For Our City: FCB Partakes In Heritage Centers 5K

(Above: FC Buffalo defender Mitch Skrabacz, who finished 2nd overall, with his parents and sister Leanne, who finished No. 1 amongst women)

One morning after a fun 2-1 win over Zanesville Athletic to open their 2013 campaign, some FC Buffalo staffers, players and supporters took to the streets of Downtown Buffalo to help raise money for Heritage Centers.

Despite a unseasonable — dare-we-say horrible — 50 degree May morning, the team managed to raise over $1,000 for Heritage Centers over the course of Friday night’s 50/50 split club and organizational efforts at race fundraising.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be a small part of such a great event,” said FC Buffalo co-owner Joshua Batten. “Hopefully we’re living up to our lofty goals ‘for our city,’.”

922744_10151530181254792_556348432_nFC Buffalo defender Mitch Skrabacz (West Seneca, N.Y. // Temple University) ran the 5K in just over 18 minutes to finish 2nd overall. The female winner? Oddly enough, his sister Leanne (who ran track at Stony Brook).

“To see players and supporters participating, giving their time and talent, is an amazing and inspiring thing for us,” said FCB general manager Nick Mendola. “Since it took me forever to run the 5K, I had to laugh at Mitch’s consternation in missing out on first place overall.”

FC Buffalo strongly encourages all in the Buffalo community to support Heritage Centers, who supports children and adults with disabilities, and their families, in achieving their desired quality of life by creating opportunities through comprehensive services.

If you have a community event that could benefit from FC Buffalo’s involvement, contact

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  1. As the COO of the Heritage Centers Foundation, I’d like to express my deepest appreciation to everyone from FC Buffalo for helping to make our 5K event such a huge success! Together we raised our $75,000 in support of the children and adults with developmental disabilites we serve. Thank yo so much for all your hard work in raising funds and putting togther such a great team! Hope to see you all again next year….we promise the weather will be warmer!