The Committee for the Fandemonium Museum, Inc. announced today that the IRS has approved its application to be a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. This is a very important step towards the Buffalo-Niagara Hall of Fame proposed opening. Leading cultural groups The Buffalo Broadcasters Association, The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and Fandemoneum have collaborated to create this organization in the pursuit of bringing a world class tourist attraction and interactive historical facility to Western New York. Greg Tranter’s collection of historical Buffalo Bills memorabilia and Dr. Joseph Gambacorta, DDS expansive Buffalo Sabres collection are the centerpiece of this not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating music-sports-media in Western New York.
“Obtaining approval to be a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, approved by the Internal Revenue Service is an important step in our journey and dream of opening an engaging and experiential museum in Buffalo,” stated Greg Tranter. “The not-for-profit status positions us to begin our fund raising campaign and allow donations to Committee for the Fandemonium Museum, Inc. to be tax deductible for our donors.”
The Buffalo-Niagara Hall of Fame project is dedicated to collecting, preserving and promoting the cultural history of Buffalo’s broadcasting, entertainment, music and sports through historic documents and artifacts; and to share, preserve and expand our outstanding collections which tell the stories of Western New York’s history.
This will be a family-friendly destination, encouraging the story-telling legacy where grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren share moments in the journey that made a particular impact on their lives.
The facility will be a new attraction to Western New York. The collaboration of our organizations presents opportunities to further collaborate with other cultural organizations like the Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library as well as the Bills, Sabres and Bisons. We are poised to offer a permanent destination to celebrate the region’s sports, music and media history.
There is no other region in the world quite like Buffalo and Western New York! Our experience will capture the unique aspects of our culture. Whether you are a long-time fan who has a story to tell your son or daughter about a day at the old Rockpile, or one of the more than 80,000 fans who was there the day they tore the goal posts down at the Ralph, were one of the early followers of the Goo Goo Dolls at The Continental, or watched and listened to the stories of friendships formed during the Blizzard of ’77. This experience will make you proud!
The facility will present the history of Sports, Music and Media in Western New York. It will provide the only comprehensive look at the Buffalo Bills, Sabres, Braves and Bisons and how the teams players and organizations have contributed greatly to the culture of Buffalo and Western New York. The great successes of music legends Rick James, Ani DiFranco, Harold Arlen, Grover Washington Jr., Brian McKnight and 10,000 Maniacs will be recognized. Broadcast legends Irv, Rick & Tom, Sandy Beach, Danny Neaverth, Clint Buehlman, George “Hound Dog” Lorenz , Frankie Crocker , Tim Russert, Van Miller and Rick Jeanneret will also be featured.
The core of the experience will be its state of the art exhibits, combining a healthy balance of conventional, interactive and show-and-tell exhibits, combined with the latest technology in digital media and rare memorabilia to give the visitor an experience unlike any other in Western New York.
The exhibits will be a mix of permanent displays and short term presentations. As a result of the daily changes in sports, music and media, future milestones will be continuously incorporated into new exhibits. This will enable our facility to be continually vibrant and relevant.