Pathways Park

A park dedicated to our committed Ride community.

Kathy and Joe Curatolo Pathways Park is the embodiment of the spirit of the Ride for Roswell.

Not only does it provide a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of Buffalo’s Medical Campus, but it also serves a significant purpose.

Pathways to Hope abstract metal sculpture by Ellen Steinfeld.

In June 2015, local business leaders Ron Schreiber, Michael Joseph, and Gary Crosby commissioned a sculpture to honor Ride for Roswell founder Mitch Flynn on the occasion of the event’s 20th  anniversary.

Entitled “Pathways to Hope”, the work was created by internationally recognized local artist Ellen Steinfeld and installed at the entrance to the Roswell Park campus at the corner of Ellicott and Carlton streets.

In 2017, the space around the sculpture was named Pathways Park and, to recognize their singular dedication to Roswell, pavers inscribed with the names and achievements of more than 100 top volunteers and fundraisers dating back to the first Ride in 1996 were placed at the base of the sculpture. 

In 2020, thanks to a generous gift by late Roswell Park Alliance Community Board member Kathy Curatolo, and her husband Joe, the space was reconfigured, expanded, and re-dedicated as The Kathy and Joe Curatolo Pathways Park.

At the end of each Ride season, commemorative pavers with the names of new top individual and team fundraisers and volunteers are added to the space in recognition of the Ride community’s dedication to our common cause of finding cures for cancer.

The park is maintained thanks to the generosity of longtime Roswell Park and Ride for Roswell supporters, Kathy and Joe Curatolo.

Volunteer Leadership

Co-chairs, 1996 -2006

1996
Mitch Flynn
John Farmelo

1997
Mitch Flynn
John Farmelo
Sally Russell

1998
Sally Russell

1999
Lynn Gates
Russ Luke
John Mineo

2000
Lynn Gates
Russ Luke

2001
Lynn Gates
Russ Luke

2002
Marvin Barberich
Lynn Gates
Chris Wilkins

2003
Mitch Flynn
Chris Wilkins

2004
Mitch Flynn
Peter O’Keefe

2005
Mitch Flynn
Blue Hannon
Peter O’Keefe

2006
Mitch Flynn
Blue Hannon
Rick Suchan

Steering Committee Members

*Terry Bourgeois

*Chris Eberle

*Mitch Flynn

*Blue Hannon

William Loecher

*Chris McNamara

Lettia Milito

*Jon Olsen

Jim Reger

*Sally Russell

*Angelo Veanes

*Bill Wallace

* Honored in 2013 with the Roswell Alliance’s Katherine Anne Gioia Inspiration Award

Volunteers of the Year

2005
Justine Jopp

2011
Ron Brodowski

2013
Lettia Milito

2014
The Citron Family

2015
Jeanette Chimino &
Karen Mitsopolous

2016
Marit Ogin & The Signs Crew;
Bob Drajem

2017
Jon Olsen

2018
Bill Niblock

2019
Debbie Latona

2020
Rick Menke

2021
Katie Gilliland

2022
Vinny Milito

2023
Jim Mize

Top 10 Fundraisers

Individual fundraiser names are shown under the first year in which they were a Top 10 fundraiser. That year and subsequent years of Top 10 appearances are in parentheses. Names and years in red indicate that the individual was the #1 fundraiser in those years.

1996
Katy DeGirolamo (1996, 1997, 1998)

1997
Ellen Goldstein
Gary Grabowski (1997, 1998)
Cheryl Groszkowski
Ron Opferbeck (1997 – 2003, 2009)
Matt Petroski (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 – 2004)
Lisa Podwika
Andrew Sobczyk
Michael Ventre (1997, 1998, 2000 – 2003)

1998
Matthew Young

1999
Catherine Barberich
Nicole Barrile
David Harding
Michelle Koopman
Richard Sliwinski

2000
Dan Fiebelkorn (2000 – 2004)

2001 
Paul Babbitt
Joseph Floss
Sharon Heim (2001 – 2003)
Peter O’Keefe (2001 – 2004)
Michael Orlowski
Richard Schieb

2003
Margaret C. Katsinis
Mike Piemonte (2003 – 2006, 2008)
Daniel Scime (2003, 2004)
Dante Terrana

2004
Mitch Flynn (2004 – 2022)
Alexander Grano (2004 – 2006, 2008)
Blue Hannon (2004, 2005)
Paul Hurley, Jr.

2005
Gordon Gross (2005, 2006 – 2010, 2011 – 2015)
William Horbett
Dorothy Keenan
Renee O’Keefe (2005, 2006)
Hilary Roy
Angelo Veanes (2005, 2006 – 2010, 2011, 2012- 2019)

2006  
David Brown (2006 – 2015)
Gil Farkash (2006, 2007)
Janice Pumm
George Satur
Elizabeth Smith

2007
Steve Korn
Sadashiv Shenoy (2007, 2010, 2011)
Amanda Sobczyk
Mark Winkler

2008
Michael Doran
Michael Forth (2008, 2010)
Susan Fraser
Brent Hudson

2009
Domenick Callocchia (2009 – 2011)
Thomas Doran
Benjamin Freidson
William McLaughlin
Irving Shuman (2009 – 2011)

2010
Liam Fischer
Joseph Sleap (2010, 2011)

2011
Bob Colmerauer
Sarah Gilfillan (2011, 2012)

2012
John Conciardo (2012 – 2021,
2022, 2023)
Tom Cunningham (2012, 2019)
William Loecher (2012 – 2021,
2022, 2023)
Robert Van Wicklin (2012, 2013)
Barb Waclawek (2012 – 2022)

