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Catholic Charities 2011 Appeal Exceeds Goal

Catholic Charities 2011 Appeal Exceeds Goal

BUFFALO, N.Y., July 20, 2011 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials reported today that the 2011 Appeal exceeded its $10.5 million goal by June 30 with cash and pledges received in the amount of $10,601,157.94.

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop of Buffalo, declared, “Our June 30 total has met and exceeded our $10.5 million goal! For this wonderful achievement and on behalf of the people in need across our Diocese served by Catholic Charities, we thank the people of Western New York for putting us over goal this year.”

This is the first year the annual Appeal has exceeded its goal since 2007 when that year’s $11 million goal was topped by $15,000.

Joining Bishop Kmiec for the announcement were Catholic Charities’ leaders and staff, the Appeal leadership team, clergy, Appeal volunteer parish chairs and corporate volunteers.

County Democratic Slate Files Over 14,000 Petition Signatures

County Democratic Slate Files Over 14,000 Petition Signatures

BUFFALO, NY -- Over 14,000 signatures were filed today at the Erie County Board of Elections by the democratic slate of candidates for county-wide office: County Executive Candidate Mark Poloncarz, County Clerk Candidate Maria Whyte and Family Court Judge Candidate Sharon LoVallo

"The huge number of signatures is a strong statement that democratic voters want change in Erie County. They are tired of being ruled over and not being given a say in their own futures. These petitions are an early indication that come this fall, democratic voters will be out in full force to elect Mark, Maria and Sharon," said Len Lenihan, chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee.

Only 2,000 signatures were required to qualify the candidates, but through a large volunteer effort, more than 14,000 signatures of democratic voters were collected.

Catholic Charities Youth Education Program Can Brighten Summer and the Future with a GED

BUFFALO, NY, July 18, 2011 – While it’s summertime, the living isn’t easy when struggling in a dead-end, low-paying job without a high school diploma. Whether it’s a teen who doesn’t have the option of returning to school or someone who left high school without a diploma years ago, becoming financially independent without a high school diploma is nearly impossible.

Tomorrow’s Youth Today of Catholic Charities can help Erie County residents obtain a high school diploma, known as a GED, and gain employable skills – all free of cost.

The Tomorrow’s Youth Today (TYT) program of Catholic Charities, along with support from Dollar General, helps individuals 16 years and older face these realities and give them a second chance at a brighter future.

Small group classes and one-on-one GED tutoring are offered free at many locations throughout Buffalo and Erie County. Job readiness skills also are addressed. 

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Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Prepares to 'Rock the Village' Tonight

Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Prepares to 'Rock the Village' Tonight

Several Lancaster bands will hit the stage this summer to support the idea that alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are not needed in order to have a great time.

As Skies Burn and Social Class will be the featured artists as the Lancaster-Depew Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition presents its second year of Rock the Village concerts. Social Class will perform during the first event tonight, which will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the end of West Main Street in the Save-A-Lot parking lot, Village of Lancaster.

Social Class will return to the stage with As Skies Burn for the second concert, which will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Firemen’s Park, Terrace Boulevard and Erie Street, Depew. The rain date will be Tuesday, Aug. 23.

The concerts are geared toward those entering grades six to 12, but all residents are welcome. Admission will be free, and refreshments will be available. Prizes also will be awarded during each concert.

People Inc. Gearing Up for Annual Golf Tournament

People Inc. Gearing Up for Annual Golf Tournament

From a statement by People Inc.:

EAST AURORA, NY- People Inc. is gearing up again for our annual Drive Fore Disabilities Golf Tournament to be held at East Aurora Country Club on August 22, 2011. This year marks our 10th anniversary for the event as well as our 40th anniversary for the agency so there are sure to be lots of festivities in recognition of these milestones. As in the past, the format will be four man best ball scramble with your choice of an early round teeing off at 7:30am or the afternoon round which will start at 12:30pm. Snacks and beverages will be offered throughout the course as well as our traditional shrimp cocktails!

Harry Potter Premiere Party at the Aurora Theatre

Harry Potter Premiere Party at the Aurora Theatre

EAST AURORA, NY- With the much anticipated final installment of the Harry Potter films to be released in just a few shorts days, The Aurora Theatre is making it a “magical” celebration.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 will premiere on Friday July 15th at 12:01 am but much will happen before that.