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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.

Local Artist Matt Schreiner Painting His Way Into the Hearts of Many

Local Artist Matt Schreiner Painting His Way Into the Hearts of Many

 

It’s quite an accomplishment when you can take a hobby and turn it into a career. It becomes a remarkable achievement when you can expand upon that career so that it will benefit countless others in your community and across the country.

But that’s exactly what 26-year-old Orchard Park resident Matt Schreiner has been able to accomplish, with amazing results. After graduating from Niagara Falls High School and Buffalo State College, where he majored in education, Schreiner decided to follow a different career path. This path focused on his artistic abilities and his love of sports and especially his hometown teams, the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills.

Daemen Professor Named Health Leadership Fellow

Daemen Professor Named Health Leadership Fellow

Dr. Isiah Marshall, associate professor and master of social work program director at Daemen College, has been selected as a Health Leadership Fellow by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York.

The 18-month program is designed to expand the network of highly collaborative and skilled leaders who will serve as advocates to improve the health and well-being of the frail elderly and children from communities of poverty throughout the region.

As a Health Leadership Fellow, Marshall will participate in sessions on personal leadership, leading change, communicating as a leader, results-based leadership, and collaboration. He will also attend two- to three-day retreats led by experts in the field, take part in an inter-organizational team project, and receive executive coaching.

Grisanti To Sponsor Domestic Violence Roundtable

Grisanti To Sponsor Domestic Violence Roundtable

 

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) will sponsor a New York State Senate Roundtable,”Domestic Violence: Prevention Starts With You” on Friday, April 4th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., at the Walter J. Mahoney Building, 65 Court Street in Buffalo, Senate Hearing Room 6.

Unfortunately, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Surprisingly, only one in seven instances is reported.

Panelists include:

Autographs with Andre Reed at Seneca Niagara Casino on March 22

Autographs with Andre Reed at Seneca Niagara Casino on March 22

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel has quite the catch of an event for football fans on Saturday, Mar. 22, as it hosts #83 Andre Reed for a free autograph session. The Hall of Fame inductee and former Buffalo Bills wide receiver will be available to the public at the Seneca Niagara Events Center from noon to 3 p.m. with fellow Bills alumni.

Fans are invited to visit Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and bring up to two items for signatures. Reed, who will be inducted to the Hall of Fame this August, will be at Seneca Niagara Events Center with fellow Bills greats Joe DeLamielleure and Mark Kelso. The first 100 fans in line will receive a Buffalo Bills tumbler, and drawings will take place throughout the afternoon for memorabilia and other prizes. Autographs will take place on a first-come, first-served basis, and those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.”

What Is Your Purpose?

What Is Your Purpose?

 

What is divine intervention? Why are we here? What is your purpose? Does God exist?

These are questions many of us ask ourselves and others every day. Such dilemmas exist because we have diverse lives that lead us to further investigation. Such questions may bring one to personal growth, overcoming obstacles, settling on or away from a belief system, deciding what path is correct to follow and most importantly, the value of self.

Scholars, seers, religious leaders, scientists, peace makers, activists and those that have come before us, our forefathers, have asked themselves the same questions. Did they arrive at a conclusion? We shall never truly know the answer, all we are able to do is keep searching, keep meeting new people, strive to improve and do our very best to simply be good people.