improving family life, 

knowledge and understanding!


Graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Accounting,  then spent three years on active duty in the US Army Corp of Engineers after followed by 20 years in the Army Reserves.

Patrick Buffa

President and Chief Executive Officer

In that role he developed and launched both the public and private foundations of this billion dollar corporation. Under his leadership these entities raised and distributed over $12 million to charities both in Central Florida and across the country where Westgate operates resorts, offices and other facilities.

On the fund-raising side the Westgate Foundations broke new ground in their ability to forge partnerships with Westgate owners, guests, employees, vendors and business partners.


On the donation side the charity was equally innovative in developing new programs in fields as diverse as foster care, at-risk families and children, the arts and disaster relief.

Chernoff moved to Winter Park in 1990 from New York City with his wife Denise and initially started an advertising agency/public relations firm. He quickly began volunteering for the fledgling committee working successfully to bring the World Cup soccer matches to Orlando in 1994.

He has also volunteered his time for Florida Citrus Sports, Habitat for Humanity, Heart of Florida United Way and Special Olympics.

Chernoff holds a BA degree from Columbia University in New York and an MBA from New York University.

Pat Graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Accounting,  then spent three years on active duty in the US Army Corp of Engineers after followed by 20 years in the Army Reserves.

Started with the Investment firm, Harris Upham, now Morgan Stanley as a Financial Consultant - moved to Durham in 1985 to manage an office for then Smith Barney Harris Upham, and transferred to Orlando to manage the local Smith Barney office in 1985.  Retired from Smith Barney in 2001 – Currently with NBC Securities in Maitland.

Pat is married to Deborah  and has two Son’s Alex and Chris and three grandsons, Brac and Tucker and Cooper.

He has been active in each community where we has lived primarily with organizations that served at risk kids.
In Orlando; he is the Past President of the Orlando Breakfast Rotary Club - Past board member of Junior Achievement - on the Valencia College Foundation board – have been active with local veterans groups. Founded City of Life in 2000 thanks to Mary Demetree and currently serves as President.

Allan Chernoff

Chief Operating Officer

Allan joined City of Life in 2007 after 14 years at Central Florida Investments/Westgate Resorts. For the last seven of those years he was the founding Executive Director of the Westgate Resorts Foundations.