Unlimited beer and wine with ticket purchase.
Basket raffle with various selections.
Light snacks included. Ru’s Pierogi Food Truck will also be on site!
Featuring a live band and DJ, games, and photobooth!
What is Buffalonia?
Buffalonia is a celebration of our great city, its heritage and the great work that is accomplished when all members of the community come together to fill a need.
As the annual fundraising event for the Matt Urban Human Services Center, Buffalonia helps support the programs and initiatives offered to more than 21,000 residents each year.
This year, the Matt Urban Center celebrates 42 years of service in the community. Join us for an evening of local talent, food and cheer! We rely on the generosity of our corporate partners for a successful event.
What is the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Center?
The center is named after the most-decorated war veteran in American history: a WWII hero born and raised in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. The mission of the Matt Urban Center is to provide programs that revitalize neighborhoods, serve families and change lives. The Matt Urban Center serves all members of the community, from infants to seniors, homeowners to the homeless.
Number of homeless individuals housed by Matt Urban street outreach in 2017
Number of crime victims (and their families) assisted by Matt Urban in 2017
Number of elderly clients who were able to stay in their own residence (rather than being moved to an assisted-living facility) in 2017
Number of individuals served by the emergency shelter in 2017
"Leah" arrived at Hope House shelter jobless, with bills piling up and a 10-year-old daughter to care for, and grappling with an autoimmune disease with no access to a primary care provider.
Our caseworkers lined her up with a primary care physician and helped her set up payment plans to manage her back bills. Staff also provided supports for Leah’s daughter, arranging school transportation and providing her with learning materials and clothing.
Leah and her daughter were successfully housed through the Rapid Rehousing Program. Leah was also accepted into a Medical Coding Program, putting her on the path back to finding a career.
"Sharon" arrived to the shelter in January feeling extremely frustrated and defeated.
From her first meeting with her caseworker, Sharon began learning how to accept her past, face her fears, focus on positive thinking, and striving to make life better for herself and her daughter. Sharon's goal was to establish counseling for herself and find housing. She began diligently searching and was accepted into the Rapid Rehousing program. She also made a connection with Best Self Behavioral Health.
After securing housing, Shannon was nominated to receive an Emergency Section 8 voucher and was accepted into the program. She has officially moved into her new apartment and will begin regular counseling sessions.
Lisa and Tim
Couple "Lisa and Tim" made their way to the Hope Center after a series of setbacks during their move from North Carolina to Buffalo.
Lisa came with a history of substance abuse, but had been clean for a while and wanted to stay that way, despite the instability in her housing situation and living in an unfamiliar new state. Our caseworkers were able to make referrals to help Lisa and Tim find landlords, counseling resources, benefits prior to securing jobs, and employment resources.
Tim and Lisa secured housing and stable jobs. Lisa continues to stay clean from drug use, while working to rebuild her relationship with her son who is in the care of her mother. Tim has stable employment and is now working toward his goal of going back to school to pursue a trade.
Thank you to our generous donors for making this event possible!
Bocce Club Pizza
Buffalo Iron Works
Raffle Prize Donors
Black Button Distilling
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Queen City Escape Room
Russell's Steaks, Chops & More
Water Bikes of Buffalo