Kearns Marks Flag Day with Relaunch of Veterans Post Restoration “Pledge for the Posts” Fundraising Event

Modified: June 14, 2021 3:14pm

June 14, 2021

Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns (left) and the Veterans Post Restoration Fund Committee kicked off Flag Day and the relaunch of “Pledge for the Posts” by accepting a $500 donation from Martin T. Griffith, President, BankOnBuffalo (second from right). Also, on hand (left to right) Jerry Kowalkski, Commander, Donovan Post, Mike Buczkowski, President, Rich Baseball Operations, Ken Blachura, Commander, Marine Corps League, Dennis Chapman, Fund Treasurer, Tom Kerkowski, Marie Corp League, Michael Anderson, Vice President, BankOnBuffalo, Cathy Rybczynski, Hamburg Town Clerk, Roger Woodworth, American Legion Post 567.

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Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns and The Veterans Post Restoration
of Erie County NY, Inc., a not-for-profit comprised of American Legion, AMVETS the 40&8, Marine Corps League and VFW Posts throughout Erie County announced they are again working collaboratively to upgrade handicap accessibility and other much needed repairs at the Posts.

On June 15, 16, and 17 between 4pm-7pm prior to the Blue Jays games, County Clerk Kearns, area veterans and volunteers will be stationed near the corner of Ellicott and Swan Streets directly across from the Swan Street gate at Sahlen Field, requesting a donation for American Flag cutouts for $1.00 each.  One hundred percent of the proceeds will go towards the Veterans Post Restoration fund.

“Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the veterans were humbly raising money by selling paper flags for a dollar each at the Erie County Auto Bureaus,” said Kearns. “We are relaunching our ‘Pledge for the Posts’ efforts in order to meet the fundraising goal to complete these vital projects.”

The “Pledge for the Posts” initiative is supported by area businesses and individuals, like BankOnBuffalo, Buffalo Bisons, Ellicott Development, Russell J. Salvatore, Colvin Cleaners, Billoni Associates and several others.

“BankOnBuffalo is very proud to join Mickey Kearns, the Veterans Post Restoration fund and other supporting organizations and businesses in helping to make these Posts safer and more accessible for all veterans in appreciation for their service,” said Martin T. Griffith, BankOnBuffalo president. “We hope our monetary support today will spur others in the business community to step up and participate in this Pledge for the Posts fundraiser as a way to honor and thank those men and women for their sacrifice and courage in protecting our freedom.”

The goal of the Veterans Restoration Project is to repair and upgrade theses posts in order to pass them down to the next generation of veterans. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic the following Posts had major improvements: F.J. Donovan American Legion Post 1626 in Cheektowaga, Frank L. Gierlach American Legion Post 1320 in Sloan, American Legion Post 735 in West Seneca and AMVETS the 40&8 in Buffalo. The committee has several other local posts in need of immediate upgrades, especially making rest rooms handicapped accessible.

Erie County Clerk Kearns and the Buffalo Bisons have established a connection when it comes to supporting area veterans including hosting a Bison’s “Thank-A-Vet” Day at the ballpark.  In an effort to continue that partnership, the Buffalo Bison’s will donate 20% of their net online sales for all camo gear sold through to The Veterans Post Restoration of Erie County NY, Inc. In addition, Mike Billoni, former General Manger of the Bisons will donate $10 from every copy sold of his book “The Seasons of Buffalo Baseball - 1857-2020” purchased through

 “The reason I am committed to this project is because all of these Posts were built in the 50’s and 60’s by the veterans of the greatest generation. I feel that it is my duty to honor them by keeping the memorial posts they built here open. Not only for them but for all that follow them,” said Jerry Kowalski, Board Member, The Veterans Post Restoration of Erie County, NY Inc.