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FC Buffalo is proud to announce a new community initiative, and to invite the local soccer community to pitch into the project.

Together with downtown restaurants Frankie Primo’s +39 and Soho Buffalo, FC Buffalo is calling upon Buffalo soccer to help raise money for the Courage of Carly Fund — formerly known as Carly’s Club — at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Frankie Primo’s and Soho owner Jay Manno is sponsoring FCB’s home kit, and donating the front of a special grey away kit (above) to the Courage of Carly Fund. FCB will wear also this grey kit during the home Erie County Derby on June 29.

Clarence Soccer Club has chosen to attend the match that day, and FCB will donate half of the proceeds of every ticket sold through Clarence back to the Courage of Carly Fund. We thank CSC director of coaching Tom Karanas for his club’s encouragement and participation, as well as Kenmore Soccer Club operations manager Ken Voght, who will be using the club’s TBA day at an FCB game for the fundraising effort.

Any youth club, team, business, or organization interested in joining the project can email nick@fcbuffalo.org for more information.

“Taking care of kids has always been a huge part of my family’s life,” said Manno. “I have a sister on the board for Sisters Hospital. My whole family has done events for Camp Good Days. Elsie Dawe of the Children’s Hospital Foundation has been a great friend and mentor.  We’ve always done as much as we can for those causes. I have two young children of my own, as well as two young grandchildren. Their ages directly coincide with my involvement with the Courage of Carly Fund. I’ve been a part of Summer Splash, the Holiday Gift Gathering party, and the White Party since all of their inceptions. Sick children have made no decisions to get where they are. There’s nothing more heartbreaking than a sick child, and The Courage of Carly Fund is a wonderful thing.”

FC Buffalo’s home jersey will be unveiled in the run-up to Friday’s home opener, and all pre-ordered jerseys will be available for pick-up at the opener, or will otherwise be shipped over the weekend.

FCB’s next home match comes Friday, May 18 against Fort Pitt Regiment. Admission is $8 at the door, $7 presale, or discounted deeper as part of our season ticket packages.