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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.
    

Dog Ears gala to feature local music and cuisine

Dog Ears gala to feature local music and cuisine

 

The seventh annual Dog Ears Bookstore Gala will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo. The theme for the event is “Buffalo Beats & Eats,” a celebration of local music and cuisine.

Providing musical entertainment will be the StoneBridge Band, Grace Stumberg Band, the Charlie O’Neill Unplugged Club and a few surprise bands. Additionally, more than 20 local restaurants will participate in a “Taste of the City” event during the gala. Beer and wine will be included in the ticket price, including a special beer-tasting event by Certo Brothers Distributing.

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.

Buffalo Artvoice Award Winning Poet To Volunteer in Nepal

Buffalo Artvoice Award Winning Poet To Volunteer in Nepal

 

Joel Lesses [2014 Buffalo’s Artvoice, Best Poet] has an opportunity to volunteer in Nepal on a program dedicated to human rights, education, healthcare and agriculture in impoverished rural and urban settings. He most deeply desires to serve these communities and learn from beautiful Nepali people in a once in a life time exchange of mutual benefit and cross cultural understanding.

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Joel will be volunteering with and for http://www.tevelbtzedek.org an organization that focuses on impoverished communities in Nepal, Haiti and Burundi, to enhance and advance the livelihood, capacity, and well-being of their members.

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.

American Diabetes Association Announces New Location for Tour de Cure®

American Diabetes Association Announces New Location for  Tour de Cure®

Popular cycling event shifts to Niagara Falls, NY’s Old Falls Street in 2015

 

The American Diabetes Association has announced a brand new location—downtown Niagara Falls, NY—for the site of its 2015 Tour de Cure® cycling event in support of the Stop Diabetes® movement. To celebrate this venue change announcement, ADA representatives and rider team captains were joined by corporate sponsors from Independent Health, Seneca Gaming Corporation, and General Motors for an off-season “training” session on the Ice Bikes of Buffalo at Canalside.