Ralph Wilson Jr. Foundation Gives Largest Philanthropic Gift Ever To Buffalo
Ralph Wilson Jr. passed away almost 5 years ago and through his foundation, he is still giving back to the Buffalo area.
This time The Ralph Wilson Jr. Foundation's gift will be one of Western New York's biggest philanthropic gifts ever.
According to The Buffalo News, they have announced donations to both Buffalo and Detroit. Both cities will benefit from a $100 million donation (to each city) to help reform parks and turn them into trails.
In Buffalo that will mean reforming LaSalle Park on Buffalo's lower west side and turning it into a signature park and completed trail.
The announcement came on what would have been his 100th birthday.
"We are proud and honored to celebrate Ralph's birthday today with a lasting gift that matches in scale the passion and pride he had for his hometown of Detroit and 'adopted' hometown of Buffalo, where he founded and owned the Buffalo Bills," - Mary Wilson, Ralph Wilson's widow and a lifetime trustee of the foundation.
The design process will start next and is expected to last 12-18 months and they expect the transformation to actually start in 2020.