Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Fund
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2016 Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Application:
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Ilio DiPaolo 2016 Scholarship Application

Nominations must be submitted by: March 18, 2016

Major Sponsors
The Buffalo Bills
& Alumni
Buffalo Bills
Youth Foundation

The Buffalo News
Buffalo Spine Surgery
Dr. Andy Cappuccino
Intrepid Automotive

Quaker Crossing
McCollum Christoferson Group

Sysco Foods
Avanti USA Ltd.

William & Diane Hein Foundation

Mission Statement
Michael & Dennis DiPaolo with President, Bud Carpenter
  The Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Fund, was
established in 1995 to carry the name
and ideals of Ilio DiPaolo through his belief
that education, athletics and community
involvement are essential for success. The
Scholarship Fund awards Scholarships and
provides support to many Western New York
athletes. In addition, Ilio’s support of the less
fortunate is legendary and the Scholarship
Fund also contributes to many local charities.

Benfactors Since 1996:
Alberta Children’s Hospital
Athletes in Action
Baldwin Wallace University
Bob & Helen Carpenter Foundation
Boys & Girls Club
Buffalo Police Athletic League
Buffalo State Foundation
Canisius College
Center for Handicapped Children
Children’s Hospital & Variety Club
Cobra Wrestling
Connoly Cup
Cradle Beach
Diamond Girls
ECC College Football
Father Baker Services
First Tee
Flutie Foundation
Galanti Scholarship Fund
Gloria Shea Foundation
Heritage Centers
Hilbert College
Hunter’s Hope
Immaculata Academy Mater Christi
Italian American Police Scholarship
John Kaczmarski Fund
Kelly for Kids

Kids Escaping Drugs
Matthew Foster Foundation
Moving Miracles
Nathan Carducci Scholarship Fund
Niagara Frontier Wrestling Club
Our Lady of Sacred Heart
Patrick Morales Scholarship Fund
People, Inc.
Punt Foundation
Roswell Park Cancer Institute –
Neo-Natal Care Unit
Rotary Gift of Life
Section VI State Wrestling Team
Section VI Wrestling Club
St. Francis High School
St. John Vianney School
St. Thomas Aquinas School
Syracuse University
Takedown Cancer with UB
Thomas Gardner Memorial
Timon St. Jude
Trocaire College
University of Buffalo
Van Miller Foundation
WNY All Academic Basketball Team

Bud Carpenter & Dennis featured with Emma & staff from Moving Miracles
Dennis with Angelina
Santa & Mrs. Claus with the kids from Children's Heritage Center at their Annual Christmas Party
Scholarship Sponsors
Aakron Rule Corp.
AXA Advisors
Battery Post
Buffalo Expert Services Technicians
Buffalo Hotel Supply Co., Inc.
Bukaty Family
Certo Brothers Dist. Co.
Colonial Memorial Chapels
Contract Specialists, Inc.
The Destroyer
Empire Merchants North
The Galanti Family
Hanes Supply, Inc.
Jet Action
Kaleida Health - WNY Radiology Assoc.
Liberty Solutions, Inc.
Lipsitz, Green, Scime & Cambria LLP
M&T Bank
Paul Maguire

Mazurkiewicz Family
MJ Kelley Foundation
Morgan Services
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group
Bill Polian & Family
Polymer Conversions
Premium Coffee Roasters
Sgroi Financial
Southern Wine & Spirits
Steve Tasker & Family
Towne Automotive
Try-It Distributing
Tyco Simplex Grinnell
UBMD Orthopaedics - Dr. John Marzo
Washington Mills Ceramics Co.
Waste Management
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
  Herr Automotive Group

Additional Sponsors
Avanti USA Ltd.
Bills Backers of North Carolina
Bills Backers of Port Charlotte, FL
Buffalo Bills Alumni
Buffalo Hotel Supply Co.
C.A. Curtze Co.
Caorunn Gin
Cellino & Barnes
Dantra Associates
Dennis A. Blair, DDS
Dival Safety Equipment
Explore New York
Family of Paul Twist, Sr.
First Niagara Bank/Ralph Basile
Ford Bros. Wholesale Meats
George Santoro

Hamburg Brewing Co.
Herm Clouse Allstate Agency
Hodgson-Russ, LLP
Hunter’s Hope
Lorigo’s Meating Place
Kelly for Kids
Medco Supply Co.
Millington Lockwood Business Interiors
Mulberry Italian Ristorante
Niagara CCC Wrestling
Povinelli Cutlery
Prestige Wealth Services
Shaw & Shaw, PC
Suburban Pest Control
US Food Service


