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Giving thanks in South Buffalo

City Comptroller Mark Schroeder, Member Robin Rush, President Charlie Brant, Councilmember Chris Scanlon and Member Dave Fildes join together at the annual GSBCC Giving Thanks Dinner.
SOUTH BUFFALO - South Buffalo is not only about family, it is family. Not just in the way that the McCarthys are related to the Kanes who are cousins to the Gibbons clan. When you describe “family” as Noah Webster does, as a group of people regarded as deriving from a common stock, united by certain convictions or common affiliations, then South Buffalo is one big family.

Nowhere was the unity of the South Buffalo family more evident than at the Giving Thanks Dinner, hosted by the Greater South Buffalo Chamber of Commerce [GSBCC] on Nov. 18 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Looking through the room you sensed a common thread of dedication and commitment to the South Buffalo neighborhoods. This group that fluctuates in number and people, in groups and in committee members, has offered over a decade of support to the citizens, businesses, and civic groups in the South Buffalo area.

The originator of the GSBCC is the now City Comptroller Mark Schroeder. In its early stages Schroeder planted the seed for the Chamber and was there for quite some time to watch it grow. Still taking a fatherly attitude toward the chamber, he watches from a distance as the Chamber is reborn. New at the helm is Charlie Brant, President. With Vice President Brandon Minsterman and Debbie Commarata taking on the roles of both treasurer and secretary, new life has been breathed into the Chamber.

If Schroeder plays the fatherly Chamber roll then David Fildes and Robin Rush are the siblings that everyone turns to in need. As Schroeder described them, they are the “heart and soul” of the chamber. Fildes mans the phones and the office, while Rush keeps up the social media for the Chamber. At the Giving Thanks Dinner President Charlie Brant, Comptroller Mark Schroeder and City Councilmember Chris Scanlon joined in to reward and recognize these two exceptional members of the South Buffalo Chamber of Commerce with a City of Buffalo Proclamation announcing November 18 as “David Fildes and Robin Rush Day”.

“Without the exceptional efforts of Robin Rush and David Fildes,” stated Councilmember Scanlon, “there would be no Chamber.”

The Giving Thanks Dinner was a celebration of the Greater South Buffalo Chamber of Commerce members, including many block clubs, businesses and dedicated citizens that use their talents, energy and approaches for the betterment of our neighborhoods. Dinner was catered by Brick Oven Bistro, who put forth a wonderful family style meal of roast pork and roast chicken. After dinner the dance floor got busy with the sounds of Sound Solutions and the stylings of Laurie Lawless.

The Greater South Buffalo Chamber of Commerce offers support and nurtures the small businesses in our area. They celebrate holidays with the community, and promote the events of our area to its citizens, working in conjunction with other local groups to spur growth for the ideals that make South Buffalo one of the greatest places to live and work in our region. Support, nurture, celebrate, promote, and grow; to support these family values and efforts join the Chamber by calling 826-1519 or by emailing Join them at their upcoming Christmas party at Tosh Collins on Sat. Dec. 7.


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