Attorney Neil Garvey, right, appeared in more than 25 Shakespeare in Delaware Park productions including “The Tempest.”


Today, family and friends of Neil Garvey, the popular actor, lawyer and theater supporter who died in February, announced the establishment of a new foundation in his name. The Neil E. Garvey Foundation for the Arts, will raise money for local theater companies and other arts organizations and help to spread the word about the work they do.

A statement from today’s press release about the foundation’s launch follows:

“During his life, Neil Garvey fought tirelessly to help the theaters of Buffalo and Western New York, knowing that a strong community depends on a strong cultural component. The Neil E. Garvey Foundation for the Arts intends to continue that mission, to foster local theaters through fundraising initiatives, to build awareness for the many artistic endeavors throughout Western New York, and in turn to make Western New York a better place to live.”

“A Midsummer Night’s Picnic,” the first fundraising event to be held under the auspices of the new foundation, is slated for 5 p.m. July 26 in Delaware Park’s Marcy Casino. or call 856-4533 for more information.

–Colin Dabkowski