2016 Events:

Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Fund Awards Banquet
Monday, May 23, 2016

Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Golf Classic
Monday, June 13, 2016

The Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Fund
Celebrity Chef's Culinary Extravaganza
Monday, October 10, 2016


Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Awards Night
Winners Announced on May 23, 2016

2015-16 Scholarship Winners with Mrs. DiPaolo, Dennis & Michael DiPaolo, Ruben Brown & members of the Board
These scholarships are awarded to individuals who excel in academics as well athletics, while contributing to their family and community.

This idea to create an Award and Scholarship in the name of Ilio DiPaolo was through the efforts of Bud Carpenter, Randy Ribbeck, Jim Kelly and the entire Buffalo Bills Organization. They felt that his strong belief in education, athletics and family were essential for success. Ilio also believed that as your success grew so should the support you give your community.

The first year we were fortunate to give 2 scholarships through the financial support of many friends, organizations, businesses and individuals we didn’t even know. Then came “Legends”, the idea of Mark Stone, to bring Pro Wrestling back to Buffalo in the name of Ilio DiPaolo raising over $350,000 for Children’s Hospital, Buffalo Police Athletic League, Hunters’ Hope and many other organizations.

The Scholarship Fund has also grown through the Annual Ilio DiPaolo's Memorial Celebrity Golf Classic, the Hanes Supply Sports Nite and the Celebrity Chef Dinner as well as proceeds from the sale of Ilio DiPaolo's brand products in local grocery stores.

A special recognition goes to all the people who have volunteered their time to make the “Scholarship Fund” a successful reality!


2016 Scholarship Award Winners

Kellen Devlin shown here with Dennis DiPaolo, Bud Carpenter & Kiel Illg, Amherst HS Athletic Director
  2016 Ilio DiPaolo
Scholarship Award Winner:

Kellen Devlin
Amherst Central High School

In honoring the memory and the high ideals of Ilio DiPaolo, we are proud to announce this award providing recognition and financial aid to this deserving college bound athlete, who has become an accomplished wrestler through dedication, skill and sportsmanship, while maintaining scholastics and citizenship.

2016 Gary Castanza
Award Winner:

Ryan Hetrick
Maple Grove High School

The Gary Castanza Award is named after the legendary Martial Arts Sokie and owner of Universal Martial Arts Academy, Gary Castanza. He was revolutionary in his field, training police and security forces along with Green Berets. His audiovisual tapes were just the beginning and led to training NFL players. His endless support of charitable organizations and individuals showed his belief in community and family.
Presenter Bob Breidenstein, Patrice Castanza & son shown here with Ryan Hetrick

Dakota Gardner with Former Fredonia HS Wrestling Coach, Alex Conti & Dick "The Destroyer" Beyer
  2016 “Destroyer” Wrestling Award:
Dakota Gardner
Fredonia High School

The “Destroyer” award is named after Pro Wrestling Hall of Famer Dick Beyer. Dick wrestled for and captained the Syracuse football team to their 1 st Bowl appearance. Recently inducted into the Greater Buffalo Hall Of Fame, his tireless and endless effort to support our community is legendary! The Destroyer still takes high school wrestlers back to Japan every summer to compete in the National Tournament. Ryan Needle, past award recipient, traveled in his early youth with the Destroyer to Japan.


2016 Bill Hein Award Winner
(Most Dedicated):

Bradley Bihler
Maple Grove High School

The Dedicated Wrestler Award honors Bill Hein whose love and dedication to wrestling promoted our sport on all levels nationally and in our area. This award goes to a wrestler who displays that love and commitment to wrestling.
Bradley Bihler accepting The Bill Hein Award from Presenter Frank Nicotra

Cauliflower Alley Award winner, Cameron Swick shown here with Presenter Ralph Pignataro
  2016 Cauliflower Alley Club Award:
Cameron Swick
Royalton-Hartland High School

The Cauliflower Alley Club is an association of past, present and future champions, combatants and allied personages joining in celebration and recognition of fellowship within the wrestling world.

