Phil Haberstro -Founder

We are deeply saddened to announce that Our Founder and Board Chair,  Phil Haberstro,  passed away.
Phil dedicated his life to helping others. He wanted people to be happy and healthy. For 30+ years he worked to make our community a better place to live.
He took time to teach us about social capital and Phil had so much of that. Lifelong friends from all over know the legacy that he left.
We extend our condolences to his wife Bonnie and all of his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Phil.

You helped so much more than you will ever know.
Thank you Phil!

“Spirt of Phil” Remembrance Day/Memorial

Saturday, June 26, 2021
Cardinal O’Hara High School
Tonawanda, NY

A day of activities will take place on Saturday, June 26, to celebrate the life and work of
Philip L. Haberstro IV (Jan. 17, 1948 – Nov. 18, 2020).

It will include a “Spirit of Phil” walk on the Rails-to-Trails pathway, as well as a memorial held for Phil at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Tonawanda, N.Y., school alma mater.
Phil, in his last few months reiterated his desire for two things:

  • Try to keep the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo (Healthy Community Programs – Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo (creatinghealthycommunities.org) ) alive as the legacy of his life’s work.
  • Please support his high school.

The Wellness Institute is a nonprofit organization that strives to increase the human, social, environmental, and economic health in the Buffalo region.

The agenda is as follows:
9:30 to 10 a.m.:  Setup, onsite registration

**Register online**

– at Cardinal O’Hara High School (cardinalohara.com/event-registration)
Click the Check box for Phil Haberstro Memorial Walk – June 26

10 to 10:45 a.m.: “Spirit of Phil” walk (approximately 4 miles roundtrip, very level), starting behind Cardinal O’Hara, 39 O’Hara Road, Town of Tonawanda

11:00 to 11:45 a.m.:  Reception

Noon to 1 p.m.:  Non-denominational spiritual ceremony

1 to 3:30 p.m.:  Memorial reception
Beverages (beer, wine, H2O) and food (pizza, wings and more) provided by family.

Feel free to attend any or all events. An online donation (of $30) is requested, though not required, and will support the Wellness Institute and high school.

Please wear casual attire for all events!

-Thank you.


We are encouraging all anyone who knew Phil to come together and help us make sure his legacy lives on by donating $30 for the 30 years he led the Wellness Institute. 


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  • American Heart Association’s Tobacco Tax Kick Off

    10:30 am-10:45 am
    December 7, 2020

    Join the AHA as we hear from guest speakers on how raising the state’s tobacco taxes will help public health. This is a great policy and investment in our future

    Monday, December 7th 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM on zoom

    Register Here!


  • WNY Anti-Vaping Coalition Virtual Meeting

    11:00 am-12:30 pm
    December 7, 2020

    Join the meeting where agencies and community organizations collaborate to reduce the vaping epidemic by providing current evidence-based education and resources for schools, youth, and families.

    For detailed information about the meeting, contact the BWELL4@ch.ci.buffalo.ny.us Or  Jenna.Brinkworth@RoswellPark.org

    See you there!


  • Staff Call

    12:30 pm-2:00 pm
    December 7, 2020

    Weekly check-ins during quarantine that help the team touch base on
    ongoing and potential activities. Contact us with questions, concerns, or feedback. BeActive@City-Buffalo.org

  • Mindfulness Alliance Health & Wellness Sector Meeting

    9:00 am-10:00 am
    December 10, 2020

    The Mindfulness Alliance promotes healthy mental health, mindfulness, and stress reduction behaviors in Western New York. The Health and Wellness Sector is a sub-group of the Alliance that focuses on overall health and how to integrate mental health supports into activities of daily living.

  • Free Grant Writing & Capacity Building Basics For Faith-Based & Grassroots Organizations

    10:00 am-12:00 pm
    December 12, 2020

    Free grant writing and grant writing workshop for faith-based and grassroots organizations. No experience required! Facilitated and hosted by Sara I. Taylor, BSW, MS

    Takes place Saturday, December 12th, 2020 via zoom, 10:00am-12:00pmEST

    Email KWOFL2020@gmail.com for information and free registration link by 12/8/20.

  • Staff Call

    12:30 pm-2:00 pm
    December 15, 2020

    Weekly check-ins during quarantine that help the team touch base on
    ongoing and potential activities. Contact us with questions, concerns, or feedback. BeActive@City-Buffalo.org

  • FREE Health Catalyst Webinar

    1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    December 16, 2020

    Join Vivian Anugwom, Health Equity Manager at Allina Health, to learn how she led a team to implement new measures, including implicit bias trainings, to help address and overcome these biases to ensure health equity for all.

    During this webinar, Vivian will help attendees:
    • Understand how Allina Health uses data to identify disparities.
    • Define bias and its impact on health disparities.

    Register here- https://bit.ly/3mpjxrM

    Please send your questions, comments and feedback to: webinars@healthcatalyst.com

  • December Webinar for AmeriCorps Members in VISTA

    3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    December 17, 2020

    Strategizing Your Funding Search

    Thu., Dec. 17, 2020

    3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

    AmeriCorps members are often tasked with finding new sources of funding for their projects. Learn to develop a search strategy that will identify funders who are aligned with your project’s goals, connected with your community, or committed to those your project serves. Gain insights into where to look and how to find out what funders care about and how much support they are likely to provide.

  • Staff Call

    12:30 pm-2:00 pm
    December 22, 2020

    Weekly check-ins during quarantine that help the team touch base on
    ongoing and potential activities. Contact us with questions, concerns, or feedback. BeActive@City-Buffalo.org

  • Staff Call

    12:30 pm-2:00 pm
    December 29, 2020

    Weekly check-ins during quarantine that help the team touch base on
    ongoing and potential activities. Contact us with questions, concerns, or feedback. BeActive@City-Buffalo.org


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