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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    11:00 am-12:00 pm
    June 3, 2020

    Weekly team call to go over progress, projects, administration and communications.

  • Independent Health Foundation Virtual Kids Run 2020!

    8:00 am-8:00 pm
    June 5, 2020-June 7, 2020
    A healthy community benefits everyone who lives in it. The Independent Health Foundation focuses on providing the Western New York community with the support and resources people can use to lead healthy lifestyles – today and in the future.
    Through their programs, seminars and events, the goal is to:
    • Promote positive healthy changes and behaviors in our community.
    • Provide health education and wellness screenings to underserved populations.
    • Empower individuals to become educated health care consumers.
    • Collaborate with local schools, community groups and businesses.

    Register today and report your steps to: https://creatinghealthycommunities.org/walking-to-wellness-campaign/

  • Healthy Communities 2030! Call

    11:00 am-12:00 pm
    June 10, 2020

    Weekly team call to go over progress, projects, administration and communications.

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    12:00 pm-4:00 pm
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    Includes breakout sessions, program options, and option to receive CTLE Hours at conclusion of conference! Registration is first come, first serve basis. Register here before June 8th!

  • Global Wellness Day

    12:00 am-11:59 pm
    June 13, 2020

    An internationally recognized celebration of health and wellness! Take this opportunity to explore wellness resources, get outside and engage in wellness activities! Wellness incorporates not only physical health, but also social, emotional, economic, environmental, and mental health! Take time to take care of YOU. Contact us for more resources or explore our website: creatinghealthycommunities.org

  • WNY WALKS! Community Advocacy Team Meeting

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

    VIRTUAL Meeting! Community members, leaders, and stakeholders join to discuss walkability and regular physical activity throughout Greater Buffalo and Western New York. Meetings are usually 60-90 minutes long and create opportunities to build social capital, share ongoing initiatives, and help create positive community culture change. If interested in participating, contact us at (716) 851-4052 or beactive@city-buffalo.org.

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    11:00 am-12:00 pm
    June 17, 2020

    Weekly team call to go over progress, projects, administration and communications.

  • Healthy Communities 2030! Call

    11:00 am-1:00 pm
    June 24, 2020

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