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Community fundraiser: Benefit for the children of 'Captain Caleb'

Caleb Basiliko, left, pictured with Rob Niemec, worked to champion the Black Rock neighborhood. (News file photo)

Caleb Basiliko, who died March 5 at age 44, left a void in a lot of people's lives. A graduate of SUNY Buffalo State and a fine cabinet maker, Basiliko ran CP Basiliko Custom Woodworking. He also ran a farm in Colden called Basiliko Family Farms, and was a firefighter with the Colden Fire Department.

People called him "Captain Caleb," because of his passion for water and the Great Lakes. Basiliko was a commercial boat captain, scuba diver and a recreational yachtsman. He loved the land as well as the sea, working passionately toward the revitalization of the Black Rock neighborhood that surrounds Grant and Amherst streets.

Now the Buffalo neighborhood is rallying around his family.

Friends and family of Basiliko and of his former wife, Joanna Dickinson, have arranged for a fundraiser at the Sportsmen's Tavern, a Black Rock landmark, to raise money for the education of the couple's four children. Everyone who knew Basiliko knew of the joy and pride he took in the children, who range in age from 6 to 11.

As the organizers say, "Come for a great time and an even greater cause."


What: Benefit for children of Caleb Basiliko.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 27.

Where: Sportsmen's Tavern, 326 Amherst St.

Tickets: $15 donation.

Info: Music by the Kensingtons and Flashback. Raffle prizes include gift cards from local businesses. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.


The News profiles a community-organized fund-raiser once a week. To submit an upcoming fund-raiser for consideration, email

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