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Phil Haberstro Memorial Walk

Celebration of the Life and Service of Phil Haberstro

The family and friends of Philip L. “Phil” Haberstro IV will honor the former executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo on June 26, with a day of celebration and physical activity he would have enjoyed.

Haberstro, who died Nov. 18, was part of the first graduating class at Cardinal O’Hara High School and founder of the Wellness Institute, which promoted well-being across the region. He led the effort to make Buffalo an All-America City, and for decades was a familiar organizer and presence at community health fairs, health conferences and walks.

In his last few months, he reiterated his desire for two things: that others continue to keep the Wellness Institute thriving as the legacy of his life’s work and support his beloved high school alma mater.

The events on Saturday, June 26 – centered at the high school at 39 O’Hara Road, Town of Tonawanda – are designed to do just that.

Phil Haberstro Remembrance Day – Saturday, June 26

9:30 to 10 a.m.: Onsite registration; you also may register online at the Event Registration tab at

10 a.m.: 4-mile “Spirit of Phil” walk on the Tonawanda Rails-to-Trails pathway.

11:00 a.m.: Reception

Noon: Non-denominational spiritual ceremony, selected speakers

1 to 3:30 p.m.: Memorial reception to include food and beverages provided by family.

Please wear casual attire for all events

Feel free to attend any or all events. An online donation (of $30) is requested, though not required, and will support the Wellness Institute and high school.

 For more information, contact Jim Haberstro at or 253-606-5833 or Renee Orr, Director of Advancement at or 716-695-2600 ext. 312.


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