Bills owners donate $1.2 million to community aid in Western NY

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Pegula Sports & Entertainment, in partnership with the Bills and Sabres foundations, will provide at least $1.2 million in direct community aid to Western New York residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, owners Terry and Kim Pegula announced Wednesday.

The team foundations will contribute to the newly formed Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund. The fund has committed more than $4 million to helping the region’s non-profit agencies in key areas of the battle against the virus.

Other money will go to FeedMore WNY and the Rural Outreach Center in East Aurora. This targeted aid will provide thousands of bags of groceries to underserved and unemployed urban and rural families in the Western New York region.

The remainder of the aid will be directed to areas of most pressing need, including support for first responders, hospital workers, nurses, and protective- and medical-equipment supplies. The goal of the aid will be to bolster the Buffalo Niagara community’s response and effectiveness in fighting the pandemic.

“We realize we are in uncertain times as a nation and as a community,” Kim Pegula said in a statement. “Like many Western New Yorkers, we are faced with making difficult decisions, but we realize that focusing on the health and welfare of our community is what will get us through these difficult times. While we don’t yet know the scope of the pandemic, we wanted to ensure that we were able to give some immediate assistance to those in need and those fighting on the front lines. We applaud the community relief fund and are proud that our foundations will join these community leaders in their efforts.”