KeyBank Announces $500,000 Commitment to Explore & More Children's Museum

KeyBank Announces $500,000 Commitment to Explore & More Children's Museum Image




Date: January 11, 2018




Funds will support construction as museum approaches anticipated opening in Q4 2018


BUFFALO, NY – Today, KeyBank and its partner, First Niagara Foundation, announced a $500,000 commitment to support construction for the new Explore & More Children’s Museum. $250,000 will come from each organization.


"Explore & More is thrilled to have the support of KeyBank and its partner the First Niagara Foundation,” said Tina Zinter-Chahin, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees at Explore & More. “Their generous gift further strengthens our mission to provide children with resources and opportunities by opening doors to creativity, curiosity and imagination.”


“Canalside is bustling with year-round activity and KeyBank is proud to help continue the momentum with this gift to Explore & More.” said Gary Quenneville, KeyBank Upstate New York Regional Executive. “This new museum will help children learn in a fun way for years to come. Explore & More’s mission mirrors our mission, helping our communities thrive, and we are proud to support their efforts.”  


With today’s commitment to Explore & More, KeyBank and the First Niagara Foundation have designated several million dollars over the last 18 months to several local non-profit organizations and major projects throughout Western New York, all designed to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in our city and region.


“First Niagara Foundation is proud to join with our partners at KeyBank to support Explore and More,” said Gary Crosby, President of the First Niagara Foundation. “We can’t wait to see the exciting exhibits and learning opportunities this new facility will provide children and families with, right in the heart of Downtown Buffalo.”


The announcement was part of a ceremonial press event held today at the Phillips Lytle office at Canalside. Notable attendees also included Gary Quenneville, KeyBank Upstate New York Regional Executive, Buford Sears, KeyBank Western New York Market President, Elizabeth Gurney, Executive Director of the First Niagara Foundation, and teachers and children from Buffalo’s Waterfront Elementary School. It marks the latest milestone in Explore & More’s “Play It Forward” capital campaign to build the new museum at Canalside.


"We at Explore & More are thrilled to have a major commitment from KeyBank and its partner First Niagara Foundation,” said David McNamara, Chairperson of the Play It Forward campaign. “It is through the generosity of KeyBank and many others, that this community will see this remarkable facility completed this year. We are continuing our efforts to raise the remaining $7.25 million needed to achieve our goal and are encouraged by the interest and enthusiasm of all who learn of the benefits this project will deliver to our community. "


Scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2018, Explore & More will house seven educational play zones, each offering hands-on activities and exhibits that tell the stories of Buffalo for children and families. The project is expected to bring 250,000 new visitors annually to Buffalo’s waterfront.


To learn more about Explore & More Children’s Museum, visit