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Catholic Charities Exceeds 2013 Appeal Goal
Catholic Charities Exceeds 2013 Appeal Goal

BUFFALO, N.Y., June 28, 2013 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials announced today the 2013 Appeal exceeded its $10.7 million goal, with cash and pledges received to date totaling $10,819,043.65.

Completing his first Appeal since being installed as Bishop of Buffalo last August, Bishop Richard J. Malone addressed donors and supporters of Catholic Charities at the organization’s headquarters regarding the final report of the 2013 campaign. “As a result of the incredible generosity of the Western New York community, I have the great joy of announcing we have met, and surpassed, our goal again this year,” Bishop Malone said.  

Joined by Catholic Charities’ leaders, staff, and the Appeal leadership team and volunteers, Bishop Malone thanked donors and supporters for their dedication and commitment toward achieving this year’s Appeal goal.

“After months of planning, we launched this year’s campaign on a cold but sunny morning in early January, with hopes of raising $10.7 million,” he said. “Much like a long-distance runner facing the last several miles of a marathon, our Appeal leadership team, our many volunteers throughout the Diocese of Buffalo, and of course our dedicated staff, simply refused to give up until the race was complete, raising more than $2.2 million since March 25.”  

Bishop Malone recognized the hard work of everyone involved in the Appeal.

“On behalf of all those served by Catholic Charities and all those who have in any way contributed to this year’s Appeal, I thank you for your support,” said Bishop Malone. “Your continued efforts will allow us to protect, strengthen and empower those in need throughout our eight-county diocese.”

Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, Catholic Charities’ diocesan director, also highlighted the work and dedication of all the individuals involved in this year’s Appeal, specifically the community’s youngest and most faithful supporters.

“The compassion and help demonstrated by students this year show us that the future of the Appeal is in good hands!” she said.

Recognizing St. Mark School, Sister Mary said, “The 412 students at St. Mark School, under the leadership of Principal Lee Brenner and Assistant Principal Margaret Smith and faculty, raised an impressive $12,545!”
As a token of appreciation for their outstanding contribution, St. Mark students were presented with a plaque of recognition by Bishop Malone.

The leadership, faculty and students of St. Francis High School in Athol Springs were honored for raising the most money for Catholic Charities among local Catholic high schools. Father Michael Sajda, president of St. Francis, and student Matt Unger, were honored with a plaque recognizing their achievement as top contributor at $4,500. “The efforts of the young men at St. Francis during Lent are especially significant because they gave dollars of their own, from their hearts, which is what we are all called to do,” said Sister Mary.

2013 Appeal Chair Stephen Ulrich also expressed gratitude and appreciation for this year’s achievement, acknowledging the process of attracting new donors, both Catholic and non-Catholic, has been an ongoing challenge. “While challenges remain, we have a lot to celebrate today. Curbing the impact of donor loss, our average gift each year continues to grow, and at $185.64 this year, it’s the highest in the history of the Appeal,” said Ulrich.  

Ulrich congratulated the efforts of the Appeal’s corporate, community and leadership divisions, and thanked the hundreds of parish volunteers who played a critical role in raising contributions by significant amounts. Catholic Charities’ corporate division, under the leadership of Bill Lawley, Kathy Lawley Best and Anthony Delmonte, Jr., raised more than $1 million, only the second time that amount has been reached and not since 2007, and a 20 percent increase over 2012. The community division also surpassed last year’s fundraising total by 64 percent, while leadership gifts increased by 17.5 percent over last year.

Immaculate Conception in Wellsville and St. Joseph-University in Buffalo were both recognized for significantly surpassing their 2012 Appeal totals. Ulrich noted Immaculate Conception in Wellsville has more than doubled their total contribution in just two years, while St. Joseph-University raised the most dollars over their 2012 Appeal total, raising more than $209,000. For this achievement, Ulrich recognized Rev. Jack Ledwon, pastor of St. Joseph-University, who  accepted a plaque from Bishop Malone on behalf of Dick Baumann, the parish’s longtime Appeal Chair, and his dedicated parish team.

Ulrich also applauded the Faith Formation program at St. Gregory the Great in Williamsville, which was the top contributor among all Faith Formation programs. The program held a bowl-a-thon, spaghetti dinner and hot chocolate sale to raise money. A plaque was accepted by Father Joseph Gatto, pastor of St. Gregory the Great parish, and Kathy Tufillaro of the Faith Formation program.

Reflecting on his time as Appeal chair, Ulrich said, “I would like to thank my Appeal leadership team from the bottom of my heart for all of their hard work and commitment throughout the last year. Your efforts put us over the top and I’m grateful to have had just an extremely dedicated group of people by my side.”

Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, we deliver support to meet immediate needs and then assess for other needs to ensure long-term success. We are the most comprehensive human service provider serving more than 130,000 people in all eight counties of WNY with 70 programs and 61 locations. We receive highest ratings for quality of service from the Council on Accreditation and for financial health/accountability from Charity Navigator. For 89 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in WNY.

The patron of Appeal 2013 is Blessed Frederic Ozanam, a layman who co-founded the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

For more information on Appeal 2013 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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