Niagara Gazette — Catholic Charities of Buffalo announced Friday that exceeded the $10.7 million goal it set for its 2013 Appeal.
Officials from the organization said they raised cash and pledges to date totaling $10.81 million, including $961,088 from supporters in Niagara County.
This year's Appeal is the first overseen by Bishop Richard J. Malone since his installation as bishop in August. During an address to donors and supporters at Catholic Charities' headquarters in Buffalo, Malone said it gave him "great joy" to announce that the goal had been surpassed thanks to the "incredible generosity of the Western New York community.
"After months of planning, we launched this year’s campaign on a cold but sunny morning in early January, with hopes of raising $10.7 million," Malone said. "Much like a long-distance runner facing the last several miles of a marathon, our Appeal leadership team, our many volunteers throughout the Diocese of Buffalo, and of course our dedicated staff, simply refused to give up until the race was complete, raising more than $2.2 million since March 25."
Malone recognized the hard work of everyone involved in the Appeal.
"On behalf of all those served by Catholic Charities and all those who have in any way contributed to this year’s Appeal, I thank you for your support,” Bishop Malone said. “Your continued efforts will allow us to protect, strengthen and empower those in need throughout our eight-county diocese.”
Lockport resident Stephen Ulrich, the 2013 Appeal chairman, also expressed gratitude and appreciation for this year’s achievement, saying the process of attracting new donors, both Catholic and non-Catholic, has been an ongoing challenge.
“While challenges remain, we have a lot to celebrate today," Ulrich said. "Curbing the impact of donor loss, our average gift each year continues to grow, and at $185.64 this year, it’s the highest in the history of the Appeal.”