Niagara Gazette —
Ulrich congratulated the efforts of the Appeal’s corporate, community and leadership divisions, and thanked the hundreds of parish volunteers who played a critical role in raising contributions by significant amounts.
Catholic Charities’ corporate division, under the leadership of Bill Lawley, Kathy Lawley Best and Anthony Delmonte, Jr., raised more than $1 million, only the second time that amount has been reached and not since 2007, and a 20-percent increase over 2012. The community division also surpassed last year’s fundraising total by 64 percent, while leadership gifts increased by 17.5 percent over last year.
Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, Catholic Charities’ diocesan director, also highlighted the work and dedication of all the individuals involved in this year’s Appeal, specifically the community’s youngest and most faithful supporters.
“The compassion and help demonstrated by students this year show us that the future of the Appeal is in good hands,” she said.
The leadership, faculty and students of St.Francis High School in Athol Springs were honored for raising the most money for Catholic Charities among local Catholic high schools. Father Michael Sajda, president of St. Francis, and student Matt Unger, were honored with a plaque recognizing their achievement as top contributor at $4,500.
“The efforts of the young men at St. Francis during Lent are especially significant because they gave dollars of their own, from their hearts, which is what we are all called to do,” McCarrick said.
Reflecting on his time as Appeal chair, Ulrich said: "I would like to thank my Appeal leadership team from the bottom of my heart for all of their hard work and commitment throughout the last year. Your efforts put us over the top and I’m grateful to have had just an extremely dedicated group of people by my side."
Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, the organization delivers support to meet immediate needs and then assess for other needs to ensure long-term success. The group provides human services to more than 130,000 people in all eight counties of Western New York with 70 programs and 61 locations.
For more information on Appeal 2013 or to make a donation, contact Catholic Charities at (716) 218-1400 or go to www.ccwny.org.