Cultural Organizations Receive Donation Checks

September 21, 2011 Updated Sep 21, 2011 at 8:46 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

September 21, 2011 Updated Sep 21, 2011 at 8:46 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) In the wake of last year's budget cuts, many groups and organizations dedicated to the arts here in Western New York found themselves severely lacking funding. Now those organizations can breathe a little easier, thanks to the generosity of the communities in which they operate.

Wednesday morning, representatives from various cultural arts programs lined up at the Buffalo Public Library downtown for the presentation of checks from the "Give for Greatness" campaign.

"We envision a thriving arts and cultural presence in Western New York. One that benefits its citizens, enhances tourism, and nurtures the development of artists," Megan Callahan, the Executive Director of the organization, said Wednesday.

The campaign raises money for cultural programs of all types, including photography, painting, poetry, sculpture, dance, theatre, music, literary arts, and arts education.

The cultural organizations received checks totaling $90,000 to help fund these organizations and all they do.

"One hundred percent of that is going to the beneficiaries. None of that is going to anything else," Callahan said.

Among the recipients was James Sandoro of the Pierce Arrow Transportation Museum.

"It's a small amount but it doesn't matter. It's the idea of how they organized it now for the future to be able to help all of those small organizations," he said.

"Give for Greatness" money will allow the museum to hire employees to work in their new building, and get more people involved in discovering what Buffalo has to offer.

"It's big for Buffalo. We're going to hold a few events there. We're going to have our Pierce Arrows out on the street. We're gonna have Pierce Arrow at the airport in the baggage claim area so when people come from all over the world, the Pierce Arrow will be one of the first things they will see," Sandora said.

"Give for Greatness" is still accepting donations for their next campaign. To donate go to