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B Team Buffalo to spread holiday joy to the West Side

Photo Courtesy of Leo Chan

blog by Morgan Culhane  • 

Get in the Christmas spirit by helping to decorate a city neighborhood at B Team Buffalo’s annual City of Light event on Saturday.

This year, Buffalo’s West Side—specifically in the neighborhood surrounding the John F. Beecher Boys and Girls Clubhouse (see map to the right)—was selected to be adorned for the holiday season. 

“The event started six years ago when young professionals on the B Team Buffalo board wanted to find a way to directly give back to neighborhoods in the city,” said Ryan Taughrin, B Team board member and future chairman.

“Just like Buffalo was known as the ‘City of Light’ at the turn of the century, B Team wanted to create that magic again throughout the city.”

Each year, the B Team reaches out to different community centers in the region and meets with them to determine if they are a good fit for the project. In addition to City of Light, the B Team also does a related summer project in the neighborhood, which allows the B Team to introduce themselves to the specific community.

Saturday’s event will begin with an 8 a.m. breakfast provided by Elmwood’s Coffee Culture, followed by decorating beginning at 9 a.m. until lunch, provided by Roaming Buffalo Food Truck, at 1 p.m.

After lunch, the winter carnival will begin: it will include gifts, games, crafts and prizes for children, followed by a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

B Team Buffalo is looking for volunteers to help with decorating and working the carnival. There are decorating shifts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m and 2 to 6 p.m. and a carnival shift from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. For more information about volunteering and to sign up click here.

B Team Buffalo is also looking for donations for decorations, toys, games, crafts and prizes to help make the event even more bountiful for the neighborhood. For more information about how to donate visit B Team Buffalo’s website.

“City of Light not only allows us to physically add some light to these neighborhoods, but also allow the community to come together as well,” Taughrin said.

You can read about B Team Buffalo in greater depth by checking out the Young Money feature from this past May.

Header image courtesy of Leo Chan, view the full gallery from last year’s event.

TAGGED: b team buffalo, charity events, city of light, john f. beecher boys and girls clubhouse, ryan taughrin, west side

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