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PGA HOPE WNY Runs the Buffalo Marathon

Join our team and donate to PGA HOPE WNY!

On behalf of the Foundation Board of Trustees, we wanted to provide you with an opportunity to join our Section wide fundraiser initiative, PGA HOPE WNY Runs the Buffalo Marathon.

PGA REACH WNY was established by local PGA Professionals in 2010 with a goal of Impacting Lives Through the Game of Golf.  We focus our initiatives through our Founding Pillars – Youth, Military & Diversity/Inclusion.

By raising funds through the PGA HOPE WNY Runs the Buffalo Marathon, PGA REACH WNY Foundation has a vision to establish:

  • An indoor/outdoor inclusive learning center that would allow for year-long programming for veterans, juniors and diverse individuals alike that may otherwise not have access to golf.
  • A workforce program for our veterans to be able to earn some money while learning the trade of the golf industry.  This is the next step in helping PGA Members to find help during the summer months (at no cost to your facility).

PGA REACH WNY Runs the Buffalo Marathon Details:

We are proud to announce that Nick Martone was selected to serve as our first ever PGA HOPE Ambassador!  Nick served in the USMC in Afghanistan for 4 years until returning home.  Upon return home, Nick went through the struggles of re-adjusting until he was introduced to our PGA Professionals through PGA HOPE.  As a recent graduate of the Buffalo HOPE Chapter, Nick states that the program saved his life . In October of 2019, Nick was selected as 1 of 20 veterans nationwide to become a PGA HOPE Ambassador and participate in the PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week in Washington D.C.   

To congratulate him on the honor, Nick, John Osberg and Steven Bartkowski, Executive Director of the WNYPGA Section, are starting a team to run in the Buffalo Marathon on May 24th!  They will be running to raise funds for our PGA HOPE WNY Program and want YOU TO JOIN!  We are looking for two more individuals to round out a team of 5.

We would like to invite all of our PGA Professionals and Associates to join our team and help us raise funds for our HOPE Programs.  If you are interested in joining our team please contact Jacob Coles, our WNYPGA Works Fellow, at or by phone at 716-247-6283 to reserve your spot.  The deadline to sign up is Friday, January 31st @ 5PM.  Join us in welcoming Nick Martone to our PGA REACH WNY community and support a great cause!

For more information on the impact that our PGA Professionals are making through PGA REACH WNY, CLICK HERE.




To support Steven Bartkowski

To support Nick Martone

To support John Osberg

To support Chris Shank

To support Brad Smith

To support Justin Chatelle

To learn more about Nick Martone and the PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week, CLICK HERE!