December 10, 2013Dear Friends of the Buffalo Maritime Center:
When you walk through our facility at 90 Arthur Street in Black Rock it is hard to believe that we’re only celebrating our second anniversary here. With your help, we’ve made an amazing transformation of this wonderful old building. It is amazing, in fact!
Just over a year ago we came to you asking for help to meet some pretty large goals and objectives. The generosity of M&T Bank, and the Margaret L. Wendt and John R. Oishei Foundations was matched by our members, volunteers and friends who responded to our appeals for support, and our calls for a helping hand. Everywhere you look in this building there is visible proof of a dedicated force at work to make things better.
The past year has seen:
- A successful campaign that has turned a 27,000 square foot industrial building into a functional community learning center that five cultural partners now call home.
- A series of renovation projects that provide a nearly completed model shop, library, restoration shop, offices, and very classy restroom facility. The work has been a joint effort with our partners,Niagara Frontier Antique and Classic Boats, Inc. and the Buffalo Model Boat Club who occupy some of those spaces.
- A long term partnership with the Maritime Charter School of Western New York which has 12 student boat builders working at BMC for two periods a week for the entire 2013-2014 school year in a credit bearing course. Additional educational partners includedBuffalo State College’s STEP Program, the Charter School for Applied Technologies, and the Hillside Academy.
- Expanded Summer “on the water” projects with over 70 students who got out on the water in collaboration with our partner Buffalo Urban Outdoor Education. Newly renovated Electra and Scajaquada provided expanded on the water service each Wednesday evening and for special events throughout the summer at Canalside. Our two replica War of 1812 bateaux were in frequent use, adding to the activity on the resurgent Buffalo waterfront.
Because of you, the Buffalo Maritime Center has achieved a great deal. We now have a shared responsibility to sustain these achievements and focus the service that these accomplishments summon. I promise you that we will set an even higher standard for exceptional service, workshops and programs in the coming year.
Please help make a difference by contributing to our membership appeal. Individuals who support the membership appeal are among the Maritime Center’s most dedicated contributors and are at the heart of our success.
Every member strengthens the organization! Your financial support makes possible the work of our staff and members who volunteer their time. Please complete the enclosed member envelope and return it with your contribution or go to our secure website www.BuffaloMaritimeCenter.org and make a contribution. Your support is important and very much appreciated. As a member, you make everything we do possible.
Buffalo Maritime Center
90 Arthur Street
Buffalo, NY 14207-2046
The Buffalo Maritime Center maintains original governing documents, 990 filings, financial statements and it’s conflict of interest policy at it’s office at 90 Arthur Street, Buffalo NY 14207. These documents are open to review by the public at the Center’s main office or by mail for a nominal copy and postage fee. Requests should be made to Roger Allen at 716-881-0111 or by email at info@BuffaloMaritimeCenter.org.