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Interview with Board Member of the 100 Club of Buffalo: Joan Richter

By November 20, 2023News

Joan Richter

Q: What year did you become involved as a board member of the 100 Club and why did you decide to join?

I joined the Board of Directors in 2022.  I was asked by my friend and fellow Board member Jennifer O’Neill.  My family has been active in the fire and police professions for decades.  My Grandfather, Vincent Fildes, worked as a Buffalo Firefighter.  My Father John Fildes retired from the Accident Investigation Unit of the Amherst Police Department and has been a volunteer fire fighter with Snyder Fire Department since the 1970s.  He is also an EMT-B and teaches certification classes at the State level. Even my mother served as a volunteer firefighter!  The 100 Club was a perfect opportunity to recognize and support others with similar interests and backgrounds as my family.    

Q: Could you share some specific programs funded by the 100 Club of Buffalo that support WNY heroes and their families, as well as the impact of these programs on the community? 

The 100 Club provides educational scholarships to the children of first responders as well as active first responders.

Q: In what other ways does the 100 Club of Buffalo provide assistance and support to first responder service providers in the Western New York (WNY) region? 

The 100 Club provides disability benefits to officers who suffer catastrophic and permanent injuries while serving in the line of duty. 

Q: The annual Hero Awards Dinner is a significant event for the 100 Club of Buffalo. Why is the event important for WNY first responders and their families?  

First responders by their nature tend to be selfless and shy away from public recognition.  The Hero Awards Dinner is a wonderful opportunity to praise these individuals in an environment filled with supportive family, friends and colleagues.

Q: What are your responsibilities being a part of the law firm of Hagelin Spencer?  

I represent and defend the interests of individuals and companies who are facing litigation due to motor vehicle accidents or accidents that occur on their property.  My job is to make the litigation process less formidable while minimizing financial risk to my clients.

Q: What is the Buffalo Police Explorers and what do you do for the organization as a board member? 

The Buffalo Police Explorers is a program that pairs youth in the Buffalo community with law enforcement in both class room and hands on experiences in an effort to develop leadership skills, self-discipline, and promote the value of community service.  As a Board Member, I help organize and run fundraising activities to support the Explorers.

Q: If you have any spare time, what are some of your hobbies and interests? 

I love being active, whether it’s playing tennis, boxing, or walking our dogs.  I enjoy organizing fundraising activities for animal rescue groups. My husband and I also love trying new restaurants in the Western New York area.