Chris maloney Legacy foundation

Christopher Thomas Maloney was born April 1, 1993. His true passion was to the sport of Golf; encompassing the traditions, individual commitment, honesty and ethics, required perseverance, and social aspects.  Chris harnessed these facets to help battle the disease of addiction which ultimately took his life on June 19, 2016.

The Chris Maloney Legacy Foundation is a registered 501c3 charitable organization.  Sustainability will allow the organization to direct funds and support to a variety of programs that look to prevent addiction in unique and helpful ways.  Finding avenues to strengthen character in our youth, providing for stronger and longer lasting support systems within our communities, and creating effective and truthful education are current focus points.

Our Mission

The mission of the Chris Maloney Legacy Foundation is to raise awareness of the growing issues surrounding addiction.  Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.  Assisting in the prevention of addiction is our long term target, along the way we hope to support in the treatment of this disease as well.

The short term goal is to celebrate a beautiful life lost to this disease.  These initial event funds will build the base for long term efforts to serve our community on a perpetual basis.   Subsequent golf tournaments and various other events will further support our mission.


Deborah Maloney Hicks – President

Deb is a Magna CumLaude graduate of Niagara University, Bachelors of Business Administration. She is an accountant for Kelton Enterprises, Tim Horton’s Franchise owner. Deb is a past Member, Treasurer, and President for Lockport Junior Service League from 1998-2008, where she spearheaded many original, charitable projects, including several Buffalo Sabres Alumni Game(s) to benefit local charities.

“Respect and honesty is the cornerstone of our Foundation‘s pursuit and passion in prevention. Chris carried that respect and honesty for the game of golf with him every time he picked up his clubs. No matter who he played, how difficult the course, or what the score was. Take this beyond a game, and instill it in one’s growing character–so it’s not even a question of having to say ‘No,’ it’s simply not asked.”

Bruce Armitage – Vice President

Bruce is a Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he leads a research group dedicated to developing biomedical technology for basic research, diagnostics and therapeutics, and teaches classes in organic chemistry and the chemistry of addiction. Bruce’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and has led to the successful training of 20 Ph.D. students. He is also the co-founder of an interdisciplinary research center, the Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology, and a biotechnology company, PNA Innovations.

Bruce is proud to have been Chris’ uncle and godfather, and he easily imagines Chris sitting in his classroom, asking thoughtful questions and spiritedly debating the key points of each lecture.

Tom Maloney – Treasurer & Secretary

Tom is a graduate of Niagara University’s accounting program and has 36 years of financial and operational experience.  Tom’s days are currently occupied as Vice President of Finance for NETZSCH Pumps North America, LLC as well as CFO and Treasurer for NETZSCH USA Holdings, Inc.

Tom has been involved with youth based non-profits for many years. Tom was a past president of DeSales Catholic School Board of Trustees and involved with the strategic direction of the school as a board member for seven years. Tom was also Director of Administration for Clarence Youth Hockey and was instrumental in developing the boys’ youth hockey program with the Niagara County Coyotes Hockey Organization. Many other health and youth-based organizations have benefitted from Tom’s fund-raising efforts through the years.

Helping to provide our local youth ways to navigate these difficult paths thrust upon them will be another challenge Tom will focus on.

“Battling this disease before it takes hold will require the efforts of a village. I am just one person who gladly welcomes others to join in our efforts at the Chris Maloney Legacy Foundation.”

As his Dad, I know Chris’s legacy will not be defined by a short period in which he lost his battle with this disease. Rather a treasure trove of lasting memories encompassing an enthusiastic life, and the ultimate results of this Foundation created in his memory, will be his legacy….”

Mark Kuligowski – Marketing Director, Board Member

Mark is a marketing director with an aptitude for operations management, which he brings to all projects, companies and organizations he touches around Western New York. He utilizes his passion and expertise in creating, growing, and protecting brands along with understanding their business systems to help truly make an impression in their respective marketplaces. Mark is an active member in the Families of FANA organization in Western New York for adopting families and adopted families in Bogota Colombia. He is also a certified USA Hockey coach. He owned, operated and head coached North Tonawanda Hockey, as well as head coached in the Wheatfield and Amherst organizations. Yes, he did coach Chris Maloney, as well as his own daughter, Lauren Kuligowski.

“I am a lover of words. I’m an all in kind-of-individual. When I see someone’s spirit and relentless passion to make something positive happen, I want to be a part of it and help in anyway I can. Our youth is our most precious and valued asset to our communities. The world requires hard work, great awareness, and sincere compassion in order to be successful. Children need to have the strongest, uplifting, moral character they can muster, which coupled with great fun and education based programs and solid local mentors, is entirely possible. The Chris Maloney Legacy Foundation is positioned exactly this way, and I’m proud to be a part of it.” 

Leibert Danielson – Board Member

Leibert is a retired Aerospace Engineering Executive with a 36 year career involved in aircraft systems. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Management, respectively. His career began in 1983 with Cessna Aircraft Company and joined BFGoodrich in 1987. He held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, program management, operations and quality, and led the engineering organizations for multiple aircraft system product lines. The company was acquired by United Technologies in 2012, and he retired in 2019 after 6 years as Vice President in Central Engineering of the Collins Aerospace business unit of UTC.

“Primarily my interest in the foundation derives from a close personal friendship with Chris and his family, and the deep sense of loss that I often feel.  The alarming growth in the number of Americans lost each year to this epidemic, and the urgent need for private and public efforts to stem the tide, continues to weigh heavy on our communities across this nation. Awareness and impact is needed, and this foundation in his name, can be that positive impact.” 

Our Valued Partnerships

The Chris Maloney Legacy Foundation is proud to announce its partnership with The First Tee of Western New York.  There was really no question that Chris Maloney’s passion and respect for the game of golf was eventually going to lead us to this dynamic organization. Their programs, including the Nine Core Values statement, are a stable backbone of encouragement and positivity that can truly assist in prevention.

Chris, himself, while in the middle of his battle both on the collegiate golf courses and off, always stated how much he wanted to be a mentor in this program. He not only understood the value of it to the game of golf, but he understood the more important benefit to the individual and the communities they lived in.

“The opportunity to partner with the Chris Maloney Legacy Foundation is very exciting for our organization,” said Tim Frank, Executive Director of The First Tee of Western NY. “There is tremendous synergy with the mission of both organizations around building character, instilling life-enhancing values and promoting healthy choices with the youth of our community to ultimately make better decisions.”

The First Tee of Western New York is a true fit for our foundation and our mission statement, and we are extremely proud to be a partner,” said Deb Maloney Hicks, Board President of the Chris Maloney Legacy Foundation.

About The First Tee of Western NY
The First Tee of Western NY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization in Western NY whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee of Western NY has grown to deliver programs throughout Western NY at participating schools and golf courses including Grover Cleveland, Harvest Hill, Elma Meadows, Brighton, Spruce Ridge, Glen Oak and Niagara Frontier CC.

The First Tee’s Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of AmericaPGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair.

Kids First Golf Classic

2019 Kids First Golf Classic Website
May 20th 2019 at Park Country Club