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Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Suneel’s Light, a Western New York non-profit foundation with the mission of raising funds for research that will lead to a cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and to increase public awareness of the genetic disease, has announced that local philanthropist and nationally renowned restaurateur, Russell Salvatore will serve as the 2016 Honorary Chairman of Suneel’s Celebrity Gala, the Foundation’s annual “Dancing with the Stars” inspired fundraiser. Peter M. Vito, retired commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services and chairman and CEO of Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc., and his wife Elizabeth R. Donatello, Esq. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney were also named Event Chairs. Funds raised by Suneel’s Celebrity Gala in Buffalo help this local non-profit foundation support critical research for treatments in search of a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a lethal genetic childhood disease. 

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Suneel’s Light, a Western New York non-profit foundation with the mission of raising funds for research that will lead to a cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and to increase public awareness of the genetic disease, has announced that local philanthropist and nationally renowned restaurateur, Russell Salvatore will serve as the 2016 Honorary Chairman of Suneel’s Celebrity Gala, the Foundation’s annual “Dancing with the Stars” inspired fundraiser. Peter M. Vito, retired commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services and chairman and CEO of Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc., and his wife Elizabeth R. Donatello, Esq. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney were also named Event Chairs. Funds raised by Suneel’s Celebrity Gala in Buffalo help this local non-profit foundation support critical research for treatments in search of a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a lethal genetic childhood disease. 

Annunciation Program to Focus on Works of Mercy

Annunciation Program to Focus on Works of Mercy

An evening focused on Spiritual and Corporal Works on Mercy will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Selbert Hall at The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma

Participants will gain a better understanding of the works of mercy through organizations that live them out. Representatives from Girard House, Response to Love Center, Mother Teresa House, Harvest House, Catholic Charities (Refugee Division) and Kairos will participate in the event. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please visit www.annunciation.cc or call 683-5254.

 

Rural Outreach Center to Present ‘Roctober’ Event at Elm Street Bakery

Rural Outreach Center to Present ‘Roctober’ Event at Elm Street Bakery

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting rural poverty, will host a fun-filled “Roctober” event from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Elm Street Bakery, 72 Elm St., East Aurora.

The event will feature Elm Street Bakery food, wine and beer, one-of-a-kind silent auction items and music by Doug Yeomans. Tickets to this special event are limited and are available for a $50 donation to the ROC. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Elm Street Bakery, and proceeds will be used to support programs and social work for the underserved and impoverished, helping all to become self-sufficient.

‘Marshall’ Scenes With Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown Filmed at Daemen’s Presidential Residence

‘Marshall’ Scenes With Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown Filmed at Daemen’s Presidential Residence

AMHERST, N.Y. – Filming in the Buffalo Niagara region for “Marshall,” a legal thriller starring Chadwick Boseman as a young Thurgood Marshall, a future Supreme Court justice, was recently on location at Daemen College’s presidential residence, where scenes were shot for the new movie.

“We are thrilled and honored to have Daemen House selected as a location for a major motion picture that will bring national attention to the Western New York region,” said President Gary A. Olson. “To be a part of a production of this magnitude was a unique opportunity to showcase the college.”

CrossFit Event to Benefit Hope House Shelter

CrossFit Event to Benefit Hope House Shelter

CrossFit Nickel City (CFNC), 247 Virginia St., Buffalo, is hosting an in-house individual CrossFit competition at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Hope House Shelter for Women & Children.

The Matt Urban Hope Center is a community-focused agency based on the East Side of Buffalo. Its mission is to revitalize neighborhoods, serve families and change lives by offering a full array of services and support to the community. This is accomplished through job training, housing assistance, financial planning and more. Each week over 300 people are assisted through the Center and over 250 families are served through the Hope House emergency shelter. Last year the organization helped 110 street homeless individuals secure housing and provided 88 permanent supportive housing units to the chronically homeless.

Catholic Charities 2016 Appeal Goal is Within Reach at $10.5 Million

Catholic Charities 2016 Appeal Goal is Within Reach at $10.5 Million

With about four weeks remaining before the close of the 2016 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, the annual campaign has raised $10,550,794.76 in cash and pledges, representing almost 96 percent of its $11 million goal. Appeal leaders are asking the community for their help in raising the remaining $449,205.24 still needed to reach the final goal by June 30.
       
The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Appeal leadership team for all of the support the Western New York community has shown so far. He also stressed the urgency of contributing now to those who have not yet donated, or are in a position to consider an additional gift, to help ensure a successful conclusion.