Erie County Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo announces that several organizations from his district have been awarded Primetime Funding for 2017. The Legislature secured $500,000 at its May 25, 2017 session.
“I am excited to announce that several organizations in my district will be receiving Primetime Funding this year to provide programming to local youth this summer. This funding is used in a variety of ways, from providing scholarships to internships that are a great benefit for our young people and their families,” said Legislator Lorigo. “I have done several site visits and am always impressed with the opportunities created through the Primetime program. I am pleased the county was once again able to partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs and Cornell Cooperative Extension.”
The following organizations will receive Primetime Funding:
- Boys and Girls Club of East Aurora - $10,000
- Boys and Girls Club of Elma, Marilla & Wales - $10,000
- Boys and Girls Club of Holland - $10,000
- Cornell Cooperative Extension - $10,000
"Primetime Funding enables the Boys and Girls Club of East Aurora to reach more youth, expand our hours and positively impact the lives of the youth that we serve through job ready training, summer brain gain reading program and enables our staff to keep our youth physically and emotionally happy throughout the summer months. We couldn't provide the array of services without the support of the County Legislature and Legislator Lorigo. The funding truly makes a difference in the lives of the youth that we serve,” said Gary Schutrum, Chief Executive Officer for the Boys & Girls Club of East Aurora.
“The Boys & Girls Club of Holland has been extremely fortunate to have received Primetime funding this year and in years past. These funds have truly enabled our organization to fulfill our mission by inspiring and empowering all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. On behalf of our Board of Director, staff, and most importantly the youth and families we serve, I would like to thank the County Legislature, Erie County Youth Board, ECYB Director Ben Hilligas and Legislator Lorigo,” said Brian T. Tavernier, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Holland.
“Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County appreciates Legislator Lorigo’s and the Legislature’s support for 2017 Primetime Funding. The 4-H Youth Community Action Network, a model civic engagement and college and career prep program for at-risk youth, is able to fund summer employment and internships in local organizations and businesses with this valuable funding,” said Diane Held, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Primetime Funding also supports the Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts, YWCA of WNY, YMCA Buffalo-Niagara, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County, Police Athletic League of Buffalo and others. Determination of Summer Primetime funding is coordinated through the Department of Social Services and the final proposal is requested by the County Executive’s Office. For a complete list of organizations receiving funding, please CLICK HERE.