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OLMSTED EVENT: 14th Annual FLO Gala

September 9, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

FLO Gala_Thank you

Special thanks to all who made our 14th Annual FLO Gala amazing. View photos from the gala at the slideshow below or at https://flic.kr/s/aHskJi2Lx7

14th Annual FLO Gala | South Park | September 9, 2016

Each and every Olmsted landscape is a work of art, a masterpiece, and yours to treasure. This year, we look forward to celebrate Olmsted’s work at the 14th Annual FLO Gala in South Park with you.

“Born and raised in South Buffalo, Buffalo Olmsted Park’s beautiful South Park holds a special place in our hearts.  Through the years, I have enjoyed many reflective runs around the lake, taking in the picturesque nature of the park dotted with a wide variety of trees and shrubs. It truly is a special place to be.” – Congressman Brian Higgins

It is our pleasure to have Congressman Brian Higgins as our honorary chair at this year’s FLO Gala. A South Buffalo native, Congressman Higgins is a sixth term member of the United States House of Representatives serving New York’s 26th congressional district, which includes portions of Erie and Niagara Counties.


The theme of this year’s gala, Year of The Tree, is in conjunction with the ten-year anniversary of the October Storm of 2006. In less than 24 hours, more than 12,000 trees in the Olmsted Park System were damaged.  The aftermath was shocking and severe, and we remember mourning the loss of our signature urban forest.  The Olmsted Parks, Parkways and Circles, 1,200 acres in all, were significantly scarred. We would like to acknowledge the top ReLeaf stewards who supported the Conservancy’s restoration efforts following this unforeseen event. 

Date: September 9, 2016

Place: South Park

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Individual tickets: $275

Tables of 8: $2,000

MC: Linda Pellegrino, AM Buffalo Host

Auctioneer: Cash Cunningham


Year of The Tree Special Presentation

The Frederick Law Olmsted Award is presented to the top ReLeaf stewards who supported reforestation efforts after the October storm of 2006

  • Clement & Karen Arrison Family Charitable Foundation
  • The Cameron & Jane Baird Foundation
  • Peter C. Cornell Trust
  • Davis Family Foundation
  • HSBC Bank USA
  • M&T Bank
  • Pierce Family Charitable Foundation
  • Re-Tree WNY
  • Victor & Corinne Rice
  • The Western New York Foundation

Special Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:
Chase Bank

6, 7, 8 Club Sponsors:
BlueCross BlueShield of WNY | Delaware North | HSBC Bank USAM&T Bank | Rich Products | Wegmans 

Partner with the Parks (Platinum): 

Partner with the Parks (Gold): 
Hodgson Russ LLP | Phillips Lytle LLP

Media Sponsor:
The Buffalo News

Linda Pellegrino, host of AM Buffalo

This event has passed. Thank you for your interest. For more information, please contact Patty Mertens at 716-838-1249 ext. 10 or patty@bfloparks.org

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September 9, 2016
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy


South Park
Park Drive
Buffalo, NY 14218 United States
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