Niagara Gazette


April 14, 2013

GUEST VIEW: Tragic memories of little ones lost inspire hope


Niagara Gazette — The third annual Gala for Hope Niagara will feature wines and tasty treats from elite restaurants and wineries of the Buffalo-Niagara region including Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, Chateau Niagara, Opici Wine Co., Merritt Winery, Lindt Chocolates, Yancey’s Fancy, Water Street Landing, Torches and Wegmans. The event will also feature live music by award-winning local duo Busted Stuff, a basket auction and a silent auction.

The Gala for Hope Niagara will provide an excellent opportunity for patrons to tease their taste buds, explore new beverage and food options, mingle, dance and wind down after a day at work, all while benefitting the children of our community.

“Child physical and sexual abuse impact families all across the county in urban, suburban and rural communities,” said Ken Sass, president & CEO of Family & Children’s Service of Niagara. “Fundraisers like the Gala for Hope Niagara are very important to our combined efforts to prevent abuse and to help those affected by abuse to heal.”

Sponsorships are still available, and those who are unable to attend are can donate by visiting For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Laura Kelemen at 285-0045.

Family & Children’s Service of Niagara has served Niagara County one family at a time since 1895. Its mission is to strengthen and care for children, adults and families in need by providing quality human services that effect positive, meaningful changes in their lives. Learn more at

The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara, a service of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, is a countywide resource providing a place for multi-disciplinary teams to investigate allegations of child abuse in a child-friendly environment. The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara also coordinates Niagara County’s Child Fatality Review Team, a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to preventing the deaths of children and promoting safety for all children in Niagara County. To learn more, visit

Emily Foschio is the education and outreach coordinator, child fatality review team coordinator for the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara.

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