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Appeal Week 2014 Culminates with $8.88 Million Raised for 90th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

Appeal Week 2014 Culminates with $8.88 Million Raised for  90th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 15, 2014 – 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 today, revealing $8,886,816.65 has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2014.

Today’s total represents 82.3 percent of the final goal, which is trending slightly ahead of last year at this time when 80.2 percent of goal was reached. Funds raised for Appeal 2014 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight-county region. The annual campaign runs through June 30 and carries a goal of $10.8 million.

During Appeal Week, which ran from April 6-13, parish volunteers and pastors across Western New York led a concerted effort to gather donations, and participated in fundraising activities in order to bring the Appeal closer to its final goal.

Ecclesiastical Textiles & Linens & Lace: a Celebration of Needlecraft Buffalo Religious Arts Center

Ecclesiastical Textiles & Linens & Lace: a Celebration of Needlecraft  Buffalo Religious Arts Center

This two component exhibit  takes place at the Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East Street, Buffalo, NY in Historic Black Rock.

ECCLESIASTIC TEXTILES includes a large collection of handmade vestments, linens and canopies that will be on exhibit  from May 3 - 11 from 11-3 PM.

LINENS & LACE: A CELEBRATION OF NEEDLEWORK includes vintage handmade linens such as cross stitch, tatting, cutwork, and embroidery from the collections of residents in the area on exhibit May 3 & 4 from 11-3 PM.

Accompanying the exhibit will be a presentation of the History of Irish Lace by Veronica Hogle on Sunday, May 4 at 2 PM.  Her collection includes a Limerick lace christening dress similar to the one given to John F. Kennedy for John Jr. on a visit to Ireland.

 

Admission $12 for both exhibits and presentation

NOCO raises more than $8,400 for Roswell Park in Blue4Ben campaign

NOCO raises more than $8,400 for Roswell Park in Blue4Ben campaign
NOCO customers and employees showed their support for Ben Sauer and his family raising a total of $8,441 during a recent Blue4Ben campaign.  From March 19 – April 2, customers at local NOCO Express Stores were encouraged to donate $1 to the cause, raising a total of $7,534.  Employees at NOCO’s corporate office also donated $907 by participating in two dress down/wear Blue4Ben days and purchasing Blue4Ben bracelets. NOCO’s donation will benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Pediatric Cancer Care Center.

 

“Ben’s story has affected many of us throughout the local community and raised additional awareness for pediatric cancer,” said Michael F. Newman, executive vice president, NOCO. “Our customers and employees gave generously in honor of Ben and this donation will support Roswell Park in their ongoing efforts to care for children fighting cancer.”

 

Bridal Shower Fundraiser Offers Attendees Chance to Take Home the Gifts

Bridal Shower Fundraiser Offers Attendees Chance to Take Home the Gifts

When the question arose as to whether she wanted to benefit others through a joyous occasion in her life, bride-to-be Lisa Johnson’s response was brief and immediate.

“I do.”

The cancer survivor and Town of Tonawanda resident is celebrating her 10-year anniversary of being cancer-free and her upcoming nuptials by replacing her traditional bridal shower with a fundraiser for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She also hopes the event will raise awareness about lymphedema, a chronic swelling that sometimes develops after cancer treatments.

Johnson, along with family and friends, will hold the fourth Stick it to Cancer Blood Drive and Basket Raffle from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Town of Tonawanda Boys & Girls Club, 54 Riverdale Ave.

City of Toronto Kicks off Annual Clean Toronto Together Campaign

City of Toronto Kicks off Annual Clean Toronto Together Campaign



City of Toronto: With spring here, the City of Toronto has introduced its Clean Toronto Together campaign for 2014. The annual spring cleanup brings together thousands of Toronto residents, students, businesses, organizations and community groups to keep the city clean and green.

"The Clean Toronto Together program is an important initiative for the city because everyone works together," said Mayor Rob Ford. "Whether it's students, office workers, community groups or City staff – it's great to see everyone pitch in and work together to keep our city clean."

NOCO employees collect more than 5,000 items for Food Bank of WNY

NOCO employees collect more than 5,000 items for Food Bank of WNY

NOCO employees joined together in the fight against hunger in the local community by collecting more than 5,000 non-perishable food and toiletry items for the Food Bank of Western New York. In addition, the company matched the employee food drive with a donation of more than $2,000 worth of items. For one week, March 21 – March 28, NOCO collected non-perishable donations from its seven office/warehouse locations throughout Western New York.

“NOCO has a long tradition of giving back to the local communities we serve and I want to thank all of our employees who participated in a spirited food drive to donate to those most in need,” said James D. Newman, NOCO president.  “Too many in our community go hungry and this donation will assist the Food Bank in helping provide meals throughout the spring and into the summer.”

Groups Receive Grants to Help Families

Groups Receive Grants to Help Families

In addition to her strong faith, Audrey E. Bennett’s top priority in life was her family. It was only fitting then that a memorial fund was established and will support efforts designed to sustain and assure strong families.

On Monday, three grants were awarded from the Audrey E. Bennett Family Support Center Fund, with awards going to the Sweet Home Family Support Center, the Lancaster Family Support Center and the Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo and Erie County.

Robert Bennett and his children, Maurine Bennett Fatkowski and Andrew Bennett, expressed their deep appreciation for the many donors to the fund, which they hope will continue to grow.

Catholic Charities and the United Way also have been partners in the fund and were represented at Monday’s presentation.