The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo presented the Montante family and its business, Uniland Development Company, with the Bishop’s Medal at its annual Gala 22:6 Education Dinner celebrating the rising stars of Catholic education.
The Montante family and Uniland were recognized for their commitment to Catholic education in Western New York. With generations of graduates of Canisius High School, the Montante family’s commitment to education is exemplified in both their personal service and generous financial support of local Catholic schools. The family members have long been leaders of the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund which raises money for underprivileged children to attend Catholic school
Uniland President and Managing Director Carl J. Montante Sr. and his wife, Carol, were recognized for years of volunteerism and leadership and “balancing faith, family, and fortune in their daily lives,” The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo said. Their daughter, Vice President of Corporate Relations Laura A. Zaepfel, was applauded for her role in implementing the cross-curricular STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, and math) enhancement program called Finding Noah in the Catholic schools.
Reflecting on the Montante family, Bishop Malone noted, “The Montante family and Uniland Development Company are familiar names to Catholic education, having two generations dedicate their time, talent, and treasure, impacting our schools every day.”
As a company, Uniland has donated time and funding to the Finding Noah project and has participated in the planning, development and management of several projects for local Catholic education, including Canisius High School’s fieldhouse, Canisius College’s Science Hall and Village Townhouses, as well as D’Youville College’s School of Arts, Sciences and Education building. Mr. Montante currently serves on the board of D’Youville College.
The Gala 22:6 was held on February 1, 2018, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.