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Catholic Charities 2014 Appeal Reaches $10.3 Million; Less than $500,000 Remaining to Reach Goal

With only six weeks remaining before the close of the 2014 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, the annual campaign has raised $10,313,211 in cash and pledges, representing 95 percent of its $10.8 million goal. Appeal leaders are asking the community for their help in raising the remaining $486,789 still needed in order to reach the final goal by June 30.

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, said the Appeal team is grateful for all the support Western New Yorkers have shown so far. He also encouraged those who have not yet donated – or are in a position to give a little more – to please do so.

‘Summer in the City’ Music Event to Benefit Matt Urban Human Services Center

‘Summer in the City’ Music Event to Benefit Matt Urban Human Services Center

 

“Summer in the City,” a fundraising event to benefit the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY, will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St., Buffalo.

Headlining the event will be local band Hotel Bravo. The event will also feature “Buffalo’s first lip sync contest,” according to event organizers.

Catholic Charities Celebrates Senior Corps Week

Catholic Charities Celebrates Senior Corps Week

In celebration of Senior Corps Week, May 19-23, Catholic Charities thanks and recognizes its 87 volunteers in its Foster Grandparent Program. Senior Corps Week, developed by the Corporation for National and Community Service, spotlights the impact of Senior Corps volunteers on their communities.

Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent Program is a program of Service Corps, which is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

In 2013, Catholic Charities’ Foster Grandparents dedicated nearly 96,850 hours in 31 educational settings in Erie County, including 15 Buffalo Public Schools and multiple Head Start sites.

Carol Smith, a Foster Grandparent serving at Buffalo Public School #30, Frank Sedita Elementary School, said that the program has taught her to “continue to do good for others and to keep hope alive.”

Benefit to Aid WNY Resident Awaiting Multiple Organ Transplants

Benefit to Aid WNY Resident Awaiting Multiple Organ Transplants

 

A benefit for West Seneca native and Elma resident Karl Hallmark will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the Iron Workers’ Hall, 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.

Hallmark was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 9 and has dealt with lifelong complication such as compromised vision, neuropathy and kidney dialysis. He is currently on the Cleveland Clinic’s organ transplant list awaiting a new pancreas and kidneys.

An automotive and motorcycle enthusiast, Hallmark worked for M&T Bank from 1994 to 2011 and KeyBank from 1988 to 1994. He is a 1980 graduate of Bishop Timon High School in South Buffalo.

Catholic Charities 2014 Appeal Reaches $9.8 Million Mark

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 12, 2014 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo today reported the 2014 Appeal has reached $9.8 million in cash and pledges, representing 91 percent of this year’s goal. As a result, volunteers and campaign leadership must raise an additional $1 million between now and June 30 in order to reach $10.8 million.

The Appeal is now at $9,806,141.

Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, Catholic Charities diocesan director, said the Appeal team remains cautiously optimistic the 90th annual Appeal will be able to close the gap and ensure a successful conclusion over the next several weeks. “On the plus side, we have raised nearly $1 million since the close of Appeal Week 2014 (April 6-13) which is incredibly encouraging,” said Sister Mary.

Dog Ears Executive Director Thanks Community for Successful Gala

Dog Ears Executive Director Thanks Community for Successful Gala

 

The annual gala for Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, held April 26 at the Buffalo Irish Center, was a huge success, generating much-needed funding that will help support upcoming literary programs at the nonprofit community bookstore.

“I would like to thank all the food vendors for making the event such a huge success,” said Executive Director Tom McDonnell. “It was our biggest and best event yet! The proceeds will help us continue our programs and get ready for our summer camps sponsored by South District Councilman Chris Scanlon.