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No guest is ever turned away because they’re unable to afford the modest lodging donation. Your gift makes this possible.

KGH50: Celebrating 50 Years

A $1.5 Million multi-project initiative to bring our three original properties up to the same standard of hospitality achieved by opening our newest building at 766 Ellicott Street.

About Kevin Guest House

Inspired by 13-year old Kevin Garvey who traveled to Buffalo to battle leukemia in 1972

As the first independent healthcare hospitality house in America, Kevin Guest House has served as the model for more than 600 houses across the country, including the very first Ronald McDonald House.   

Since opening in July 1972 we have hosted patients and their families, primarily from Western New York, but also from 49 states, Canada, and eleven other countries.

Our mission is to provide a comfortable and supportive home away from home for patients and their families. As America’s first healthcare hospitality house, our vision is to set the standard for compassionate guest care. 

Celebrate 50 Years with the KGH50 Campaign!

As Kevin Guest House celebrates 50 Years of providing a “Home-Away-from-Home” for patients and families traveling for critical medical care, we are committed to setting the standard for compassionate guest care with the highest standards of safety. 

The”KGH50″ Campaign is a $1.5 Million multi-project initiative to bring our three original properties up to the same standard of hospitality achieved by opening our newest building at 766 Ellicott Street. Learn about the major goals of this campaign, and how you can support KGH50. 

We’ve reached our Expansion Goal! 

A critical step in serving our guests, and doubling our capacity. 

The biggest accomplishment of 2020 was closing our first ever capital expansion at the Russell J. Salvatore Hospitality House. Thanks to the gifts from hundreds of donors – and our closing donor, the First Niagara Foundation – a project nearly 20 years in the making is complete, allowing us to now focus on improving our daily operations, making the rest of our campus more suitable for our guests, and strategically plan for our future sustainability. 

Find out more about Naming Opportunities, and other ways to support our future success. 

Our Stories

Welcoming Guests from Any Area Hospital

Kevin Guest House is the only facility that welcomes families and patients of any age and for any type of treatment at all area hospitals including Roswell Park, Kaleida, ECMC and Catholic Health facilities.

Imagine if you were away from home and faced with medical crisis. Where would you stay? How could you afford a long term stay and who would be with you? We hope these stories will inspire you to help pay it forward for the next guest who needs a place to stay.

Watch Our Stories »

Pay It Forward For a Guest

Friends of KGH continue to fundraise online and  year-round to help provide needed funding for the next guests who cannot afford their stay. Donate to a fundraiser or start your own fundraiser now.

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Volunteers Keep Our Doors Open

One of the many ways individuals and corporations can help us continue our mission is to help keep our Healing Garden a beautiful respite and sanctuary for our guests. Consider donating flowers or helping our gardening team to keep it blooming!

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Show Our Families Some Love

Can you provide items that help us maintain our home and keep it safe, clean and comfortable for our guests?  Consider organizing a collection drive with your neighbors, family, school or company. 

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Purchase Our KGH Book

Arcadia Publishing’s writer & national book seller Gerald Halligan, a has told our unique story in a pictorial book about Kevin Guest House.

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Please join us at our 30th Annual Signature Event, Affaire of the Heart on Friday, April 21, 2023 in-person at 500 Pearl, or celebrate from home with our take-home dinner options.

Sommelier wine, hors d’oeuvre, specialty cocktails & live music in two rooms
♥ Auction ♥ Mystery Hearts ♥ Raffle ♥ Wine Wall
Wine, beer & food pairing stations
7:45 PM Seating for the program & coffee stations
Welcome & introductions
Former KGH Board President, Jamie Scotland
8:45 PM Raffle winners announced, dessert stations and live music
10:00 PM Event concludes

Don’t venture far, $1 of each drink purchased post-event at 500 Pearl from 10 PM – 12 AM will be donated back to KGH!

Event Emcee, Heather Ly from WGRZ-TV courtesy of Presentation Sponsor, Northtown Automotive Companies
Performances by daydreamthedj, Common Love (featuring committee member, Catherine Whitehead) & The Voice semi-finalist Cami Clune
Individual in-person tickets – $200
In the event of changes to healthcare guidelines, KGH reserves the rights to substitute to take home meals.
Take home dinner for two – $200 | Enhanced Take home dinner for two – $300
Enhanced upgrade includes meal delivery, two appetizers, additional dessert and recognition on AOH website!
Please arrive at your designated pick up time at 500 Pearl and remain in your car. A volunteer will be out to take your name. Pop your trunk and we will place inside for you. Enjoy & thanks for your support!
Online bidding (sponsored by Howard Hanna) will open April 16 and closes April 23, 2023 at 8 PM.
Event tickets are not required to bid.
Enters you in to win one of three prizes:
Celebrate KGH’s 30th Anniversary of Affaire of the Heart with this: Pearl necklace, bracelet & pair of earrings♥
♥  Enjoy the trip you’ve been dreaming of with a $500 AirBnB Gift Card ♥
♥ Four tickets to a regular season May Buffalo Bisons home game. Excludes special events, including but not limited to May 19th. Enjoy dinner before the game with a $100 gift card to Chef’s Restaurant. ♥
$25 each or three for $50
Three total winners. Do not need to be present to win!


Give one of our guests a VIP dinner experience! Your donation will cover a delicious meal the evening of Affaire of the Heart, served in our Healing Garden for current guests or in their isolated spaces for immune compromised families.

These donors are giving one of our 2023 guests a VIP dinner experience:

Ajay Gupta

Richard & Pamela Schott


RP Oak Hill Building Company Inc.

Or you can pay it forward and help the next family that comes to our doors. A $25 donation covers one night’s stay for one person, $50 covers one night in a bone marrow transplant recovery apartment and $100 covers one night for a family of four in our main house.

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2023 Committee Co-Chairs:

Dr. Christina Tobin and Rosanne Braxton

2023 Committee Members:

Karen Cummings, Kathy Fassl, Judith Gorino, Susan Mailman, Amy Martis, Jonathan Morris, Emily Smaldino, Andrea Tarshus and Cathy Whitehead.

Dress Code & Parking

Cocktail attire
Complimentary Valet Parking courtesy of :
Robert Basil Buick, GMC, Cadillac

Photography Consent

Please note that photographs and video are taken during the event. These images may be used in Kevin Guest House’s marketing materials, the Kevin Guest House website and Facebook page and other products relating to Kevin Guest House. By attending the event, you consent to the possibility of your image being used in KGH-related materials.

Can’t attend but want to help?

We’re looking for items for our basket raffle, online auction, wine wall ($20+) and gift cards ($20+). Download our auction donation form.
Contact Rebecca Nason at to coordinate.

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors: 


Online Auction


Valet Parking


John and Carolyn Yurtchuk


Drs Stephen Edge & Cynthia Swain


Dr. Christina Tobin


Thank you so much for helping us raise $79,000 in 2022 to provide a comfortable and supportive home away from home for our guests. 

This event wouldn’t be possible without the support from our community. Thank you to all those who attended the event and purchased take home meals. Special thanks to our committee and all of the volunteers who worked hard to make the event run smoothly. We greatly appreciate our sponsors and the in-kind donors who provided entertainment, memories and delicious tastings for the event.