"Give For Greatness" Campaign Will Continue

June 23, 2011 Updated Jun 23, 2011 at 8:46 AM EDT

By WKBW News

June 23, 2011 Updated Jun 23, 2011 at 8:46 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Megan Callahan has been named the new director of the "Give For Greatness" campaign to help cultural organizations in Western New York.

"Buffalo has one of the highest statistics for charitable giving in the entire country," Callahan told a gathering of media and arts supporters at the Albright Knox Art Gallery Wednesday.

Callahan was introduced as the head of the "Give For Greatness" cultural campaign at the Albright Knox news conference.

"Give For Greatness" began in March as a way to help cultural organizations in Western New York that were stripped of funding when the Erie County budget was slashed.

Since the effort began, the organization has raised over $90,000. This is in addition to the $430,000 put forth by "Fun For The Arts" and another $200,000 provided by the Buffalo Common Council.

Megan added, "It has cultivated a whole new generation of philanthropy and service. Even five dollars is now somebody who may be an honorary supporter of the arts as we move forward."

The success of the campaign has shined a new light on the arts community, bringing the groups together.

Over 50 cultural organizations are now being assisted through the G4G effort, which is up from the original 37 that were cut by the county. A funding committee has been set up to determine where the money goes.

Much of the credit for the success of "Give For Greatness" should go to ARTVOICE publisher Jamie Moses. He built the infrastructure and brought key community stakeholders together to develop, promote, and advance the effort.

Jamie told Eyewitness News, "I'm proud the campaign was successful, and I'm proud the people recognize it, because it's an affirmation that people recognize what we have here."

WKBW Channel 7 is a proud sponsor of the "Give For Greatness" campaign, along with M&T Bank, and ARTVOICE.

A link to the official site can be found at the "news links" section of wkbw.com