institute of Buffalo 
    Iron Island Preservation Society of Lovejoy, Inc.
    Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, Inc.
    Jewish Family Services  
    League of Muslim Women  
    MAD DADs   
    Masten Jazz Festival  
    Muhammad’s School of Music  
    Naomi Chapter #10 OESPHA  
    NICYO: Buffalo Funk Fest  
    North West Buffalo Community Center 
    North West Buffalo Community Health Care Center
    Our Loving Arms   
    Parkside Community Association 
    Peace of the City Ministries  
    Planned Parenthood   
    Playback Theatre of Buffalo  
    Pratt Willert Community Center 
    Sorrento Cheese Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival
    Taking It To The Streets  
    The African Educational Alliance of WNY
    The Jazzy Steppers, Inc.  
    Tonawanda Football Clinic  
    Ujima Theatre Co.   
    Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research & Education on Women
    WUFO 1080 AM   
    YMCA Buffalo Niagara  

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