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Appeal Week 2015 Culminates with $8.54 Million Raised for 91st Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

Appeal Week 2015 Culminates with $8.54 Million Raised for  91st Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, provided his second report on the progress of the annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal Tuesday, March 31, revealing $8,546,086.80  has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2015.
    
Today’s total represents 78.4 percent of the final goal, which is trending slightly behind last year at this time when 82.3 percent of goal was reached. Funds raised for Appeal 2015 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61sites throughout the eight-county region, and the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith, which supports related ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo. The annual campaign runs through June 30 and carries a goal of $10.9 million.
    

Challenge Gift to Help Create the Stella Niagara Preserve Will Match New Donations Dollar for Dollar

Challenge Gift to Help Create the Stella Niagara Preserve Will Match New Donations Dollar for Dollar

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Friends of the Stella Niagara Preserve announced that they received a $200,000 challenge gift from a local couple, Pamela and Joe Priest, to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve, a new nature preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston. When this $200,000 challenge gift is matched by the Buffalo-Niagara community, the project’s fundraising goal will have been met. The Land Conservancy is now asking residents, businesses and foundations to donate and match this challenge gift by June 1, 2015, in order to complete the project on time and open the preserve to the public later this year. 

Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2015 Opens with $7.43 Million Raised Toward $10.9 Million Goal

Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2015 Opens with $7.43 Million Raised  Toward $10.9 Million Goal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, announced Tuesday, March 24, Catholic Charities’ 91st annual Appeal has raised $7,432,587.16 to date, representing 68 percent of the $10.9 million goal. The total includes monies collected and reported by parish volunteers during the opening weekend (March 21-22) of Appeal Week 2015, the period which marks the strongest push for parish donations.

The total reported is more than $500,000 short of where Catholic Charities’ officials and the Appeal leadership team hoped to be after the first Sunday.

Funds raised for Appeal 2015 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight counties of Western New York, and the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith, which supports related ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo.
    

Mary Queen of Angels School Turns to Community for ‘Wish List’ Assistance

Mary Queen of Angels School Turns to Community for ‘Wish List’ Assistance

 

On the heels of two generous donations from the community — a flat screen television from a local business and art supplies from a WNY resident — Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School has created a “wish list” with the hope of obtaining more useful items for the school.

Compiled by teachers and staff at Cheektowaga’s only Catholic school, the list includes the following new or gently used items:

• Age-appropriate DVDs 

Erie County Plans Emergency Response Exercise

Erie County Plans Emergency Response Exercise

The Erie County Department of Health is seeking hundreds of volunteers from area community groups, student groups and health care providers for an upcoming emergency response exercise.

 

The free event will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 13, in Erie Community College North’s B Building, 6205 Main St., Williamsville.

 

Participants will receive health information, educational materials and family disaster planning tools. A drug and needle drop-off and door prize raffle also will be included.

 

Registration is required before the event by following the instructions at www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=registration-form-march-madness-emergency-response-exercise-3132015.

 

For more information, call 858-7101.

Amherst Meals on Wheels Needs YOU!

Amherst Meals on Wheels Needs YOU!

Amherst Meals on Wheels Needs YOU!! Volunteers are greatly needed to help prepare, pack & deliver meals to needy and home bound clients in Amherst. Can you spare a few hours each week? Please call AMOW at 636-3065. Also if you know someone who can benefit from the services of Amherst Meals on Wheels, please contact them. Warm, nutritious meals with kind companionship...

Concert to Raise Funds and Awareness for the Matt Urban Hope Center

Concert to Raise Funds and Awareness for the Matt Urban Hope Center

 

A concert featuring five bands to benefit the Matt Urban Hope Center, a nonprofit organization that assists the homeless as well as East Side residents who suffer from extreme poverty, will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at The Forvm, 4224 Maple Road, Amherst.

Performing at the event will be Sic Sin, Harvey Brice, Albert the Fish, Destiny of Knowhere and Skinbound. Admission is $10, and guest must be 18 or over unless accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.theforvmbuffalo.com. A basket raffle will also be held during the event.