Our team is dedicated to making the Buffalo/Niagara region a better place to live. At MidCity, we believe that community involvement makes our area the best place to live!
Our accountant, Bob Simcoe, volunteers as a Docent at the Buffalo Zoo throughout the year. Bob has always been interested in volunteer work and his love for animals made the Buffalo Zoo the perfect place for him to become involved. After completing a 13 week course starting in January, he became one of the 120 volunteer educators for the Zoo. The training includes knowledge of all the animals in the zoo such as their habitat, characteristics and fun facts that can be shared with visitors. Volunteers also receive instruction on docent etiquette and procedures preparing them to provide tours for pre-schoolers to adults. Since graduation from the program, Bob has participated in the Zoo's summer camp, Zoo Snooze an overnight sleep over, Treehouse an educational play area for kids, Heritage Farm and Safari Cart. Outside of the Zoo, Bob participates in a local reptile club, enjoys taking photos of wildlife, reptiles and amphibians and he has his own cherry headed red foot tortoise. Click here to read more about Bob Simcoe.
Make-A-Wish Softball Tournament
On August 8, 2011, MidCity took part in the annual Make-A-Wish Softball Tournament held at Losson Park in Cheektowaga. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation of Western New York (a favorite charity here at MidCity) and the local children and families that profit from this organization. Home runs all around! To view pictures from this event, check out our Facebook page.
The Educational Technology Foundation is an organization that increases access and equity of technology in education, especially to those who would have trouble accessing these skills. Each year volunteers gather for one day to implement donated technology in schools that do not have the funds to purchase upgraded technology. Through their effort they have impacted over 80 schools, and community centers since 2005, with over 800 computers installed in these facilities. MidCity is proud to be a part in helping students, teachers, and administrators gain access to technology and further their education toward success!
Buffalo News Kids Day
Held every year in April, the Buffalo News Kids Day is an event that raises money for local charities, hospitals and other organizations. On April 26, MidCity took part in selling a special Kids Day edition of the newspaper with proceeds presented to: Variety, the Children's Charity, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Robert Warner MD Center for Children with Special Needs and Children's Charities of Western NY. Since the first Kids Day, $3.7 million has been raised to benefit these programs and the children affected by these programs. To view pictures from the event, check out our Facebook page.
Make A Wish Gala
On April 2, 2011, MidCity attended the Make-A-Wish Black Tie Gala at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, NY. Founded in 1980, the Make-A-Wish foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. More than 165,000 wishes have been granted in the United States to date. The black tie gala held annually here in Western New York raises money for local families and children to have their wishes come true. Because of this year's success in donations and money raised through the fundraiser itself, 61 new wishes will be granted to local children in Western New York. MidCity is privileged to be a part in helping see this organization's mission through, and helping children of Western New York in need.
Junior Achievement Bowl A Thon
This past March, MidCity participated in the Junior Achievement Bowl A Thon. This "Buffalo Bowl" is one of the organization's biggest annual fundraisers. Teams of five bowl to raise money, each participant's goal being $50. Those who raise $75 or more are eligible to win grand prizes offered by the organization that year. Junior Achievement is an organization that strives to have a positive impact on the lives of students across the country. One of their main objectives is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA Worldwide is the largest organization that educates students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial understanding through new, hands-on programs. They also help prepare young adults for the future by demonstrating how to generate wealth and effectively manage their finances, create jobs and apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. MidCity was proud to help this organization, seeing as how entrepreneurial thinking is important to this company.