2018 Friends of Scouting Kickoff

The Seneca Waterways Council Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for our annual Friends of Scouting Kickoff Dinner is Ruben Brown, former Buffalo Bills outstanding guard. He was named to the Buffalo Bills 50th Anniversary Team and awarded the Ralph C. Wilson Distinguished Citizen Award in 2010. .

The dinner is Thursday, December 5th at Locust Hill Country Club, 2000 Jefferson Road in Pittsford. General reception and check-in is from 6-7 and dinner starts at 7 p.m. There is no cost to attend the dinner, but a contribution to the 2018 Friends of Scouting campaign of $250 or more is expected. For information on attending at one of our hosted tables, contact Tony Vogl at (585) 241-8556 or tony.vogl@scouting.org


Ruben Brown had an illustrious athletic career in football and wrestling at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, VA before moving on to the University of Pittsburgh where he starred as an offensive tackle for three years (1992-94). He was named to the All-Big East team three consecutive seasons and earned a BS degree in Sociology/Psychology in 1995. He was selected 14th overall in the 1995 NFL Draft by Buffalo and went on to become an outstanding guard for the Bills from 1995-2003.

Brown was an inspirational leader of the Bills on and off the field, playing in 136 regular season games while making eight straight AFC-NFC Pro Bowls over his nine-year career in Western New York. He was very active in community service work and was named the Buffalo Bills/NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner in 1999, 2001 and 2002. He also won Pro Football Weekly’s Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2003, as well as the 2003 William Booth Community Service Award presented by the Salvation Army.

He started the Ruben Brown Foundation in 2001 “to provide assistance to charities and community organizations that focus on the development of youth through athletics, cultural and educational programs”. He established the Ruben Brown Motorcycle Run in Buffalo to benefit the Salvation Army and continued it in Chicago when he signed with the Bears as a free agent in 2004.

He played three seasons for the Bears, including an appearance in Super Bowl XL (2006) before injuries forced his retirement from the NFL in 2007.

Ruben was named to the Buffalo Bills’ 50th Season All-Time Team and was awarded the Ralph C. Wilson Distinguished Service Award by the Monday Quarterback Club in 2010.

Ruben maintains a busy schedule with charity work, appearances, and speaking engagements, and with radio and TV shows in WNY. He was the 27th Buffalo Bill to be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and the fourth offensive lineman.