Regents Ball

Regents Ball

The Canisius College Board of Regents is pleased to announce that Chris Koch will be honored with the 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award at the Board of Regents Scholarship Ball on May 6, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

Chris Koch, President and CEO of New Era Cap Co. Inc., has been a champion of this community as his family’s business has been located in Western New York since 1920.  Under his direction, New Era has grown to become one of the region’s largest private companies, now employing more than 2,000 people globally, with 17 offices, producing over 50 million hats a year.  Mr. Koch is also a member of the University at Buffalo Council, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation and former member of the Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation.

The Regents Ball provides a wonderful opportunity to honor individuals, such as Chris Koch, who have made outstanding contributions to Western New York while also raising vital funds for the Board of Regents Endowed Scholarship Fund. The Fund affords deserving students the opportunity to stay the course to personal and professional success despite financial challenges. Since its inception, it has awarded approximately $800,000 to 35 promising Canisius students. Thanks to the support of alumni and friends like you, last year’s event raised a staggering $146,000!

We sincerely hope you will join us as Canisius celebrates the ideals of education and community service when we honor Mr. Koch at the 51st annual Regents Ball. 

For more information, please contact Cecelia Gotham, assistant director of stewardship and events, at (716) 888-8228 or at