Nancy Haberman Gacioch '62 to Address Daemen College Class of 2012
Nancy Haberman Gacioch ‘62 to Address Daemen College Class of 2012
April 25, 2012
Contact: Mike Andrei
Nancy Haberman Gacioch ’62, philanthropist; strong supporter of many Buffalo and Western New York charitable organizations; business owner; and former teacher, will speak to the Daemen Class of 2012. Commencement ceremonies will begin at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19, in Kleinhans Music Hall, in Buffalo.
Gacioch was a member of the Daemen College Board of Trustees for six years, from 2005 to 2011. In 2004 she received the Distinguished Alumni Outstanding Service to the Community Award.
Gacioch studied social studies and economics at the former Rosary Hill College, now Daemen College. Recently, she provided the seed money to start the College’s Interdisciplinary Minor in Entrepreneurship and an accompanying entrepreneurial lecture series at Daemen. The Nancy Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Lecture Series is focused on providing a significant incentive for students in the area of business entrepreneurship. The series began in spring, 2011, and has continued through the 2011-2012 academic year.
Gacioch has also provided funding for a new scholarship, the Nancy Haberman Gacioch Endowed Scholarship for Women, which is needs-based and primarily for WNY residents.
“I believe it is important for there to be a significant incentive for women, especially, in the area of business entrepreneurship,” Gacioch has said. The lecture series is now helping women in the program to learn first hand the experiences of building a business; how to achieve success; along with tuition assistance and other program financing needs.
Some years ago Gacioch, then a stay-at-home mother of three, received an invitation to join a group of women interested in helping support a haven for the care of physically or emotionally abused children. As a teacher and board member in education, she realized the importance of the work being done by Buffalo’s Child Advocacy Center and joined in without hesitation.
Since then, Gacioch has worked on the boards of many other organizations to improve the educational and cultural opportunities for all Buffalo-area residents; ease the burden of families and their loved ones facing a serious health situation; or care for homeless or mistreated animals wanting nothing more than a loving home.
In addition to the SPCA and the Child Advocacy Center, Gacioch has been involved in the Board of Trustees of Shea’s Center for the Performing Arts and its executive board (helping to create special programs on the grammar school level); St. Francis High School in Athol Springs; and the Hospice Foundation.
Nancy Haberman Gacioch and her husband, Bill, are widely known for their philanthropy in Buffalo and Erie County. Their great success in creating a business employing 300 people and providing housing for over 20,000 tenants around the country has enabled them to make a significant difference in the lives of many residents of Buffalo and Western New York. National Property Management Associates (NPMA), now headquartered in Orchard Park, was founded more than 45 years ago.