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Benefit to Aid WNY Resident Awaiting Multiple Organ Transplants

Benefit to Aid WNY Resident Awaiting Multiple Organ Transplants

 

A benefit for West Seneca native and Elma resident Karl Hallmark will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the Iron Workers’ Hall, 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.

Hallmark was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 9 and has dealt with lifelong complication such as compromised vision, neuropathy and kidney dialysis. He is currently on the Cleveland Clinic’s organ transplant list awaiting a new pancreas and kidneys.

An automotive and motorcycle enthusiast, Hallmark worked for M&T Bank from 1994 to 2011 and KeyBank from 1988 to 1994. He is a 1980 graduate of Bishop Timon High School in South Buffalo.

Catholic Charities 2014 Appeal Reaches $9.8 Million Mark

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 12, 2014 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo today reported the 2014 Appeal has reached $9.8 million in cash and pledges, representing 91 percent of this year’s goal. As a result, volunteers and campaign leadership must raise an additional $1 million between now and June 30 in order to reach $10.8 million.

The Appeal is now at $9,806,141.

Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, Catholic Charities diocesan director, said the Appeal team remains cautiously optimistic the 90th annual Appeal will be able to close the gap and ensure a successful conclusion over the next several weeks. “On the plus side, we have raised nearly $1 million since the close of Appeal Week 2014 (April 6-13) which is incredibly encouraging,” said Sister Mary.

Dog Ears Executive Director Thanks Community for Successful Gala

Dog Ears Executive Director Thanks Community for Successful Gala

 

The annual gala for Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, held April 26 at the Buffalo Irish Center, was a huge success, generating much-needed funding that will help support upcoming literary programs at the nonprofit community bookstore.

“I would like to thank all the food vendors for making the event such a huge success,” said Executive Director Tom McDonnell. “It was our biggest and best event yet! The proceeds will help us continue our programs and get ready for our summer camps sponsored by South District Councilman Chris Scanlon.

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.

Tomasik Optical Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

Tomasik Optical Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

 

April 22 is Earth Day, a day of great importance to the local eye care experts at Tomasik Optical. In fact, they strive to make a difference in the Western New York community every day — 365 days a year!

For example, Tomasik Optical is proud to carry the only brand of frames certified to be made of at least 95 percent recycled materials. ECO — or Earth Conscious Optics — are the choice of actor Leonardo DeCaprio, who wears both prescription and sunglass styles from this environmentally conscious brand. Are you interested in helping the environment? Ask the experts at Tomasik Optical to show you this unique line of high-quality and earth-friendly frames!

Nature Knowledge Trivia Night!

Nature Knowledge Trivia Night!

Nature Knowledge Trivia Night

Friday, March 28

7-9 PM

Nature Knowledge Trivia Night

Friday, March 28

7-9 PM

Adults

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Buffalo, NY  14203

The Buffalo Zoo Wants You to Power Down for Polar Bears

The Buffalo Zoo is launching a new initiative called “Power Down for Polar Bears” to reduce the community’s carbon footprint.

The initiative was developed to encourage the Western New York community to participate in the global “Earth Hour” movement. Earth Hour will take place on March 29 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Zoo’s “Power Down for Polar Bears” event will run for a full week from March 23 – March 29 to encourage maximum participation.

Participation is easy! Schools and classrooms, local businesses, and individuals or families can get involved. During “Power Down for Polar Bears” week, participants should shut off any non-essential lights, appliances, or electronics for at least one hour. Consuming less energy is one easy way to reduce carbon emissions, and slow the melting of sea ice. Polar bears in the wild depend on sea ice to survive.