Niagara Gazette — This year's Catholic Charities Appeal will seek to raise $10.7 million to support services for the needy in Buffalo and across Western New York.
In his first appeal as head of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, Bishop Richard Malone announced the goal of the annual fundraising campaign at the Monsignor Carr Clinic, a mental health outpatient treatment services center run by Catholic Charities on Rich Street in Buffalo.
The goal for the 89th annual Appeal represents a $100,000 increase from last year's fundraising goal of $10.6 million, which was achieved. This year's Appeal will operate under the theme "Protect. Strengthen. Empower." Malone said more than 600 Appeal volunteers will begin reaching out to individuals and businesses across Western New York to encourage them to support the effort which provides funds each year for roughly 70 human services programs offered by Catholic Charities in the region’s eight counties, including Niagara.
Funds raised through the 2013 Appeal will help fund Catholic Charities’ programs across 61 sites in WNY. Appeal Week 2013 will take place March 17 through 24.
Among the many services benefiting from the Appeal include behavioral health services, food pantries, basic relief services, counseling for individuals, children and families and the refugee assistance program.
Bishop Malone was joined in making Tuesday's Appeal announcement by Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, diocesan director of Catholic Charities.
“Catholic Charities protects seniors from isolation and need,” she said. “We strengthen couples who have benefited from our marriage counseling provided at two dedicated centers in ErieCounty. We empower individuals and families through our Immigration and Refugee Assistance program.”
“When you give to the 2013 Appeal, whether a small or large gift, it is a work of love and kindness that will long be remembered,” she said.
Sister Mary also introduced Stephen Ulrich, owner of Granite Spine, LLC, as chair of the 2013 Appeal.
“Despite donor loss driven by demographic trends, we still have 60,000 donors to this annual campaign. That’s a remarkable number,” said Ulrich. “This year, we’ll continue to reach out to the younger generation of potential donors and spread the message of Catholic Charities’ mission and its role as /the/ charity in WNY.”
Joining Ulrich on the Appeal Leadership Team are Michael and Maureen Pratt, vice chairs and large gift/leadership gifts chairs, Rick Cronin, Parish chair, Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Mattimore, community chair, and corporate chairs Anthony Delmonte, Jr., Kathy Lawley Best and William Lawley, Jr.
For more information on Appeal 2013 or to make a donation, contact Catholic Charities at (716) 218-1400 or go to www.ccwny.org .