Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Fund
News & Info
Congratulations to the Buffalo Bills Athletic Training Staff featuring
Head Trainer, Bud Carpenter and Assistant Trainers, Greg McMillen,
Chris Fischetti, Shone Gipson & Jon Hernandez - for being named the
NFL Training Staff of 2014 by the Pro Football Athletic Trainers Society!!!
They will be honored March 16th in Baltimore, MD.
This is the 2nd time for the Bills Training Staff - they also won the award in 2007.
*Bud Carpenter is President of the Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Fund and Chris Fischetti is a committee member

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
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

Additional Sponsors
AAA of Western New York
Aakron Rule Corp.
AXA Advisors
Battery Post
Bethford Auto Tire
Buffalo Expert Services Technicians
Buffalo Hotel Supply Co., Inc.
Bukaty Family
Certo Brothers Dist. Co.
Contract Specialists, Inc.
The Destroyer
Empire Merchants North
Galanti Family
Jet Action
Kaleida Health
Lipsitz, Green, Scime & Cambria LLP
M&T Bank
Paul Maguire

John Marzo, MD
Mayer Bros. Fine Beverages
Mazurkiewicz Family
MJ Kelley Foundation
Morgan Linen Services
Bill Polian & Family
Polymer Conversions
Premium Coffee Roasters
Sgroi Financial
Southern Wine & Spirits
Steve Tasker & Family
Try-It Distributing
Towne Automotive
Washington Mills Ceramics Co.
Waste Management
Wells Fargo
West Herr Automotive Group


2015 Events:

2015 Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Application:
Click here to print the
Ilio DiPaolo 2015 Scholarship Application

Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Meeting

Selection of Winners
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Meeting

Final Selection
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Fund Awards Banquet
Monday, May 18, 2015

Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Golf Classic
Monday, June 8, 2015

The Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Fund
Celebrity Chef's Culinary Extravaganza
Monday, October 12, 2015


Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Awards Night
Winners Announced on May 19, 2014

Executive Board & Mrs. DiPaolo with 2014 Scholarship Winners
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 South Shore Rotary Club Memorial Golf Outing, the Romulus Club Sports Nite and the Celebrity Chef Dinner.

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


2014 Scholarship Award Winners

President, Bud Carpenter presenting Rocco Russo the Ilio DiPaolo Award with Dennis & Michael DiPaolo
  2014 Ilio DiPaolo
Scholarship Award Winner:

Rocco Russo
Frontier 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.

2014 Gary Castanza
Award Winner:

Alexander Smythe
Eden 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.
Frank Nicotra presenting Alex Smythe the Gary Castanza Award along with Dennis & Michael DiPaolo

Destroyer Award Winner, Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer shown here with presenter, Eric Knuutila and The Destroyer
  2014 “Destroyer” Wrestling Award:
Renaldo Rodriguez-Specer
Cheektowaga 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.


2014 Bill Hein Award Winner
(Most Dedicated):

Marshall Taylor
Lockport 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.
Chris Fischetti presenting the Bill Hein Award to Marshall Taylor with Dennis & Michael DiPaolo

Bob Breidenstein presenting the Cauliflower Alley Club Scholarship to Ryan Kromer with The Destroyer who is a Board Member with that national organization of wrestlers
  2014 Cauliflower Alley Club Award:
Ryan Kromer
Lewiston-Porter South 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.

2014 St. Francis Captain's Award
Nick Weikle
In the late 1980’s St. Francis High School wrestling tournaments began honoring Ilio DiPaolo and awarded the Ilio DiPaolo Award annually. Upon Ilio’s passing the football program dedicated their season to Ilio DiPaolo and proceeded to win their league championship. They still continue to name their captain after Ilio DiPaolo.

Ilio DiPaolo with St. Francis Captain Award Winner, Nick Weikle & "Legends of Rotary" representative, Simon Pasnik

Former Buffalo Bill & All-State Wrestler, Reuben Brown gives and inspirational speech to over 200 attendees
Buffalo Bills Alumni were in attendance including Lou Piccone & Booker Edgerson shown here with Bob Koshinski, GM of WBBZ-TV, Channel 5
A captive audience of Honorees, Sponsors & Family in attendance for this great evening

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)

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)

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)
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)

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)

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


Bob Syracuse of Pizza Plant Receives 2014
"Ilio DiPaolo Humanitarian Award"

Larry Pignataro, Paul Pellicano, Mike Buczkowski, Bob Syracuse & Dennis DiPaolo
The Buffalo Bisons hosted their Annual Italian American Festival Night on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 where Bob Syracuse was honored with the "Ilio DiPaolo Humanitarian Award". 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.

Bob Syracuse grew up in Riverside with his father, a physician in Black Rock for 53 years, his mother and four brothers. He graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School and UB and along with his brother, Dan, has been co-owner of Pizza Plant Italian Pub in Williamsville since 1980.

Among his many accomplishments, Bob has served on the Boards of the Williamsville Business Association, Dining Alliance and Buffalo First, as well as former Vice President and President of the WNY Chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association. He was instrumental in the start of “The Taste of Education”, an event to raise money for ProStart students and currently, an integral part of the local NYS Restaurant Association’s fund raising.

Syracuse, his brother and the staff at Pizza Plant have donated their time and energy to many local fundraisers including the Buffalo Zoo, SPCA, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Amherst Senior Citizens, Amherst Youth Board and the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure.

Bob has been married 37 years to his wife, Linda. They have two sons, David who is a teacher in Ithaca, NY & Richard who works in the restaurant.

The "Ilio DiPaolo Humanitarian Award" was given to Syracuse by Dennis DiPaolo. The event will feature a pre-game tent party, live music by Jack Shea and Lou Mistello, pizza eating contest by LaNova, celebrity bocce tournament and post-game fireworks. Also honored was Paul Pellicano 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
John Romanello & Family
Russell Salvatore
Chef Marco Sciortino
Don Spasiano
Frank Tuscano

Mark & Amy Hutchinson of Hutch's Restaurant with their beautiful daughters. Everyone is Italian at Bisons' Italian Nite!


Buffalo Bills Bocce Night - September 15, 2014:
2014 Bocce Participants
2014 Bocce Champions
CJ Spiller, Jickster from 97 Rock & Eric Wood


Celebrity Chef Culinary Extravaganza
Monday, October 21, 2014

A Fun filled Night with Good Food, Good Friends & Good Wine!
Featuring Lamberto Frescobaldi, Vice President of Marchesi di Frescobaldi; Chef Michael Obarka
from Ristorante Lombardo's; Chef Dan Buckley from The Other Woman Catering;
Dr. Andy Cappuccino; Chef Michael DiPaolo & the Ilio DiPaolo's Kitchen Staff

2014 Celebrity Chef Culinary Extravaganza

Lamberto Frescobaldi with Dennis, Tim Maloney
and former NYS Senator, Bill Stachowski from the
Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Committee.

2014 Celebrity Chef Culinary Extravaganza

Dennis & Ilio with Lamberto Frescobaldi, Vice President of Marchesi di Frescobaldi in Italy.
2014 Celebrity Chef Culinary Extravaganza

Celebrity Chef, Dr. Andy Cappuccino with Lamberto Frescobaldi & Dennis

2014 Celebrity Chef Culinary Extravaganza

Gerry Buchheit with Lamberto Frescobaldi & Kerry Guilfoyle, Northeast Manager of Folio Fine Wine Partners
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"A Western New York Tradition Since 1965"

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