Canisius College Regents Scholarship Ball Set for Saturday, May 4

March 7, 2019


BUFFALO, NY – The Canisius College Board of Regents will host its 53rd annual Scholarship Ball on Saturday, May 4 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m.; dinner is at 7:30 p.m. The event is the principal fundraiser for the Canisius College Board of Regents Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to students who might otherwise not be able to take advantage of a Canisius education. Independent Health is the presenting sponsor of the event.

The Regents Scholarship Ball includes dinner and dancing to the sounds of Party Squad, as well as valuable prize packages, which are raffled off throughout the evening.

The Scholarship Ball also includes the presentation of the Canisius College Board of Regents Distinguished Citizen Award. The award recognizes an individual who has enriched the Western New York region through his or her civic, economic and/or cultural contributions.

This year’s Distinguished Citizen Award recipient is Hon. Anthony M. Masiello ’69, HON ’96, former mayor of Buffalo. Masiello is president of Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and Associates, a public affairs lobbying firm in Buffalo.

Upon his election, Masiello kick-started a rebirth in the city, bringing positive energy to the community, the benefits of which are now being reaped. In his 11 years in office, he centered his approach on rebuilding Buffalo by focusing on economic expansion and restructuring. As mayor, he secured state and local funding for various projects including HSBC Arena, the Theatre District expansion and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC). Masiello also played a key role in directing more than $1 billion of state investment into the renovation and transformation of the Buffalo Public Schools. Prior to being named mayor, Masiello spent 35 years working in government in the Western New York area. He held a seat on the Buffalo Common Council for nine years and served as a New York State senator from 1980 to 1993.

Canisius College Board of Regents member Stephen M. Ulrich ’88 and his wife, Kellie M. Ulrich, are co-chairs of the 53rd annual Regents Ball, tickets for which are now on sale. Tables of 10 are available for $2,500. Individual tickets are also available for $250.

To purchase tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact Megan Harrington, assistant director of advancement events, at (716) 888-2704 or at

Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.