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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. 

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.

 

NOCO Express raises more than $13,000 for United Way in July

NOCO Express raises more than $13,000 for United Way in July
NOCO Express customers and employees helped to raise $13,743 for the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. Throughout the month of July, donations of $1, $3 or $5 were collected at all 36 NOCO Express stores through a paper t-shirt pin up campaign.

 

“Thanks to the generosity of our customers and employees, NOCO Express has donated more than $45,000 over the past three years through this in-store campaign to benefit United Way programs,” said Jim DeFilippis, vice president and general manager, NOCO Express. “As a family owned and locally operated company, we are proud to support organizations that benefit the Western New York community.”

 

Rural Outreach Center to Present ‘Roctober’ Event at Elm Street Bakery

Rural Outreach Center to Present ‘Roctober’ Event at Elm Street Bakery

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting rural poverty, will host a fun-filled “Roctober” event from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Elm Street Bakery, 72 Elm St., East Aurora.

The event will feature Elm Street Bakery food, wine and beer, one-of-a-kind silent auction items and music by Doug Yeomans. Tickets to this special event are limited and are available for a $50 donation to the ROC. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Elm Street Bakery, and proceeds will be used to support programs and social work for the underserved and impoverished, helping all to become self-sufficient.

Amherst Senior Center Collecting New Pajamas & Books

Amherst Senior Center Collecting New Pajamas & Books

COLLECTION RUNS SEPTEMBER 1 – OCTOBER 31

The Amherst Senior Center is once again collecting new, unused pajamas (sizes infant to 17 years old) and new children’s books for The Pajama Program. The collection runs from September 1, 2016 through October 31, 2016. All items collected at the Amherst Senior Center will be delivered to The Buffalo Chapter of The Pajama Program who then distributes the items through agencies in the Buffalo area including Cornerstone Manor, Baker Victory Services, Child and Family Services and the Salvation Army.

The Pajama Program benefits area children that are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter and others are waiting to be adopted. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a parent tuck them in a bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. For more information about The Pajama Program, please visit www.pajamaprogram.org.

It’s Your World! Develop It! Powered by AT&T and WNY STEM Hub

It’s Your World! Develop It! Powered by AT&T and WNY STEM Hub

Thirty nine Western New York girls are on their way to smashing through the glass ceiling of the tech and computer programing industry with the assistance of AT&T, WNY STEM Hub, SUNY Buffalo State and the Girls Scouts of Western New York, which have partnered to create and host the region’s first computer coding program exclusively for girls, It’s Your World! Develop It! Powered by AT&T, to encourage more women to enter the field of technology, specifically coding, an industry that is alarmingly male-dominant.