BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo will host its second
Scholarship Gala on Nov. 10 to raise funds for undergraduate and
graduate student scholarships across the university. The goal is to
raise $200,000, a 33 percent increase over last year's total.
Western New York business leaders Michele D. Trolli of M&T
Bank and Paul J. Harder of Cliffstar Corp. will serve as co-hosts
of the event, slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Center for the
Arts on UB's North (Amherst) Campus.
While nearly half of last year's UB undergraduate students
demonstrated financial need, only half of these students received
enough assistance through scholarships and grants. The other
students had to supplement their financial aid through student
loans, work-study programs and part-time work to fund their
education at UB.
"I believe it is a fundamental part of our mission to offer an
absolutely first-rate education to all qualified students," said
President John B. Simpson. "Sometimes financial considerations can
be the deciding factor in whether or not a student is
able to attend UB. The Scholarship Gala has become an
annual event that helps to raise awareness and support for these
Harder is chief executive officer of Cliffstar Corp., a
processor and producer of private-label fruit juices headquartered
in Dunkirk. He serves on the UB Foundation board of trustees and is
a supporter of the university's efforts to develop a
knowledge-based economy in Buffalo Niagara.
"I understand the value of an education and the associated costs
because three of my children have earned degrees from UB," Harder
said. "Scholarships are critical in ensuring academic
Trolli is executive vice president and chief information officer
at M&T Bank. She oversees the operation of four major segments
within the bank's Technology and Banking Operations Division. She
is a UB Foundation trustee and a member of its Finance
"As members of the business community and civic leaders, we must
support the University at Buffalo and its role in our region's
economic growth," Trolli said. "Scholarships allow us to educate a
diverse student body and develop our future leaders."
The event will feature student entertainment including Music and
Theatre students, Zodiaque Dance Company, Thunder of the East
Marching Band, Buffalo Chips, student athletes as volunteer hosts,
UB mascot Victor E. Bull and student cheerleaders. Dancing to the
Billy McEwen Band will follow dinner and a live auction by Cash
Cunningham. For ticket information, contact Suzanne Chamberlain at
(716) 829-2632, ext. 241 or firstname.lastname@example.org .