After hearing about the recent vandalism that took place at Delaware Park, the community has come together in a way that shows just how tight-knit Buffalo can be. Small donations have poured in to help defray the cost of the repairs that include graffiti removal, fountain fixing, playground slide replacement, etc. As much as the small donations have helped to alleviate expenses, Olmsted weighed the damage against the incoming funds, leaving the non-profit organization wondering where additional support would come from – especially with the wedding season so close at had. It would be two additional phone calls that would put all concerns to rest.
The first call came from HSBC, with a pledge of $5000. The second came from Labatt in the amount of $7500. Between the generous donations of the two companies, Olmsted will be able to completely repair the damage to the park. Olmsted Director and CEO Thomas Herrera-Mishler was overjoyed after receiving the initial call from HSBC. When the second call came in, he realized that his worries concerning the incident were over. “Without the money in-hand, we wouldn’t be able to immediately make the
repairs,” said Herrera-Mishler. “There will be many brides and grooms
toasting Labatt for their generosity.”
As an added bonus, the community has also rallied to support the cause. A tally of $1000 in private donations thus far will allow The Conservancy to research and potentially purchase anti-graffiti paint, which can be expensive. The positive strides made after the deplorable incident will hopefully allow Olmsted to implement further successes in coming days.
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