Regents Ball

The Canisius College Board of Regents honored Hon. Anthony M. Masiello '69, HON '96 as the 2019 Distinguished Citizen at the Regents Scholarship Ball on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

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The Canisius College Board of Regents conferred its Distinguished Citizen Award upon Hon. Anthony M. Masiello ’69, HON ’96, former mayor of Buffalo, during its 53 Regents Scholarship Ball on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. The Board of Regents annually confers the Distinguished Citizen Award to recognize an individual for his/her contributions to the economic, civic and/or cultural well-being of Western New York.

Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and Associates, a Buffalo public affairs lobbying firm. He served as Buffalo’s 57 1994-2005. 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 HSBC Arena, the Theatre District expansion and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC). Masiello also played a key role in directing over $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.

Masiello earned his bachelor’s degree from Canisius in 1969 and received an honorary degree from the college in 1996. 

A standout member of the Golden Griffins Division I basketball team for three years, Masiello earned a spot in the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.

Masiello currently serves as a member of the college’s Board of Trustees. He commemorated his 50-year class reunion in May 2019.

Canisius College Board of Regents member Steve Ulrich ’88 and his wife, Kellie, are co-chairs of the 2019 Regents Scholarship Ball.  The gala is the primary fundraiser for the Board of Regents Endowed Scholarship Fund.  Thanks to the support of alumni and friends, the 2018 Ball raised more than $144,000 for the endowment that now stands at almost $2.7 million.

Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit colleges in the nation and the premier private college in Western New York.


A special thanks to our 2019 Presenting Sponsor, Independent Health.



Thank you to our 2019 Leading Sponsors


Catholic Health


Connors LLP


National Fuel


Zengler Group


M&T Bank




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