It is with great sadness we say goodbye to one of our founders, Peter Tower, who passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Mr. Tower was 92.
Peter and his wife Liz touched the lives of many with their generosity, wanting to leave the world a better place than they found it. Their legacy will continue through the work of the Foundation.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art Center located at 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY. Memorials can be made to the Burchfield Penney Art Center or the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
The generous legacy of Peter and Elizabeth Tower sustains the work of the foundation they created in 1990. Today, the Tower Foundation remains focused on improving the lives of young people in the communities where Tower family members have lived, worked, and raised their children. Most grants support organizations or community-based collaboration in Western New York (Erie and Niagara Counties) and Eastern Massachusetts (Barnstable, Dukes, Essex, and Nantucket Counties).
Please explore our website and learn about our key funding areas: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Intellectual Disabilities, and Learning Disabilities. While annual cycles award grants in each of these categories, other initiatives support capacity building more broadly (see Strengthening Partners) and collaborative work across our areas of interest (see Healthy Communities).
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