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Erie County SPCA Sponsors Paws in the Park Walk

As the SPCA’s longest-running fundraiser, the Paws in the Park Walk presented by Keller Technology Corporation invites people to come with (or without) their dog to a two-mile walk at Beaver Island State Park on Saturday, September 11, at 11 a.m. (Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.)

The day includes lunch for participants and the opportunity to interact with: 50 or more pet-related vendors, exhibitors and canine rescue groups; judged dog trick, costume and dog-owner look-alike contests; an agility course for the dogs; and fun for children and adults alike with inflatable bounce houses. 

Participants are encouraged to raise pledges that directly benefit the people and animals the SPCA assists. In return, these participants win incredible prizes, including airline tickets, messenger bags, and pet first aid kits!

For more information, visit the Paws in the Park website.

Muslim Public Affairs Council to Hold Inter-Faith 'Solidarity Walk' This Week

AMHERST, N.Y. -- The Muslim Public Affairs Council Western New York Chapter (MPAC-WNY) in partnership with the Islamic Society of the Niagara Frontier, North Presbyterian Church, Temple Beth Am and Westminster Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a one-mile, four-mile and a five-mile "solidarity walk" in conjunction with its fifth-annual Tent of Abraham event, this Thursday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m.

The Abraham’s Walk program was stimulated by the Abraham Path Initiative developed by the Global Negotiation Initiative at Harvard University. “Abraham Walks” are taking place in various U.S. and European cities. The Western New York five-mile walk will start at North Presbyterian Church located at 300 North Forest Road in Williamsville, include a stop at Temple Beth Am (where the four-mile walk begins) and Heim School (where the one-mile walk begins), and finishes at the Islamic Center (745 Heim Road, Amherst) where walkers will join the “Tent of Abraham” event with dinner.

Comedy Fest for WNY trees rolls into Williamsville

The 2nd Annual comedy festival to benefit Re-Tree WNY goes on stage tonight (August 21st) at 7pm at Robs Comedy Playhouse in Williamsville.

Called "Leaves & Laughs", it features three comics including Rob Lederman, who's a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, Late Night, and other network TV shows.

A basket raffle and 50-50 will take place to help replenish the charity's treasury to buy trees for the upcoming volunteer fall planting.

Rob's Comedy Playhouse is inside Dandelion's Restaurant at 1340 N. Forest Rd. near Maple.  Tickets are $25 and available at the door.  Includes admission and two free drinks.

Additional information on Re-Tree WNY is at www.re-treewny.org.

 

Celebrate Local Heroes - Building Homes For Heroes

My name is Stacey Benson and I am currently helping to bring awareness to the 
Western New York area about Building Homes for Heroes, which is a NY state 
based organization and 501(c)(3).

I am a military wife of 8 years and this organization really hits home with 
me.  As my husband served his time over seas during the war, I was constantly 
afraid of "getting the call" or the dreaded "knock at the door" giving me bad 
news of injuries or even worse death.  One organization is doing everything 
in their power to help those who have returned from war severely wounded and 
that organization is Building Homes for Heroes.

Building Homes for Heroes is currently raising money to build a war hero, 
Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, NY, a new home suitable for 
his massive injuries, with an estimated building cost of $500,000.

Large Crowd at Taste of Williamsville

More than a dozen restaurants offered up several items at the annual Taste of Williamsville in Island Park on Sunday.

Organizers moved the event to a weekend after hearing several requests from residents.

Food Tents were also removed from the shelter in order to give people more space to sit and eat.

Did you attend the Taste of Williamsville? If so, post a review in the comment section below and send pictures to newsdesk@wgrz.com.