Algonquin Studios is honored by their selection as the 2013 Outstanding Small Business by The Association of Fundraising Professionals – Western New York Chapter (AFP). The award will be presented to Algonquin’s CEO, Steven B. Raines, during the 2013 National Philanthropy Day Celebration to be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Buffalo, New York.
Algonquin Studios was nominated for the award by the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County for the company’s commitment to funding Buffalo Soccer Club, which was started in 2007, as the pilot program of Algonquin Sports for Kids, a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization with a dedicated to the development of youth sports programs in the City of Buffalo.
“When you consider how many twists and turns the economy has provided us since Buffalo Soccer Club was started--how many companies, large and small, have gone out of business; how many excuses were available to the owners and principals at Algonquin Studios to stop supporting Buffalo Soccer Club--it speaks volumes about the dedication and commitment the company has for its support of after-school athletics programs for the children of the City of Buffalo,” said Tom Garigen, President of BSC’s Board of Directors. “It’s no coincidence that dedication and commitment are two of the important qualities we try to instill in the boys and girls who participate as young athletes in Buffalo Soccer Club.”
“Algonquin Studios walks the walk and its financial commitment makes it that much easier for the leadership, coaches, volunteers, and family members involved in BSC to focus on providing our children with quality education and thoughtful mentorship, rather than worrying about where our funding will come from,” continued Garigen. “Simply put, BSC couldn’t continue to offer the more than 500 players we have on our teams with the fun and educational soccer, health, and nutrition programming we do without the support of Algonquin Studios.”
National Philanthropy Day is an annual celebration of benevolent donations of time, talent and treasure that acknowledges individuals and organizations whose lifetime or long-term achievements have made a significant impact on the Western New York community. As many as 500 guests, not-for-profit organizations, community leaders and business people gather together annually to publicly honor those whose actions help to build a better Buffalo and WNY community. This year’s event will additionally feature Andrew Watt, President and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and celebrate 25 years of this important celebration in Western New York.
A selection committee comprised of past AFP Award Winners reviewed each nominee based on AFP’s selection criteria and historical standards of achievement to determine this year’s winners.