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Nationwide Prescription Medication Drop-off Day

BUFFALO, NY-- The Drug Enforcement Administration Buffalo Office is holding a government-sponsored prescription drop-off day on September 25th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

It's easy-- simply drive up, and drop off your old or unused medications. No questions asked, and it's free to the public.

Participating in a pharmaceutical disposal is the only safe way to destroy or dispose of unwanted medications without polluting the environment.

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Sudan Lost Boys Aid Africa

BUFFALO - Helping children half a world away is the focus of an organization that is celebrating the generosity of Western New Yorkers.

A group called "Aid and Care for Africa" was founded by Dominic Diing, one of the so-called "Lost Boys of Sudan"-children who ran from their villages in Southern Sudan to escape military jihadists who were kidnapping young boys and training them for military duty.

Diing emigrated to the United States in 2001 and graduated from Niagara University.

For the past four years, he has raised money to build a school for orphans in his war-torn Sudanese village.

Super Adoption Event to be Held at the Maddie's Pet Rescue Project Pet Expo

A Super Adoption Event will be taking place during the Maddie's Pet Rescue Project Pet Expo on Saturday, September 25th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at the Fairgrounds Event Center in Hamburg.  Twenty area rescue groups will be present with cats and dogs available for adoption.  Anyone who has been thinking of adopting a new member of the family is certain to find the perfect match from among over 100 animals of all ages and breeds.

In addition to the Super Adoption Event, the Pet Expo will provide pet owners with the opportunity to shop for toys, treats and professional dog trainers.  The whole family will be entertained by flyball and agility demontrations as well as the ASPCA Crime Scene Investigations van.  A special Preview Night will be held from 6pm to 9pm on Friday, September 24th with a dog fashion show and door prize of two complimentary tickets on JetBlue Airways.

Applebee's Restaurant Teams Up with Law Enforcement

BUFFALO, NY-- On Thursday, September 16, law enforcement officers and local officials will be serving the public in a new way, as servers as local Applebee's restaurants. They will be accepting donations to benefit the Special Olympics New York and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Torch Run is part of a year-round, grassroots fundraising campaign by law enforcement agencies, benefiting their local Special Olympic Program. NYS Police, Buffalo Police, Hamburg Police, and NYS Department of Corrections will be participating.

The various law enforcement agencies will be on hand at 11 Applebee's locations, greeting customers and helping out the wait staff.

Applebee's has locations in Williamsville, Niagara Falls, Lockport, Buffalo, Depew, Blasdell, Lakewood, Cheektowaga, Dunkirk, Olean, and West Seneca.

In 2009, more than $1 million was raised for the athletes of Special Olympics New York.

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March of Dimes Celebrates Annual Signature Chefs Auction

The March of Dimes, Western New York Division presents the 2010 Signature Chefs Auction, “Feathers & Flair, A March of Dimes Monte Carlo Affair” on Friday, October 8 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. Western New York’s finest chefs will offer their signature dishes coupled with wine tastings from regional wineries and accompanied by an array of unique live and silent auction items and entertainment. Everyone is invited to attend the evening, which raises money and awareness to save babies from prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality.

This year’s event promises to be an elegant night with some of the best restaurants in town. Featured dishes will be prepared by Alex’s Place, Blue Buffalo, Chef’s Restaurant, Fiamma Steak House, Harry’s Harbour Place Grille, Koi, La Scala, My Tomato Pie, Protocol Restaurant and Rich Renaissance Catering. Wine selections will be offered by Merritt Estate Winery.

Today Only: Red Cross and Buffalo Bills Seek Donors

The Buffalo Bills and American Red Cross Blood Drive will host their 4th Annual Blood Drive to be held at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Quarterback Trent Edwards and safety George Wilson are the spokespersons for the event and are scheduled to show at 1:00 p.m.  In addition, special appearances will be made throughout the day by select Bills players.  

Presenting donors will receive a commemorative gift and be entered in random drawings for many great prizes.  Free parking and refreshments will be available.  Fans should bring their photo I.D. 

Walk-ins are welcome or fans can call 1.800.GIVE.LIFE to make an appointment.

Pet Connection Seeks Vendors for Popular Event

Have a business you'd like to promote or a product you’d like to sell? Pet Connection Programs Inc. is looking for vendors to participate in Tails on the Trails, their annual dog-walk fundraiser. The 2011 event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4. The cost to vendors is just $25, and tables, chairs, tents and publicity are provided. Space is limited, so book now by contacting Joe Kirchmyer at (716) 997-0152. This event annually attracts hundreds of participants — both the two- and four-legged variety!