2013 
Greg Cavanaugh (2013, 2017, 2018)
Catherine Shuman Miller

2014 
Dave D’Arata (2014, 2016)
Samantha Van Wicklin (2014 – 2020)
AJ Walczak (2014 – 2016)

2015
Luca Comaratta

2016
Matt Lasher (2016 – 2019)
Blake Walsh (2016, 2018, 2020)

2017 
Mickey Osterreicher (2017, 2018)
Ken Rogers (2017, 2023)

2018
No new individuals in Top 10

2019
Joseph Curatolo (2019 – 2023) Mark Geraci, Sr.

2020
Thomas Chrzanowski (2020 – 2023)
Bernice Kuca (2020 – 2023) Frans De Waal

2021
Daniel Draudt
Peter Good
Leslie Kramer

2022
Bob Drajem
Adam Draudt
Lorrie Turner-Benigni (2022, 2023)

2023
Beverly Eberz
Cheryl Reinhardt

Top Lifetime Fundraisers

$1,000,000 and up
John Conciardo
*William Loecher

 
$500,000 and up
Mitch Flynn

*New at this level in 2023

$250,000 and up
*Joe Curatolo
Gordon Gross
Angelo Veanes
Barb Waclawek 

$100,000 and up
David Brown
Gregg Cavanaugh
Thomas Chrzanowski
Bob Drajem
Bernice Kuca
Matt Lasher
Al Lowman
Mickey Osterreicher
Kenneth Rogers
*Amanda Sobczyk-Perez
*Lorrie Turner-Benigni
Samantha Van Wicklin
AJ Walczak 

Top Youth Fundraisers

1996 – 1999
Katy DeGirolamo

2000 –2002
Daniel Scime

2003
Sean McLean

2004
Caitlyn Littlewood

2005 – 2010
Alexander Grano 

2011
Sean McNamara

2012
Brendan Cunningham

2013
AJ Walczak

2014
Samantha Van Wicklin

2015
Luca Comaratta 

2016 – 2020
Samantha Van Wicklin

2021
Nick Calandra

2022
Rosalie Comaratta

2023
Vidya Shah 

Top All-Time Teams

$2,500,000 and up 
West Herr

$1,000,000 and up
Kids Just Want To Have Fun
Team Linde
Team Roswell

$500,000 and up
Ferguson Electric Red Riders
Gross Shuman P.C.
M&T Bank
Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC
Team Salvadore
The Donor Center
UB Spirit / University at Buffalo

$250,000 and up
*Baillie Lumber
Danielle’s Wild Birds / Jumbo’s Team
Fighting Irish Fighting Cancer
Fran’s Angels
Gene Machine
Miles For Monica
Missy’s Extra Milers
New Era Cap Company
Rainbow Riders
Team Rosswell
The Jacquie Hirsch For A.L.L. Foundation
The Remission Commission
*TMP Technologies
Tops Friendly Markets
Valerie’s Victorious Velocipedists 

$100,000 and up
103.3 The Edge
*Al’s Heroes
BAC Spokes
*Big Wheels Bike Club
*Buffalo Eats
*Carol & Mike’s Cruisers
*Clarence Christian Crusaders
*Curacers
Cure de Madeline
Deerhurst Disciples
DuPont Family & Friends
First Niagara Financial Group
Five Star Bank
*Gratwick Growlers
Ingram Micro Community Engagement
John Newman Mission Community
Let’s Get Lizzicyle*
Michael’s Angels
Miles for Mike
Niagara Frontier Bicycle Club (NFBC)
On Eagle’s Wings
Pavement Pounders
Peds Patrol
Racin’ for Rick
RFR Committee
Robert’s Lake Effect Team
Russ’s Riders
*Stewart Title Insurance
Survivor Seekers
*Team 400
*Team Annalynn

Team CSX
Team Devo
*Team Otterly Phil
Team Roswell-Alliance
Team SBU #CarneyStrong
*Team Schmitz
The Garbage Can Turkeys
*The Lymph-Oh!-Maniacs
*The Orange DOTs
*Wheelin’ For Healin’
*Young Adults Love Fest Team

*New at this level in 2023

Yearly Results of the Ride

Through 2023, The Ride has raised more than $74 million for research and patient care at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

1996 
986 Riders
$101,018 

1997
1,214 Riders
$166,565 

1998
1,765 Riders
$195,566 

1999
2,190 Riders
$237,548 

2000
2,127 Riders
$308,753 

2001
2,342 Riders
$330,421 

2002
2,232 Riders
$326,450 

2003
1,573 Riders
$343,963 

2004
2,058 Riders
$540,310 

2005
2,913 Riders
$913,706 

2006 
3,715 Riders
$1.26 Million 

2007
4,957 Riders
$1.7 Million 

2008
5,562 Riders
$2.0 Million 

2009
6,485 Riders
$2.4 Million 

2010
7,096 Riders
$2.8 Million 

2011
7,294 Riders
$3.2 Million 

2012
7,084 Riders
$3.8 Million 

2013
7,777 Riders
$4.0 Million 

2014
8,216 Riders
$4.4 Million 

2015
8,000 Riders
$4.6 Million 

2016
7,200 Riders
$4.6 Million 

2017
7,401 Riders
$4.7 Million 

2018
7,751 Riders
$5.4 Million 

2019
7,942 Riders
$5.6 Million 

2020
5,140 Riders
$3.6 Million 

2021
6,173 Riders
$5.2 Million 

2022
7,790 Riders
$5.7 Million 

2023
8,080 Riders
$5.8 Million 

 

*As of August 8, 2023