2014 Annual Read to Succeed Buffalo Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 7th - 5 PM to 8 PM 

At The Headquarters of Read to Succeed Buffalo, Inc.
392 Pearl Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

This will be an opportunity to support Read to Succeed Buffalo and hear from Donald Ogilvie, Interim Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools and Robert Gioia, President of the John R. Oishei Foundation, with The Honorable Jack Quinn as your Master of Ceremonies.

Cost: $150 per Individual
 $250 per Couple

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Donald A. Ogilvie was sworn in as interim superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools on July 9th, 2014.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Ogilvie was the district superintendent of Erie 1 BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services), a leadership role responsible for providing a variety of instructional, managerial and technology services to 20 school districts in Erie County. As district superintendent, Mr. Ogilvie was a field representative for the New York State commissioner of education to those 20 Erie County school districts, as well as to the Buffalo Public Schools.

Before becoming district superintendent of Erie 1 BOCES, Mr. Ogilvie served for eight years as superintendent of the Hamburg Central School District. Prior to that, he was superintendent of schools in districts located in Central New York and the Southern Tier and was a building principal in the Ken-Ton School District. Mr. Ogilvie began his career as a classroom teacher and team leader in the Williamsville Central Schools.

Mr. Ogilvie received Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education from Buffalo State College and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from the University at Buffalo.  

He serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Western New York Region of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), a trustee of Western New York Public Broadcasting and is chairman of WNED's Education Services General Assembly and Advisory Task Force on Lifelong Digital Learning Service. Mr. Ogilvie is a member of Leadership Buffalo and the Rotary Club of Buffalo. His community activities have included serving as a board member and member of the executive committee of the United Way. He and his wife Jane co-chaired the 2000 United Way campaign for Buffalo and Erie County.

Mr. Ogilvie was honored by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce with its Business Recognition Award for an Outstanding Individual. For two consecutive years, United Way awarded Mr. Ogilvie its Campaign Volunteer of the Year award for outstanding work on two campaigns. He has been recognized by Business First with a Pathfinder Award. The Erie County Coalition Against Rape and Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault has recognized him with its Educator of the Year award.   Junior Achievement of Western New York has also selected Mr. Ogilvie as Educator of the Year.

A Buffalo native, Robert Gioia began his career in 1970 as a part of the third generation of the Gioia family operating the Gioia Macaroni Company. From 1992-2007, Robert was a principal with the Food Group of Strategic Investments and Holdings, Inc. Established in 1983, Strategic Investments & Holdings, Inc. is one of the most experienced equity acquisition firms in the nation today. 

Robert has been a strong community leader dedicated to the betterment of the WNY region for decades. He was Chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority from 1990-1998. He pioneered the completion of the $120 million Buffalo-Niagara International Airport and was named one of The Buffalo News' 1997 Citizens of the Year.
Robert was President of the Board of Trustees of the Nichols School, President of the Martin House Restoration Corporation, Chairman of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, a Director of Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a Trustee of St. Lawrence University.
On January 1, 2007, Robert was appointed President of The John R. Oishei Foundation, WNY's largest private charitable foundation. The Foundation's mission is to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and the quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region.

In October of 2007, Robert was appointed Chairman of The Western New York Health System (renamed Great Lakes Health), established in September of 2007 by the New York State Department of Health to implement Berger mandates involving ECMC and Kaleida Health. 

Robert was again named one of The Buffalo News' Citizens of the Year in 2007 and was named the 2009 Buffalo Niagara Executive of the Year by the University at Buffalo School of Management.  

In August of 2012, Governor Cuomo appointed Robert to serve on the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC). He was then elected Chair in September of 2012. The ECHDC supports the development of public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor for the enjoyment of WNY residents and tourists. Its vision is to revitalize the waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo.

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