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Catholic Charities Celebrates Senior Corps Week

Catholic Charities Celebrates Senior Corps Week

In celebration of Senior Corps Week, May 19-23, Catholic Charities thanks and recognizes its 87 volunteers in its Foster Grandparent Program. Senior Corps Week, developed by the Corporation for National and Community Service, spotlights the impact of Senior Corps volunteers on their communities.

Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent Program is a program of Service Corps, which is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

In 2013, Catholic Charities’ Foster Grandparents dedicated nearly 96,850 hours in 31 educational settings in Erie County, including 15 Buffalo Public Schools and multiple Head Start sites.

Carol Smith, a Foster Grandparent serving at Buffalo Public School #30, Frank Sedita Elementary School, said that the program has taught her to “continue to do good for others and to keep hope alive.”

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.

Rapha Family Wellness Center Plans Grand Opening Event

The Rapha Family Wellness Center will hold its grand opening from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

Dr. Frances Ilozue and staff of the facility at 3610 Main St., across from the University at Buffalo South Campus, welcome guests to the event, which will feature speakers, entertainment, dancing, prizes and refreshments.

Featured guest Dr. J. Gabriella Juris, a renowned expert on obesity and lifestyle intervention from Beverly Hills, Calif., also will discuss her program “Transform Fat2Fit.”

To register, call Pamela James at 829-7298.

For more information, email info@raphafamilywellnesscenter.

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.

Buffalo Mass Mob to Hold Rosary Mob May 10th at Saint Ann’s

Buffalo Mass Mob to Hold Rosary Mob May 10th at Saint Ann’s

Buffalo Mass Mob is partnering with the Friends of Saint Ann’s to host a Rosary Mob outside of Saint Ann’s Church and Shrine at the corner of Broadway and Emslie in Buffalo on Saturday, May 10, 2014 starting at 10:00am.

Started in 2013, Buffalo Mass Mob has held three “Flash Mob” style events at inner city Catholic churches organized through social media and the internet. Mass Mob participants are asked to simply come worship at Sunday Mass to a designated church. The last Mass Mob held on March 23, 2014 at Saint John Kanty filled the church to near capacity. The organizers’ goal is to bring attention to some of Buffalo’s beautiful and historic churches needing support and remind people how valuable they are to the urban fabric of the city.

You Can Save 3 Lives Today

You Can Save 3 Lives Today
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