Guest Speaker & former ID Scholarship Winner, Matt Mazgaj addresses the attendees
Former Buffalo Bill, Ruben Brown showing his wrestling moves to "The Destroyer"
Former Bills Coach Abe Abramoski with Bills Head Trainer, Bud Carpenter

Past Scholarship Winners
1996 - 2013
1996 Greg Bentley (Ripley)
1997 David Guarino (Lake Shore)
1998 Ryan Bentley (Ripley)
1999 Greg Tompsett (Falconer)
2000 Brian Tatar (Sweet Home)
2001 Chris Purtell (Pioneer)
2002 Chris Terranova (Lancaster)
2003 Ryan Needle (Newfane)
2004 Joe Calderon (Eden)
2005 Kane H. Smith (Salamanaca)
2005 Matthew Mazgaj (Southwestern)
2006 Alexander Siedlecki (Clarence)
2007 Matt Mariacher (Iroquois)
2008 Christopher Conti (Fredonia)
2009 Jared Messina (Cheektowaga)
2010 Dominic Montesanti (Medina)
2011 Philip Czapla (East Aurora)
2012 Benjamin Haas (Salamanca)
2013 Drew Hull (Royalton-Hartland)
2014 Rocco Russo (Frontier)
2015 Tyler Hall (East Aurora)

1998 Chris Fairbank (Southwestern)
1999 Andy Johnson (Southwestern)
2000 Joseph Glinsky (Iroquois)
2001 Dan Uderitz (Albion)
2002 Ryan Feltz (Springville)
2003 Daniel Murrer (Williamsville East)
2004 Brandon Monin (Lancaster)
2005 Errick Cholewa (Starpointe)
2006 Michael Bunn (Eden)
2007 John Taylor (Lockport)
2008 Mark Lewandowski(Lancaster)
2009 Matthew Peters(East Aurora)
2010 Joseph Kalinka (Iroquois)
2011 Adam Donner (Niagara-Wheatfield)
2012 Anthony Lock (Pioneer)
2013 Jude Gardner, Jr. (Fredonia)
2014 Marshall Brooke (Lockport)
2015 Donny McCoy, Jr. (Niagara Falls)

1996 Alonzo Roane (Niagara Falls)
1997 Anthony Calandra (Sweet Home)
1998 Adam Brunner (Clarence)
1998 Sean Deland (Williamsville East)
1998 Joe DeBarbieri (Portville)
1998 John DeBarbieri (Portville)
1999 Dan Thrush (Canisius)
2000 Adam Rowe (Ripley)
2001 Brandon Booker (St. Francis)
2002 Derek Ostrowski (Lancaster)
2003 Larry Aceti (Niagara Falls)
2004 Jeremy Stopa (Newfane)
2005 Stephen Sanderson (N. Ton.)
2006 Reece & Lucas Mariacher (Iroquois)
2007 Tom Rozborski (St. Joseph's)
2008 Eric Velez (Medina)
2009 Clayton Reeb(Cheektowaga)
2010 James Donner (Niagara-Wheatfield)
2011 Dylan Duncanson (Medina)
2012 Tristan Hamner (Medina)
2013 Anthony Liberatore (Will. South)
2014 Ryan Kromer(Lewiston-Porter)
2015 Kirkland Feeney (Lockport)
1997 Dan Dixon (Niagara-Wheatfield)
1998 Adam Kampff (East Aurora)
1999 Brian Hanselman (Sweet Home)
2000 Robert Truman (Allegany-Limestone)
2001 Michael Sebaaly (Lancaster)
2002 Dan Faden (Amherst)
2003 Jamie Minner (Salamanca)
2004 Bradley Penhollow (Falconer)
2005 Mike Rozbowski (St. Joseph's)
2006 Jamie Ott (East Aurora)
2007 Jacob Koshinski (Niagara Wheatfield)
2008 Matt Metzler (Salamanca)
2009 Carlene Sluberski (Fredonia)
2010 Kyle Colling (Pioneer)
2011 Abdulqawi Mohamed (Lackawanna)
2012 Thomas Page (Eden)
2013 Christian Saden (Fredonia)
2014 Alexander Smythe (Eden)
2015 Alexander Kelly (Pine Valley)

