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For Immediate Release:  August 5, 2020

Media Contacts:
Buffalo City Mission:  Jon Tashjian  | (716) 775-7930 | [email protected]

Russ Gives Again! Russell J. Salvatore Foundation Donates an Additional $200,000 to the Buffalo City Mission

Donation will help complete the Russell J. Salvatore Dining Room within the City Mission’s New Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise
Commitment marks a cumulative $450,000 donated by the Foundation


BUFFALO, NEW YORK — Today, the Russell J. Salvatore Foundation announced a $200,000 commitment to help complete the dining room in the Buffalo City Mission’s new Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise. The new room will be named the Russell J. Salvatore Dining Room, with a tag line that states, “Be our guest and let the City Mission do the rest.”

With this commitment, the Foundation has donated a total of $450,000 to the project.

“The Buffalo City Mission is humbled by Russell J. Salvatore Foundation’s generosity, and for their unwavering belief in our work,” said Stuart Harper, CEO and Executive Director of the Buffalo City Mission. “Our new dining room will be a gathering place of togetherness, where our residents can make meaningful connections with each other. The Foundation’s gift will help ensure that these shared experiences are open to all, as they continue their journey to restoration and renewal.”

“It is our honor and privilege to support the Buffalo City Mission’s important work for the homeless in our region,” said Russell J. Salvatore, Founder of the Russell J. Salvatore Foundation. “As a business owner and proud member of this community, I work hard to ensure that every guest is well cared for. On behalf of the Foundation, we are proud to support the City Mission in their important work. This is about doing what you love, and loving who you serve.”

The new dining room will serve as an important communal hub in the City Mission’s new Community Center, representing a place where the region’s homeless can share meals and heal together on their road to recovery.

“The generosity shown by Russ Salvatore and his Foundation is extraordinary,” said Aubrey Calhoun, Associate Executive Director of the Buffalo City Mission. “Today’s gift is an inspirational example of the power this community has to make positive change for those who need it most. As we close the gap on our target fundraising goal for this new Center, we are deeply grateful to Russ and his team for helping us to advance our work for years to come.”

Scheduled to open soon, the 75,000 square foot flagship Center will provide preventative services on the front end to decrease the percentage of homelessness year-over-year for those who are on the brink of homelessness. It will also deliver more complete care to individuals who already experience homelessness. Notable features will include space for social service agencies, case management, mental health services, medical care, job training, basic family services, legal services, food, clothing and more.

The building is part of the City Mission’s vision moving into the next century to provide services that help prevent and decrease homelessness in the community. Today, approximately $14.1 million of a target $15 million has been committed or is in process – all through the City Mission’s Next Century Capital Campaign.

There are several ways for the community to help the City Mission finish its Next Century Capital Campaign strong:

  • Purchasing a personalized, engraved brick through the Pick-a-Brick campaign, which will help pave a pathway to a new life in front of the new Center. To learn more and choose your brick, visit
  • Sponsorship and naming rights opportunities for the Center’s community intake center, one of the residents’ remaining guest bedrooms, and three transitional housing resident quarters.

The Next Century Capital Campaign is under $1 million from its goal. To learn more about the campaign and how you can help make an impact in people’s lives, visit today at

About the Buffalo City Mission:

The Buffalo City Mission, founded in 1917, is a nonprofit organization providing preventative, emergency, and transitional housing programs to thousands of people who are homeless and impoverished every year. The Mission includes a Women and Children’s Shelter (Cornerstone Manor), the Men’s Community Center, and the Dick Road thrift store to serve the Western New York community. For more information, please visit or call (716) 854-8181.

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About the Russell J. Salvatore Foundation:

The Russell J. Salvatore Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making Buffalo a better place to live. Founded by business owner, restauranteur and philanthropist Russell J. Salvatore, the organization provides support for regional schools, businesses and nonprofit organizations to champion their community impact and individual missions to improve the quality of life in the community. 

Press Release Archive

08/05/2020 – Russell J. Salvatore Foundation Donates an Additional $200,000 to the Buffalo City Mission
06/25/2020 – Buffalo City Mission Receives $20,000 from Citi and National Disability Institute
05/20/2020 – Jericho Road Opens New Medical Clinic in Buffalo City Mission’s New Community Center
04/17/2020 – BCM launches New Volunteer Program in Response to COVID-19
03/17/2020 – BCM – COVID-19 Updates Release
02/06/2020 – Mission Possible Food Drive raises more than 25,000 canned goods
01/23/2020 – Patrick P. Lee Foundation Announces $450,000 Commitment
01/13/2020 – “Pick-a-Brick” Foundation to Raise $1 million
12/19/2019 – Delaware North Announces $500,000 Commitment to BCM
11/28/2019 – BCM Partners with FeedMore WNY for “Turkey Express”
11/14/2019 – North Tonawanda Foundation Announces $500,000 Commitment to BCM
11/01/2019 – BCM Launches 2019 Turkey Drive
10/10/2019 – BCM Fall 2019 Fundraiser
09/24/2019 – Mission Possible Opening Ceremony 2019
05/10/2019 – Mission Possible Food Drive Challenge
04/16/2019 – Topping Out Ceremony
04/09/2019 – Easter Community Meal
02/26/2019 – Rich Family Foundation Announcement
02/14/2019 – Kaleida Health Foundation Announcement
01/17/2019 – BCM Raises $2.43 Million, Expresses Gratitude
01/31/2019 – Alfiero Family Foundation Announces $1 Million Commitment
10/25/2018 – Salvatore Foundation Announces $200,000 Commitment
10/04/2018 – BCM – Mission Possible Kickoff and Fall Campaign 2018
09/19/2018 – BCM – Groundbreaking Ceremony
05/08/2018 – Mission Possible Food Drive Challenge raises 32,220 canned goods for the poor and hungry in Western New York
05/01/2018 – Buffalo City Mission Recaps Next Century Gala: Launches Public Phase of Next Century Capital Campaign
03/27/2018 – Buffalo City Mission Plants Seeds of Hope to the Impoverished in Buffalo With a Successful Easter Celebration
03/08/2018 – GEICO Builds 5,500 CanStruction for the Hungry through the Mission Possible Food Drive Challenge
02/06/2018 – $3.26 Million Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Grant Sponsored by M&T Bank
01/18/2018 – Mission Thanks the Community: Announces Meeting 2017 Fall Campaign Goal
10/24/2017 – M&T Bank Awards $200,000 Grant Toward Mission’s Next Century Capital Campaign
10/11/2017 – Mission Accepts $300,000 Grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation for Next Century Capital Campaign
10/03/2017 – Mission launched its Mission Possible Program with a focus on STEM education
09/20/2017 – Mission Celebrates 100th Year Centennial and Launches 2017 Annual Fall Campaign
05/09/2017 – Mission Possible Food Drive School Challenge – Winners and Totals
03/24/2017 – Thrift Store Makeover – Valu Home Centers and Pratt&Lambert
11/01/2016 – Turkey Drive to Provide Thanksgiving For Those In Need
10/11/2016 – One Mission, One Hope Fall Campaign
09/29/2016 – Mission Possible: Food Drive School Challenge
08/13/2016 – 10th Annual Ride for the Homeless
07/14/2016 – John R. Oishei Foundation Grant
05/23/2016 – Dollar General Grant
01/22/2016 – 2015 Fall Campaign Summary

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