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MINI Cooper Climbs Central Terminal to Kick Off New Fundraiser

A large crane lifted a MINI
Cooper to its temporary perch just below the clock face of the Buffalo Central Terminal
tower yesterday morning. Raising the MINI on the building marks the kick-off to
a fundraiser for the continued restoration efforts of this east side landmark.

Towne Automotive has donated
a two-year lease on the MINI Cooper and tickets will be sold for $10,
commencing the annual Dyngus Day celebration at the Central Terminal on April 1
Tickets will be available for the six months following the Dyngus Day event
until the Oktoberfest event.

“We are very pleased to help
the Buffalo Central Terminal Restoration Corporation as they renovate our
iconic Buffalo landmark,” stated Towne Automotive Group CEO Franklin G.
Downing, Jr. “This MINI is a full-size replica of the brand new MINI Cooper
that we are providing to the lucky winner. Towne MINI is also going to pay the
winner’s sales tax on the two year lease. Our hope is that it will raise many
thousands to get the roof repaired so the Terminal can start their interior

Lockport’s Clark Companies –
Rigging and Rentals is providing the crane and an operator to hoist the vehicle
to the top of the tower. The company has done many such unusual projects
throughout their history, including lowering a car at the Buffalo Ball Drop and
assisting Nick Wallenda at his historic tightrope walk across Niagara Falls
last summer. “This time, we’re just hoisting a car up the side of the building
minus the thousands of onlookers, so it should be relatively easy,” stated
company Vice President Steve Clark.

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Revelers at the Easter
Monday party at the Central Terminal put on by Dyngus Day Buffalo Co- founders
Eddie Dobosiewicz and Marty Biniasz at various stops throughout Buffalo’s East
Side, will get first crack at purchasing a chance on the MINI Cooper two year lease.
Other opportunities to purchase tickets will be available at 6-10 more events
throughout the WNY area within the 6 month period.

This Cooper Caper was
coordinated by Towne MINI, Airborne Eddy Dobosiewicz and the Buffalo Central
Terminal Restoration Corporation. Eddy brought in
substitute for Anderson
and still delivered a Cooper to the Terminal in
time for the Dyngus Day Event on the Plaza.

“We are so grateful for the
donation of the MINI lease from our friends at Towne Automotive Group”, stated
Marilyn Rodgers, Executive Director of Buffalo Central Terminal Restoration
Corporation, “we have ambitious plans to renovate and eventually lease-out the
Terminal, so such donations are vital to our restoration efforts.”

The Terminal will have the
MINI Cooper displayed throughout the contest period, which will end later this
summer. Jeff Ingersoll of Ingersoll Painting and Construction is assisting in
the securing of the vehicle on the tower.

Written by Mike Puma

Mike Puma

Writing for Buffalo Rising since 2009 covering development news, historic preservation, and Buffalo history. Works professionally in historic preservation.

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