Ralph C. Wilson Jr.'s Charitable Contributions

March 25, 2014 Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 7:19 PM EDT

By Hannah Buehler

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March 25, 2014 Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 7:19 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) Mr. Ralph C. Wilson Jr. was known for his charitable works and contribution to the Western New York area.

He cared deeply about giving back. Through his Ralph Wilson Foundation, he was able to provide full-ride scholarships to shining students, give to hospitals including Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and preserve the game of football through his Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Research and Preservation Center at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was also an active contributor to Hospice.

In 2003 and 2007, Wilson was named Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year by the Western New York Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

His wife, Mary, also very involved with the Western New York community. Wilson’s Western New York Girls in Sports clinic provides young girls the opportunity to develop and find passion in sports. The clinic meets two times a year, at the Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse.

Many are celebrating the great life of the Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame owner - remembering him as one of the most giving, passionate owners in the history of sports.