After arguably officiating, Bills Mafia donates to visually impaired organization in honor of NFL referees


BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – If you’re still mad at the missed pass interference call on Sunday night, you’re not alone. While there’s nothing fans can do about it, Bills Mafia turns that anger into something productive.

The movement started with a donation from Hunter Schinabeck, a Massachusetts resident but lifelong Bills fan. Outraged by Sunday’s call, he posted the question on social media, asking what fans could do to turn the situation around.

“Someone said, ‘oh donate to a blind charity, for the referees,’ Schinabeck said.

So that’s exactly what he did.

“I found the VIA (Advancement of visual impairment) after a quick Google search. They seemed to be doing a lot of good so it was an easy decision then, ”said Schinabeck. “And then I just made my donation in honor of the NFL referees.”

Vision Impairment Advancement is a local, non-profit rehabilitation agency that helps people with vision loss.

Ryan Zylinski is visually impaired and an employee of VIA. He tells News 4 that the donations will be put to good use for people across western New York City.

“We serve a large population of people. From your birth to our oldest customers – over 100, ”Zylinski said. “We have services in between, so that support makes a difference for a lot of people,” he added.

Donations poured into VIA’s website all day – especially in $ 17 increments, representing Josh Allen’s jersey number.

“The people of Buffalo, when they see an opportunity to help, they rise to the occasion,” said VIA President and CEO Tammy Owen. “It makes you feel good, not only for the customers we serve, but also for the wonderful nature of the people who live in this community. ”

Click here for donate to Vision Impairment Advancement.

Abby Fridmann is a presenter and journalist who joined the News 4 team in November 2020. See more of her work here.


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