Thanks to all of our community partners!

We owe a big thanks to all of our partners from the 716 community who donated items for our basket raffle. They helped make our event a big success!  Thanks to our community partners we were able to raise money for Summit Educational Resources and raise awareness for autism.

Over 40 guests walked away with amazing baskets in their hands. Some of the highlights were: Autographed Tyler Myers jersey, Vera Bradley bag & blanket set, birthday party at Oogie Games, toys from Raff & Friends, tickets from Bisons, Bandits, and WWE, and many gift cards from local businesses.

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Donations made by:

The Home Depot

The Pancake House


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Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo Bisons

Buffalo Bandits

Buffalo Games

Anderson’s Frozen Custard

Sweet Jenny’s

Oogie Games

Andrea Kendal & Melonie Juliano

AMF Thruway Lanes

Record Theatre


Gina Beisiegel

Impala Brothers Auto Shop

Mary Lynn Tarquini Wiedeman


The Irishman

Owl Orthodontics

Dr. Molly O’Neil


World Wrestling Entertainment

Kathy Bunce & Megan Thering

Paula’s Donuts

Salvatore’s Italian Gardens

Pesces’ Pizza

Raff & Friends

Dash’s Market

DiCamillo Bakery

Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses


The Empire Strikes 4 Bucks: I Thought These Shoes Smelled Bad On The Outside!

What's Going On In Buffalo? Find Out!

ES4Bweb“Leave that 7-10 split to me…”

Any fan of Star Wars will tell you, when battling a moon-sized space station, the secret to victory is to hit the trenches hard. So you’ll understand how counter-intuitive this advice will seem: when attending Summit Educational Resource’s The Empire Strikes 4 Bucks, whatever you do, STAY OUT OF THE TRENCHES!

The Empire Strikes for Bucks is bowling tournament to be held Sunday, October 26th 2014. All of the proceeds of this tournament, and its accompanying open bowling session, benefit Summit Educational Resources and help to raise autism awareness. The team tournament will be held from 12:30-3:30, and open bowling will run 12-4. Also included at this great event are basket raffles, video games, and a special viewing of Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion. There will be interactive performances with Star Wars cosplayers from The North Ridge as well as arts and crafts…

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These ARE the baskets you’re looking for


Stormtroopers love a good basket raffle, and so do you!  The basket raffle from our first year was a huge success.  50 prizes were given away! And we have many more exciting items coming in for this year. Even if you don’t come to bowl- come to raffle!  Come on down to AMF Thruway Lanes on October 26th 12-4pm to join in our amazing raffle! Who knows? Maybe you’ll get to take something home…


On October 26th, not only will Buffalo Star Wars fans have an opportunity to celebrate Star Wars at a family freindly event, but fans will also be treated to a special airing of Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion on ABC.  So come on out to Thruway Lanes for The Empire Strikes 4 Bucks between 12 and 4 pm wearing your favorite Star Wars t shirt or costume and enjoy bowling, basket raffles, and Star Wars activities among good company.  When you get home you can makes some popcorn and curl up on the sofa for the 44 minute first episode of the new hit series that only subscribers to Disney channels have been able to watch.  Fans may be interested to know that James Earl Jones will make a cameo as Darth Vader in a never-before-seen added scene!  Read more at Cinema Blend.  Get your tickets to The Empire Strikes 4 Bucks at Eventbrite.


Join our 1st Annual Bowl-a-thon

Not only does the Empire Strikes 4 Bucks offer open bowling for $10/bowler, but new this year is a bowling tournament designed for those looking for something more.  All you have to do is form a team of 4, give it a fun name, and register by calling Morgan at 716 208 8503, or register on Eventbrite. Registration is $30/bowler, and the money from your registration, plus what your team raises, will be used to help students with autism at Summit Academy.  We will send you some registration materials, like a donation form to help your team raise the most money and take home some great prizes.flier2

Praise for ES4B in local media


The Empire Strikes 4 Bucks was featured recently in an article published by the Buffalo State Record. Culture editor Lucy Lopez interviewed the event’s founder and co-chair Nick Rockwell and parent Darleen Stry who attended our first annual event.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Since you were with a bunch of families that had kids with autism, I felt comfortable there,” Stry said. “For a change the people next to me didn’t look like I was an alien when my kid started to ‘sing’ between frames.”

For the complete article click HERE.

2nd Annual ES4B is on!

Discover the spectrum of possibilities!

The Empire Strikes 4 Bucks is striking back!  Join us October 26th, 2014 at Thruway Lanes for fun for the whole family. Open bowling from 12-4. Our team bowling tournament runs from 12:30-3:30.  Other fun activities include:

  • Basket raffle
  • 50/50 drawing
  • Photo-op with Star Wars cosplayers
  • Interactive performances with Star Wars cosplayers
  • Face painting
  • Quiet room w/ arts & crafts
  • Video Games provided by Oogie Games
  • Kid’s games



Together we can raise awareness- with the force!



The Empire Strikes for Bucks: Update

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A friend of mine shared this photo on my Facebook timeline this week.  Another good friend shared good news in our search for a bowling alley to hold our event next year.  I’ve been busy lately but these developments convince me that it is time to start planning for next year’s event.  There is much to do, especially if we want to make this bigger and better than last year (and we do want to make it bigger and better than last year).  I hope to share some news soon regarding a date and location.