Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Community Foundation Awards more than $43,000 for Local Ballet & Opera Organizations

Sep 13, 2016 | Posted in News

Buffalo,NY– The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo on behalf of the Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts today announced awards of more than $43,000 to four Western New York nonprofit organizations for the 2016 granting cycle. The Bauman Fund for the Arts administers grants annually to Western New York organizations that specialize in the arts and cultural sectors, particularly within the areas of traditional, classical ballet and opera.

The2016 Bauman Fund for the Arts grant recipients include:

  • Ballet Artists of WNY, Inc. dba Neglia Ballet
  • Buffalo Chamber Players
  • Buffalo Opera Unlimited
  • Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet

    The Bauman Fund for the Arts was established in 1996 by Sarah Bauman Baxter as a unique way to carry on her father’s name, Oliver Bauman, forever. Mrs. Baxter and her father shared a love of the classics, including ballet and opera. When Mrs. Baxter passed away she translated that shared interest into a legacy gift that she hoped would “perpetuate the appreciation of such fine arts as an important and integral part” of the arts and cultural community Western New York.

    “For more than 96 years, the Community Foundation has worked tirelessly on behalf of clients who have asked the Foundation to manage their charitable assets and carry on their family’s legacy according to their wishes,” said Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, Community Foundation for Greater President andCEO. “Thanks to the foresight of Mrs. Baxter, now, two decades later, the classical traditions of ballet and opera have become a consistent part of Western New York’s cultural community. We are honored to perpetuate the charitable legacy of Mrs. Baxter which will continue to provide support to these organizations and programs, forever.”

    Since the Bauman Fund for the Arts was established 20 years ago, it has awarded more than $500,000 to Western New York nonprofit organizations for the benefit of the region’s arts and cultural communities. For more information on the Bauman Fund for the Arts grant process, please visitwww.cfgb.org/bauman.

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