1997 Josh States (Lockport)
1998 Rashad Evans (Niagara-Wheatfield)
1999 Ryan Fralick (Falconer)
2000 Bill Prince (Frewsberg)
2001 Victor Arena (Salamanca)
2002 J.R. Roberts (Medina)
2003 William Sidey (Fredonia)
2004 Kevin Rosplock (Cassadaga Valley)
2005 Justin Walp (Lewiston-Porter)
2006 Daniel Audy (Clarence)
2007 Salvatore Montesanti Jr. (Medina)
2008 Robin Broda (Eden)
2009 Kenneth Betts (Fredonia)
2010 Angelo Malvestuto (Niagara-Wheatfield)
2011 Irwin Buck (Niagara Falls)
2012 James Kloc (Iroquois)
2013 Eric Lewandowski (Lancaster)
2014 Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer (Cheektowaga)
2015 Cody McGregor (Tonawanda)

1996 Peter Talty
1997 Robert Crummet
1998 Dan Puckhaber
1999 Nathaniel Suchyna
2000 Michael Radon
2001 William Seychew
2002 Adam Hass
2003 John Lambert
2004 Ralph Pignataro
2005 Nick MacDonald
2006 Pat Garvin
2007 Luke Tasker
2008 Delano Fabor
2009 Brandon McLean
2010 Adam Pasnik
2011 Akheel Lynch
2012 Jarrett Dolegala
2013 Jake Dolegala
2014 Nick Weikle
2015 Johnathan Strawbrich
2016 Devan Delmont


"Ilio DiPaolo Humanitarian Award"
Past 20 Winners Honored at
Bisons' Italian Night - July 22, 2015

Pictured from Left: Bob Koshinski, Larry Pignataro, Mike Buczkowski from the Bisons, Mary Beth Billittier, Frank Toscano, Bob DeGiore, Russell Salvatore, Mark LaMartina & Daughters of Chris DeSanto
Pictured from Left: Ellie, Frank DiVicenzo, Peter Lajocano, Drew Cerza, Bill DeLuca, John Romanello, Peter Longo, Tom DeNisco, Chef Marco Sciortino, Henry Gorino, Bob Syracuse, Michael & Dennis DiPaolo & Jon Dandes from the Bisons
The Buffalo Bisons hosted their Annual Italian American Festival Night on Wednesday, July 22, 2015
where the past 20 years of the "Ilio DiPaolo Humanitarian Award" recipients were honored.
This award is given to a person or family who has been very successful in their
life endeavors and has given back to their community.

The event will feature a pre-game tent party, live music by Pat Shea and Lou Mistello,
pizza eating contest by LaNova, celebrity bocce tournament and post-game fireworks. Also honored
was Peter Lajocano who received the Bison Baseball Italian American Person of the Year Award.

Past Winners of the
Ilio DiPaolo Humanitarian Award:

The Billittier Family
Dr. Andrew Cappuccino
Peter Certo & Family
Drew Cerza
Bill DeLuca
Jim DeMarco
Tom DeNisco
The DeSanto Family
Ron DiGiore
Eleanor DiVencenzo & Family
Ralph Galanti
Henry Gorino
Mark LaMartina
Peter Longo
John Romanello & Family
Russell Salvatore
Chef Marco Sciortino
Don Spasiano
Bob Syracuse
Frank Toscano

Pat Shea was on hand to sing our National Anthem
Bisons' Italian of the Year Award Winner, Peter LoJacano receiving his award from Dennis & Larry Pignataro
Members of the Lake Erie Italian Club participating in the Celebrity Bocce Tournament


Buffalo Bills Bocce Night - September 20, 2015

2015 Bocce Participants
2015 Bocce Champions
View from the Sidelines


Celebrity Chef Culinary Extravaganza
Monday, October 12, 2015

A Fun filled Night with Good Food, Good Friends & Good Wine!
Featuring Chef Mark Hutchinson from Hutch's Restaurant; Dr. Andy Cappuccino;
Chef Michael DiPaolo & the Ilio DiPaolo's Kitchen Staff

2015 Celebrity Chef Culinary Extravaganza

Dennis introducing this year's Special Guest, Dina Mondavi,
Co-Founder of the Michael Mondavi Family Estate &
Folio Fine Wine Partners

2015 Celebrity Chef Culinary Extravaganza

Drs. Andy & Helen Cappuccino with Mike Niejadlik from Empire Merchants North and Special Guest, Dina Mondavi
2015 Celebrity Chef Culinary Extravaganza

Salute! Bob Koshinski enjoying one of the wines of the evening

2015 Celebrity Chef Culinary Extravaganza

Ilio's Serving Staff - Katie Reagan, Theresa Hymes & Nicole King

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"A Buffalo, New York Tradition Since 1965"

3785 South Park Ave., Buffalo, NY 14219

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