WNY Heroes News & Announcements

I Hate Chocolate…Said No One Ever!

It’s simple. Visit our office, say “Hello” to the staff, support local Heroes by purchasing some boxes of delicious crispy chocolate bars by Niagara Chocolate, and watch these double sized bars fly off your desk at work.

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Adopt-A-Hero!

These are just a fraction of the items donated by you, our supporters, waiting to be picked up by local Veterans and their immediate families. Thanks to you, over 100 Veteran families will have a much brighter holiday season.

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Ugliest Snowblower Contest

This Marine (left) has one less thing to worry about this winter after being one of this year’s winners of a brand new snowblower, purchased by WNY Heroes from Hector’s Hardware.

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Gala Exceeds All Expectations

This year’s Gala saw a record number of attendees, the best donated auction items yet, and an annual effort to remind all that the event at Seneca Niagara Casino was all about our local Veterans. This year’s Veteran of the Year award went Command Sergeant Major Edwin L. Garris seen here receiving the award by board member, Barbara Oliver. Barbara is a graduate gemologist and designed the award.

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Scholarship Appreciated

Here’s what a recent recipient had to say about getting one of our William E. Kramp, Jr. scholarships: “I cannot thank you enough for your generosity…I will be able to walk across that stage and earn my Bachelors in Social Work in May 2019, knowing that there are organizations in the Western New York Community that will always have my six.” -Amanda

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Pumpkins for the the Youngins!

October saw lots of boys and ghouls get ready for Halloween by picking out a pumpkin, enjoying a show, and going on a hayride. Everyone had a great time. All the children are the dependents of those who’ve served. We can’t give moms and dads back the time they may have missed with their families while serving, but we can start build tomorrow’s memories, today.

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Biron Backs the Best!

Navy Veteran Adam Hoopengardener recently enjoyed a Sabres game with WNY Heroes and visited with former first round pick and Sabres goalie Marty Biron. The Sabres beat the Vegas Golden Knights in the early season match up. It’s not often fans can walk into the arena in shorts and not freeze! A win all the way around.

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Volunteer Profile: Rick Sepanski!

Before volunteering with WNY Heroes, Rick Sepanski served in the Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant all over the world. Rick has donated his time and effort at local events and also recently touched base with countless Veterans, letting them know about our current “Adopt A Hero” program for the holidays. WNY Heroes simply couldn’t function as well as it does without reliable, selfless people like Rick.

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Jams + “KISS This” + WNY Heroes = Help for Veterans!

A recent trip to Attica found a local music store getting some help from a KISS tribute band in their effort to aid our cause. Volunteer Kelly Rossi, seen with the band, enjoyed the music while educating the public about WNY Heroes programs, made possible by the generousity of local donors.

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DD-214 Coffee Club Meets

The last Friday of each month gives Veterans from any branch from any era an opportunity to start the day off right. The inaugural meeting saw a great mix of about 13 female and male Vets gather at a local restaurant, some with service animals. All were well behaved, including the dogs! Those who didn’t know one another got better acquainted as the conversations, reminiscing, coffee, and even tea started flowing. Since its inception, the clubs attendance has continued to prove what a great idea this was.

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