The Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers to Honor Good Neighbors Who Make a Community Impact

Every Year at the BFNC Annual Summer Solstice Fundraiser they host an Awards  Ceremony to say Thank you to 5 Community Builders – Our Buffalo Neighbors – who are impacting the Buffalo Community.

2024 Honorees Include:

  • Gladys Diji, RN, MSN, FCN
  • Meelin Dian Chinkit-Wells, DDS
  • Adam Perry Esq.
  • Isaac De Los Santos
  • Al-Nisa Banks

Chandra Redfern, BFNC CEO explains why a Summer Celebration. “The summer season can bring optimism and hope for the future. We look forward to community members coming together to focus on the positive and celebrate the community work that has made an impact,” stated Chandra Redfern, BFNC CEO. 

The Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers (BFNC) is a community-based agency with over 130 years of collaborative service to Buffalo residents. The agency’s history is rooted in helping neighbors.  Neighbors, our community members, are the ones who make up a great city.  BFNC believes that we all have a responsibility to help lift those in need of care overcoming life obstacles.  Redfern adds that each community member can help a person in need in their neighborhood. We can all start with one neighbor! This call to action can create a chain reaction that can impact the entire community.

The agency invites the community to celebrate the beginning of the summer season, and 5 Community Leaders who embrace the BFNC’s mission of Unlocking Potential and Enriching Lives. Funds from this event will be directed to implement programming to uplift and assist community youth with developing the skills and knowledge needed to reach their desired success and seniors with healthy food and transportation needs.

Attendees will enjoy a summer evening overlooking the Buffalo Waterfront, A chance to win great prizes during the annual raffle, dancing to the sounds of a live band and DJ, tasty hors d’oeuvres, and drinks. Tickets can be purchased at

To find out more about BFNC services and programs visit