In recognition of his achievements and endeavors, Golisano has received numerous awards and holds honorary doctorate degrees from five different colleges and universities. Golisano is a member of the board of directors of several private companies and institutions.He is the former owner the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, which he purchased on March 14, 2003, demonstrating his commitment to Western New York and the region's economic climate. Golisano said that it was important to keep the team in Buffalo because it is an economic and community asset. Golisano sold the team in 2011 with the stipulation that the team remain in Western NY.In 1985 he launched his first philanthropic endeavor by establishing the Golisano Foundation, which awards grants to organizations providing opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities.His personal philanthropic contributions to hospitals, educational institutions and other organizations have totaled more than 9 million.Born in Irondequoit, New York, Mr Golisano graduated from Alfred State College in 1962 with a degree in general business management.He was presented an honorary doctorate of humane letters, at his commencement ceremony, on May 17, 2009. Golisano is married to Monica Seles, professional tennis player and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 2010 Rochester Institute of Technology's Nathaniel Rochester Society gave its highest honor to Mr.He is a founding member of the Independence Party of New York and ran on its ticket for governor of New York in 1994, 19.
By receiving more than 50,000 votes each time, Golisano brought the Independence Party an automatic ballot line for the succeeding four years.
Winner of eight Grand Slam singles titles, Seles retired from professional tennis in 2008.
She spent two years away from the game after she was stabbed during a 1993 match in Hamburg, Germany, by a deranged fan of tennis rival Steffi Graf.
The new Center will be named for philanthropist and Paychex and Golisano Foundation Chairman, Tom Golisano, who announced that he is making a matching challenge grant of .5 million to help build the Center.
The will be located on South Avenue near Science Parkway and will include shared program spaces, a sensory gym, classrooms, therapy rooms and more.