Canisius High School to Purchase 
1140 Delaware Mansion from Hospice Buffalo


Buffalo, NY -- Canisius High School has purchased the Delaware Mansion (former Gilda’s Club WNY) at 1140 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo from Hospice Buffalo. The Delaware Mansion, constructed in 1908, at one time served as a private residence to William “Fingy” Connors, Sr., a Buffalo industrialist and founder of the Courier Express newspaper.

In 2004, Gilda’s Club WNY opened its doors following an extensive renovation of the building. In 2010, Gilda’s Club became affiliated with Hospice Buffalo. The number of people availing themselves of services at the Delaware location declined, despite significant efforts to partner with other community service organizations.

In early 2015, the remaining support and counseling services moved from 1140 Delaware to the Mary & Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Support Center at 150 Bennett Road on The Hospice Mitchell Campus in Cheektowaga. Currently, all counseling and support services are provided at the Wilson Support Center.

In recognition of the tremendous community effort and charitable support that went into establishing Gilda’s Club, Hospice’s board has agreed to place the net proceeds from the sale of the building into a board-designated endowment fund to support needed services to those impacted by serious illness and loss.

“It is our intention to preserve the funds and invest in the valuable programs initially provided by Gilda’s Club that are now provided through the Wilson Support Center. It has always been our goal to be responsible to the many generous donors, foundations and corporations who invested in the Gilda’s model. Creating an endowment fund from the proceeds of the sale of 1140 Delaware displays our effort to acknowledge the community’s generosity and ensure that these services are available to those seeking support both now and in the future,” stated EJ Butler, Hospice Board Chair.


The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care is a not-for-profit corporation that includes Palliative Care Buffalo and Hospice Buffalo serving nearly 900 patients each day in private homes, hospitals and nursing homes, providing care, support, advocacy, and education to people impacted by serious illness and loss. Hospice Buffalo is the only Medicare-certified Hospice program in Erie County.


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