The Dennis J. Amore Memorial Scholarship

The Allegany County Area Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Dennis J. Amore Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will benefit the graduates of the Friendship Central School. It will be awarded to a high school senior or a current college student who must have a 3.0 GPA. The applicants must have participated on a high school athletic team and in a community service project within the last twelve months.

Dennis J. Amore was born on May 19th in Olean, New York. He was the son of Anthony and K. Ramona Amore. He was a 1968 graduate of Allegany Central School where he played football and baseball. In football Denny was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year, and in baseball he was chosen as an all-star for the 1968 and 1969 seasons.

Denny graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1972. He married Rebecca Stayer in November of that same year. Rebecca and Denny had three children: Tiffany, Jason, and Edward.

Denny began his teaching career in Syracuse where he taught for one year. He then moved back home to teach in the Friendship Central School for the next 39 years. Along with his teaching Denny served as Athletic Director, and he coached soccer, basketball and softball. In 2007, he was inducted into the Allegany County Athletic Hall of Fame.

After his retirement in 2012, Denny was still an active member for the Friendship Sports Boosters, volunteering at can drives and working at the snack shack during soccer, softball and baseball games. Even as he was entering his second year of retirement, many asked when he and his wife were going to move from Friendship to some warm place near sand. His answer was always the same, “Friendship is home. Where else would I want to be?”  The Friendship Central School lost an unwavering pillar with Denny’s passing.

The FCS Scholarship Committee wanted to create the Dennis Amore Memorial Scholarship Fund, so that his commitment to FCS can help students long into the future. This scholarship will honor not only his memory, but also his commitment to the Friendship community as a whole.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets near 8 million dollars and continues to add new funds each year. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of our Allegany County citizens. This past year the Foundation awarded $239,300 in scholarships alone.

 If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will in our community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or visit their web site at: