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Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Suneel’s Light, a Western New York non-profit foundation with the mission of raising funds for research that will lead to a cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and to increase public awareness of the genetic disease, has announced that local philanthropist and nationally renowned restaurateur, Russell Salvatore will serve as the 2016 Honorary Chairman of Suneel’s Celebrity Gala, the Foundation’s annual “Dancing with the Stars” inspired fundraiser. Peter M. Vito, retired commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services and chairman and CEO of Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc., and his wife Elizabeth R. Donatello, Esq. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney were also named Event Chairs. Funds raised by Suneel’s Celebrity Gala in Buffalo help this local non-profit foundation support critical research for treatments in search of a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a lethal genetic childhood disease. 

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Suneel’s Light, a Western New York non-profit foundation with the mission of raising funds for research that will lead to a cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and to increase public awareness of the genetic disease, has announced that local philanthropist and nationally renowned restaurateur, Russell Salvatore will serve as the 2016 Honorary Chairman of Suneel’s Celebrity Gala, the Foundation’s annual “Dancing with the Stars” inspired fundraiser. Peter M. Vito, retired commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services and chairman and CEO of Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc., and his wife Elizabeth R. Donatello, Esq. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney were also named Event Chairs. Funds raised by Suneel’s Celebrity Gala in Buffalo help this local non-profit foundation support critical research for treatments in search of a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a lethal genetic childhood disease. 

Audubon Nature Center Supports Fall Regional Bird Count

Audubon Nature Center Supports Fall Regional Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center supports the Buffalo Ornithological Society’s (BOS) ambitious effort every fall to count birds in Western New York.

Whether watching on their own property or committing to a larger area, it takes many people -- beginning to advanced birders -- to cover the four-county territory that is counted. 

If you have experience in bird counting, you can be part of this important work by volunteering on Saturday October 8.  If you’re interested but inexperienced, you could observe others and learn for future counts.   

The BOS count has been held every second Saturday in October since 1939.  The date was chosen to coincide with the end of the fall migration. 

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Local Author Bill Metzger

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Local Author Bill Metzger

Bill Metzger, author of “An Empty Desk” and “The Lolita File,” will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 for a book-signing event.

In “An Empty Desk,” on the first day of a new school year, Keisha Jones is told that a student's body has been discovered in the school dumpster. The police have identified the student as Julia Rodriquez, but are having trouble locating her parents. When Keisha provides the police with an address, they tell her she is mistaken, that the house is abandoned. The school social worker decides to visit the address herself. When a neighbor tells her that the house harbors drug addicts, Keisha feels, intuitively, that something is missing from the picture!

Environmental Summit to Focus on Solar-Powered Energy

Environmental Summit to Focus on Solar-Powered Energy

AMHERST, N.Y. – The benefits of solar power as a renewable energy and Canalside Buffalo’s unique solar-powered carousel project will be explored by industry experts at the 12th annual Western New York Environmental Summit scheduled for Sept. 24 at Daemen College.

The summit, “The Power is You: Sustainable Communities Are Here,” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the college’s Wick Campus Center. The environmental-focused event is free and open to the public, and breakfast will be provided to attendees.

“We are pleased to bring together professionals from the solar energy industry who will offer valuable perspective on this renewable energy source and how it is paving the way to a cleaner, more sustainable future,” said Cheryl Bird, executive director of the Daemen Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement.

Annunciation Program to Focus on Works of Mercy

Annunciation Program to Focus on Works of Mercy

An evening focused on Spiritual and Corporal Works on Mercy will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Selbert Hall at The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma

Participants will gain a better understanding of the works of mercy through organizations that live them out. Representatives from Girard House, Response to Love Center, Mother Teresa House, Harvest House, Catholic Charities (Refugee Division) and Kairos will participate in the event. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please visit www.annunciation.cc or call 683-5254.

 

Tricks, Treats and Scary Good Times Planned at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Tricks, Treats and Scary Good Times Planned at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

A variety of fun and slightly scary events are on the autumn schedule at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village during the month of October. Heritage Village is located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst.