The 2019 Irish Person of the Year is Richard Meyers.
“Rich” is extremely active as a supporter of charitable causes throughout Western New York, primarily in concert with the running community. In 2000 Rich was instrumental in starting The Ronald McDonald House 5K Run and Walk. This event has raised more than One Million Dollars to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, the local non-profit which provides a home-away-from-home environment for the families of severely ill or injured children being treated at area hospitals. He is on the Loughran’s 5K Run Committee, raising money for the Heart Lung Unit at Children’s Hospital, a perennial beneficiary of the Amherst Gaelic League. He is also a member of the Committee for The Williamsville Moonlight Run, which donates to the Amherst Library Fund and the Hilary Grace Foundation, which fights opioid addiction. More recently, Rich and his frequent co-conspirators, the Brownell Brothers – Larry and Gary- started Run716, a 15K and Relay. In two years, the proceeds from Run716 have fed 64,000 people at the Food Bank of WNY, supported the Hilary Grace Foundation, the PBA of Buffalo’s bike helmets for inner city children program, and the yearly Christmas Toy Drive at the Ronald McDonald House.
In 2004 Rich was nominated for the Buffalo Bills Community Quarterback Award.
In 2009 the West Side Rowing Club of Buffalo awarded Rich the Ned Mathias Award for his Community Service.
Rich’s wife, Kate, is as much a part of this award as she keeps the home fire burning while he is out “running around town.” Rich’s son has made them first time grandparents and they are looking forward to their daughter’s wedding later this year.
Congratulations, Rich and thank you for all you have done and continue to do to make Western New York a better place!
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