BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A new Buffalo-Niagara Hall of Fame is looking to bring the best of Buffalo’s music, sports, and broadcasting legacies together under one roof, but organizers are counting on the community to help make that possible.
A Kickstarter campaign is underway through 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, looking to raise $50,000 to help open the planned interactive and educational exhibits in the future museum which will house collections from the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, and the local Music Hall of Fame.
Plans for the Buffalo-Niagara Hall of Fame have been in the works for years. “We originally all had our vision of having our own Hall of Fame museums, and it just made more sense to build them together, to bring the funds together,” explained Therese Forton-Barnes, president of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and Vice Chair of the Buffalo-Niagara Hall of Fame.
The group has now put together a strategic plan and is working to come up with the funding to build the new museum. “Jim Kelly, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Jacquie Walker all in one place,” said retired 97Rock DJ Larry Norton, “When this comes together, it’s going to be really, really cool.”
Norton is one of a handful of people who have donated to the Kickstarter campaign so far. He is urging other community members to follow suit. “The deadline is tonight. There’s a $50,000 goal, and we’re part way there. If we don’t reach that goal then we get none of it. So I’ve contributed, I hope everybody else does too,” he explained.