​​​​BUFFALO, N.Y. — ​Fundraising events are planned throughout the month of May to benefit the Lt. Aaron Salter Memorial Scholarship.

Salter was the retired Buffalo police officer and security guard that was killed in the May 14 mass shooting.

"There will be 10 scholarships given to Buffalo high school graduating seniors who meet our criteria and represent Lt. Salter’s ethics, morals and civic duty. By continuing in his footsteps, these students will honor the legacy of a true servant to our community," Earl E. Perrin, Jr., president of the Board of Directors for the Lt. Aaron Salter Memorial Scholarship, Inc., commented.

On the first anniversary weekend of the shooting, the scholarship fund will host a charity 5K race. Bills legends like Bruce Smith and Steve Tasker are expected to take part.

"I give so much credit to this hero...for his sacrifice in preventing this from being an even worse tragedy," Smith continued. "This May we will come together remember all whose lives were lost, to honor Aaron Salter’s act of heroism, and to raise funds to carry on his legacy."    

The scholarship is open to students who excel in mechanical or technical skills, just as Salter did.

In addition to the 5K, a celebrity gala and golf tournament are being held later in May with the support of other retired Bills players.

Events include:

  • May 13 - The 514 5K Half-Marathon Sponsored by the Lt. Aaron Salter Memorial Scholarship
  • May 21 - Second Annual Bruce Smith Celebrity Gala
  • May 22 - Second Annual Bruce Smith Celebrity Golf Tournament