Bills Give to Local Charities

July 19, 2011 Updated Jul 19, 2011 at 12:05 PM EDT

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Bills Give to Local Charities

July 19, 2011 Updated Jul 19, 2011 at 12:05 PM EDT

Orchard Park, NY – (Bills Media Release) The Buffalo Bills announced today that the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation (BBYF) has awarded over $200,000 in grants to 58 local charitable organizations.

The BBYF was established in 1986 and since then has awarded over three million dollars to local charitable organizations to support the Western New York Community.

The 2011 grants awarded by the Bills will go to 58 area charitable organizations. Grant recipients received a letter from the Bills informing them of their awards last week.

“The Buffalo Bills are proud to support the youth in the Western New York community and assist in providing them with opportunities to become better educated and more physically fit through our Youth Foundation’s grant program,” said Ralph Wilson, Jr., Bills chairman and president, “We look forward to continuing our Bills Youth Foundation grant program and supporting area charitable organizations that do such great work in our community.”

The Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation accepts grant requests each year and organizations are encouraged to visit the Bills website at buffalobills.com to apply for a potential grant.

Established in 1986 by the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation (BBYF) is a not-for-profit organization that primarily supports charitable organizations that emphasize improving the quality of life for youth in Western New York. Over 200 thousand dollars in grants were awarded to 58 organizations in 2011, and over three million dollars in grants have been awarded since the BBYF’s inception. Grant applicants with specific programs that encourage and support education, health & fitness and youth football are looked upon favorably. For more information on the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation or the Bills in the Community, please visit buffalobills.com or call 716-648-1800.

Founded in 1959, the Buffalo Bills are one of the most storied franchises in the National Football League (NFL). The Bills have won two American Football League (AFL) Championships (1964 - 1965) and won an NFL record four straight AFC Championships (1990 - 1993) that included four trips to the Super Bowl. The Bills pride themselves on being actively involved in the Western New York community by establishing player outreach programs, supporting educational and community service initiatives, encouraging health and wellness and providing opportunities for local youth football players. Under the guidance of Hall of Fame member and original team founder, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., the Bills are proud to be a member of the Western New York community for over 50 years. For more information on the Bills in the Community, please visit buffalobills.com or call (716) 648-1800.

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