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You Can Save 3 Lives Today

You Can Save 3 Lives Today
Hi Do-gooders, I am proud to announce that I am now am employee of The American Red Cross.  I made a life changing decision that I wanted to not only have a hobby of finding ways to changing the world, but I wanted to make a career change that also reflected that.   

 

You can save up to 3 lives today.  It is as easy as donating blood.  There is a desperate need right now because of all the severe weather we have been having.  Many blood drives have had to be cancelled or have had low attendance because of the weather.  However, the need for blood never goes away.  You can go to the Redcross website put in your zip code and find a drive near you.  You can find more ways to change the world at http://dogoodeveryday365.com/

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.

Ecclesiastical Textiles & Linens & Lace: a Celebration of Needlecraft Buffalo Religious Arts Center

Ecclesiastical Textiles & Linens & Lace: a Celebration of Needlecraft  Buffalo Religious Arts Center

This two component exhibit  takes place at the Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East Street, Buffalo, NY in Historic Black Rock.

ECCLESIASTIC TEXTILES includes a large collection of handmade vestments, linens and canopies that will be on exhibit  from May 3 - 11 from 11-3 PM.

LINENS & LACE: A CELEBRATION OF NEEDLEWORK includes vintage handmade linens such as cross stitch, tatting, cutwork, and embroidery from the collections of residents in the area on exhibit May 3 & 4 from 11-3 PM.

Accompanying the exhibit will be a presentation of the History of Irish Lace by Veronica Hogle on Sunday, May 4 at 2 PM.  Her collection includes a Limerick lace christening dress similar to the one given to John F. Kennedy for John Jr. on a visit to Ireland.

 

Admission $12 for both exhibits and presentation

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!

Bridal Shower Fundraiser Offers Attendees Chance to Take Home the Gifts

Bridal Shower Fundraiser Offers Attendees Chance to Take Home the Gifts

When the question arose as to whether she wanted to benefit others through a joyous occasion in her life, bride-to-be Lisa Johnson’s response was brief and immediate.

“I do.”

The cancer survivor and Town of Tonawanda resident is celebrating her 10-year anniversary of being cancer-free and her upcoming nuptials by replacing her traditional bridal shower with a fundraiser for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She also hopes the event will raise awareness about lymphedema, a chronic swelling that sometimes develops after cancer treatments.

Johnson, along with family and friends, will hold the fourth Stick it to Cancer Blood Drive and Basket Raffle from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Town of Tonawanda Boys & Girls Club, 54 Riverdale Ave.

NOCO employees collect more than 5,000 items for Food Bank of WNY

NOCO employees collect more than 5,000 items for Food Bank of WNY

NOCO employees joined together in the fight against hunger in the local community by collecting more than 5,000 non-perishable food and toiletry items for the Food Bank of Western New York. In addition, the company matched the employee food drive with a donation of more than $2,000 worth of items. For one week, March 21 – March 28, NOCO collected non-perishable donations from its seven office/warehouse locations throughout Western New York.

“NOCO has a long tradition of giving back to the local communities we serve and I want to thank all of our employees who participated in a spirited food drive to donate to those most in need,” said James D. Newman, NOCO president.  “Too many in our community go hungry and this donation will assist the Food Bank in helping provide meals throughout the spring and into the summer.”

Groups Receive Grants to Help Families

Groups Receive Grants to Help Families

In addition to her strong faith, Audrey E. Bennett’s top priority in life was her family. It was only fitting then that a memorial fund was established and will support efforts designed to sustain and assure strong families.

On Monday, three grants were awarded from the Audrey E. Bennett Family Support Center Fund, with awards going to the Sweet Home Family Support Center, the Lancaster Family Support Center and the Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo and Erie County.

Robert Bennett and his children, Maurine Bennett Fatkowski and Andrew Bennett, expressed their deep appreciation for the many donors to the fund, which they hope will continue to grow.

Catholic Charities and the United Way also have been partners in the fund and were represented at Monday’s presentation.