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Farmland Protection Roundtable Draws Large Crowd to East Aurora

Farmland Protection Roundtable Draws Large Crowd to East Aurora

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, and the Erie County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board cosponsored a Farmland Protection Roundtable on April 8 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in East Aurora. Nearly 100 people from five counties in Western New York came to investigate the different tools that can be used to protect farmland. 

Aubrey McLaughlin Ready to Run for a Cause

Aubrey McLaughlin Ready to Run for a Cause

 

Just about every week you can find a 5K race somewhere in Western New York to raise funds for local organizations. Real running enthusiasts might even try something more challenging, like a 26-mile marathon, to raise funds and attention for a worthy cause. 

But on May 9, East Aurora native Aubrey McLaughlin will run the Gnaw Bone 50-mile race in Gnaw Bone, Indiana, all to raise funds and awareness for the Rural Outreach Center (ROC), a nonprofit organization based in South Wales.

Appeal Week 2015 Culminates with $8.54 Million Raised for 91st Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

Appeal Week 2015 Culminates with $8.54 Million Raised for  91st Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

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 Tuesday, March 31, revealing $8,546,086.80  has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2015.
    
Today’s total represents 78.4 percent of the final goal, which is trending slightly behind last year at this time when 82.3 percent of goal was reached. Funds raised for Appeal 2015 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61sites throughout the eight-county region, and the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith, which supports related ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo. The annual campaign runs through June 30 and carries a goal of $10.9 million.
    

Challenge Gift to Help Create the Stella Niagara Preserve Will Match New Donations Dollar for Dollar

Challenge Gift to Help Create the Stella Niagara Preserve Will Match New Donations Dollar for Dollar

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Friends of the Stella Niagara Preserve announced that they received a $200,000 challenge gift from a local couple, Pamela and Joe Priest, to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve, a new nature preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston. When this $200,000 challenge gift is matched by the Buffalo-Niagara community, the project’s fundraising goal will have been met. The Land Conservancy is now asking residents, businesses and foundations to donate and match this challenge gift by June 1, 2015, in order to complete the project on time and open the preserve to the public later this year. 

Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2015 Opens with $7.43 Million Raised Toward $10.9 Million Goal

Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2015 Opens with $7.43 Million Raised  Toward $10.9 Million Goal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, announced Tuesday, March 24, Catholic Charities’ 91st annual Appeal has raised $7,432,587.16 to date, representing 68 percent of the $10.9 million goal. The total includes monies collected and reported by parish volunteers during the opening weekend (March 21-22) of Appeal Week 2015, the period which marks the strongest push for parish donations.

The total reported is more than $500,000 short of where Catholic Charities’ officials and the Appeal leadership team hoped to be after the first Sunday.

Funds raised for Appeal 2015 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight counties of Western New York, and the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith, which supports related ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo.
    

Dog Ears gala to feature local music and cuisine

Dog Ears gala to feature local music and cuisine

 

The seventh annual Dog Ears Bookstore Gala will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo. The theme for the event is “Buffalo Beats & Eats,” a celebration of local music and cuisine.

Providing musical entertainment will be the StoneBridge Band, Grace Stumberg Band, the Charlie O’Neill Unplugged Club and a few surprise bands. Additionally, more than 20 local restaurants will participate in a “Taste of the City” event during the gala. Beer and wine will be included in the ticket price, including a special beer-tasting event by Certo Brothers Distributing.

Catholic Charities Volunteers from Erie County Gather for First 2015 Appeal Workshop

About 50 parish and community volunteers, local clergy and lay leaders, and staff of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, gathered Wednesday, Jan. 15 for a  volunteer training workshop to help kick off the 2015 Appeal for Catholic Charities in Erie County.

The event was held at Christ the King Seminary on Knox Road in East Aurora in preparation for the 91st annual campaign, which carries a goal of $10.9 million and officially began Jan. 7. The patron saint for the 2015 Appeal is Saint Francis of Assisi.

Working under the theme “Find Good Within,” Appeal volunteers from Erie County will begin reaching out to individuals and businesses in the community to encourage their support of the 2015 Appeal, which helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 myriad programs across 61 sites in Western New York, along with a number of ministries through the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith.