Challenge Gift for the Stella Niagara Preserve
On Thursday, February 26, the Land Conservancy and the Friends of the Stella Niagara Preserve hosted a fundraiser at the Castellani Art Museum on the Niagara University Campus. The event was meant to help us reach our goal of raising more than $3.2 million needed to create the Stella Niagara Preserve by June 1, 2015.
The event was incredibly successful. We had a great venue, a great mix of project supporters, great conversations, great food and drinks, and great presentations from donors. By the end of what was a very long day, we were still approximately $400,000 away from our fundraising goal. We were feeling good, but trying to think of what to do next. As people began to leave the museum, a couple approached us. They had an offer – to provide a $200,000 challenge gift that will match each new donation, dollar for dollar!
That couple was Pamela and Joe Priest. They told us: “We couldn’t have asked for a more personally fulfilling cause to support than the Stella Niagara Preserve project. Our family drives by its location on Lower River Road almost daily and enjoys the pastoral scenery it provides when boating on the Niagara River in the summer. The Stella Niagara Preserve is especially meaningful to us because our children both graduated from the adjacent Stella Niagara Education Park. Our daughter continues to be educated by the Sisters of St. Francis at the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart. The Stella Niagara Preserve project continues the tradition of stewardship and protection of the environment that the Sisters […]