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Michael and Maureen Pratt Named Chairs of Catholic Charities’ 2014 Appeal
Michael and Maureen Pratt Named Chairs of  Catholic Charities’ 2014 Appeal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, and Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, diocesan director of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, have announced Michael and Maureen Pratt will serve as chairs, and Jake and Katie Schneider will serve as vice chairs, for the 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal.

The 90th annual campaign extends through June 30, the end of the fiscal year, and seeks to raise $10.8 million to help fund Catholic Charities’ 70 programs across 61 sites in the eight counties of Western New York. The many services benefiting from the Appeal include education and employment assistance, behavioral health services, food pantries, basic relief services, and immigration and refugee assistance.

This year’s Appeal Week will be held April 6 through April 13. The theme of Appeal 2014 is “Heart at work.”

“We are again blessed to have such talented, dedicated individuals volunteer their time to serve on our leadership team to help us reach our goal and fund the services and programs that are so vitally important to the entire Western New York community,” said Sister Mary. “We’ve been able to meet our goal in recent years, despite continued economic challenges faced by our region. This generosity among the people in Western New York allows us to continue to serve nearly 138,000 people each year.”

Michael Pratt, CFA, is co-owner and president of Pratt Collard Advisory Partners, LLC, a financial advisory firm he founded in 2011 after more than 30 years as a partner with the Buffalo firm, Harold C. Brown & Co., Inc.

He formerly served as a member of the advisory board of Holy Family Communications and as chairman of the board of trustees at Holy Angels Academy. Michael presently serves on the Sisters of Charity Hospital Foundation and the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo boards of trustees. He is also acting chair of the St. Joseph Fund Audit Committee for the Buffalo diocese.

A graduate of Canisius High School, Michael earned a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College and is an accredited chartered financial analyst.

Maureen Pratt graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and is also a graduate of Canisius College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She worked as a certified childbirth instructor for many years, before devoting her time to raising her family and many volunteer activities.

The Pratts are active members of Christ the King Parish in Snyder, where Michael currently serves as a Eucharistic minister. Maureen presently teaches Confirmation classes, has served on the Parish Council and has also served as the chair and co-chair of the Respect Life Committee for many years. She also serves as co-chair of the Christ the King School’s Spiritual Committee. They both serve on the Christ the King Parents Guild.

Michael and Maureen served as the chair couple of the 2009 Making a Difference Dinner, for which they continue to serve as committee members. They are both members of the Bishop's Council of the Laity. The parents of six and grandparents of 12, they reside in Williamsville with their two youngest children, Simon, 15, and William, 11.

Katie and Jake Schneider, this year’s vice Appeal chairs, are parishioners at Blessed John Paul II Parish in Lakeview.

Jake Schneider, an architect and developer, owns Schneider Design Architects PC and Schneider Development LLC. He graduated from St. Francis High School and the University of Notre Dame. Jake presently serves on the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo board and has served as chair of the St. Francis High School board of directors.  

Katie Schneider, a photographer, owns Katie Schneider Photography in Buffalo. She is a graduate of Nottingham Academy and Wells College. Katie served on Parish Council at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish prior to the establishment of Blessed John Paul the II Parish in Lakeview.  

Jake and Katie both serve on the Bishops Council of the Laity as program committee chairs. They reside in Lakeview and have four children and two grandchildren.

For 90 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in Western New York. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assesses clients for other needs to ensure long-term success. It is the most comprehensive human service provider serving Western New York. For the fifth consecutive year, Catholic Charities has attained the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management. Catholic Charities also receives highest ratings for quality of service by the Council of Accreditation.

For more information on Appeal 2014 or to make a donation, contact Catholic Charities at (716) 218-1400 or go to www.ccwny.org. Check out Catholic Charities on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ccbuffalo.

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