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CrossFit Event to Benefit Hope House Shelter

CrossFit Event to Benefit Hope House Shelter

CrossFit Nickel City (CFNC), 247 Virginia St., Buffalo, is hosting an in-house individual CrossFit competition at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Hope House Shelter for Women & Children.

The Matt Urban Hope Center is a community-focused agency based on the East Side of Buffalo. Its mission is to revitalize neighborhoods, serve families and change lives by offering a full array of services and support to the community. This is accomplished through job training, housing assistance, financial planning and more. Each week over 300 people are assisted through the Center and over 250 families are served through the Hope House emergency shelter. Last year the organization helped 110 street homeless individuals secure housing and provided 88 permanent supportive housing units to the chronically homeless.

Pathways Church Moving to Main Street in East Aurora

Pathways Church Moving to Main Street in East Aurora

Pathways Christian Fellowship is moving from the South Wales Community Center to the East Aurora Christian Church at 464 Main St. Pathways, led by Pastor Dr. Frank Cerny, MDiv, PhD, will be renting space to hold their Sunday service at 10:15 a.m.

The Fellowship is celebrating 10 years of worship and service to the community this summer. The more than a century old South Wales facility, built as a community center and worship space, has been rented by the church for those 10 years. As part of its mission work, the church improved the community center by painting and updating the old building. The church also facilitated acquiring a grant to make the center accessible on the second floor with a lift. 

Catholic Charities 2016 Appeal Goal is Within Reach at $10.5 Million

Catholic Charities 2016 Appeal Goal is Within Reach at $10.5 Million

With about four weeks remaining before the close of the 2016 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, the annual campaign has raised $10,550,794.76 in cash and pledges, representing almost 96 percent of its $11 million goal. Appeal leaders are asking the community for their help in raising the remaining $449,205.24 still needed to reach the final goal by June 30.
       
The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Appeal leadership team for all of the support the Western New York community has shown so far. He also stressed the urgency of contributing now to those who have not yet donated, or are in a position to consider an additional gift, to help ensure a successful conclusion.

Dog Ears Director Thanks Community for Gala Support

Dog Ears Director Thanks Community for Gala Support

Tom McDonnell, director of Dog Ear Bookstore & Café, would like to thank the South Buffalo community and beyond for supporting the nonprofit organization’s annual gala, held on April 30 at the Buffalo Irish Center.

“The entire community stepped up to help make this event — our largest annual fundraiser — a great success,” said McDonnell. “Thanks to our many volunteers and everyone who donated auction items, their time and money, we will be able to continue our community outreach and extensive literary programs.”

McDonnell would like to extend a special thank you to the 30 volunteers from RealtyUSA who worked both day and night to guarantee the success of the event, including Matthew Whitehead, manager of RealtyUSA’s West Seneca office, and his 5-year-old daughter Olivia. 

Erie County Clerk, AAAWCNY, AT&T, Sheriff’s Office, NYS Police Host Distracted Driving Awareness Day

Erie County Clerk, AAAWCNY, AT&T, Sheriff’s Office, NYS Police Host Distracted Driving Awareness Day

County Clerk Chris Jacobs and AAA Western and Central New York teamed up with AT&T, Erie County Sheriff’s Department and New York State Police to raise awareness for AAA’s 100 Deadliest Days for Drivers - the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teen crash fatalities historically climb, the AT&T “It Can Wait” campaign and state distracted driving laws. Distracted Driving Awareness Day in Western New York was hosted May 3 at the Erie County Auto Bureau in the Town of Tonawanda, where young drivers, parents and all those that visited the auto bureau were educated about the dangers of distracted driving.

Exhibition Features Children’s Works Inspired by Street Photographer

Exhibition Features Children’s Works Inspired by Street Photographer

Elementary and middle school students from South Buffalo’s Seneca Babcock community displayed their “street photography” skills at a Daemen College exhibition that was inspired by the works of American street photographer Vivian Maier.

The photographs shown in the April 21 exhibition, “Seneca Babcock Through the Eyes, Hearts and Art of Children: Part III,” resulted from a community art project overseen by Dr. Mary Wolf, Daemen associate professor of art education, and art education major Samantha Lora of Manchester.

Explore Buffalo Season Kickoff Event Coming to Riverfest Park

Explore Buffalo Season Kickoff Event Coming to Riverfest Park

Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time to kick off the tour season with a party! Join Explore Buffalo from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the brand new lodge in Riverfest Park to enjoy Buffalo’s newest waterfront destination. Riverfest Park is located at 249 Ohio St., Buffalo.

Visitors will enjoy the view of the sunset on the Buffalo River and grain elevators as Explore Buffalo celebrates the start of a new season of tours. Docents will be leading mini tours of the park and the waterfront neighborhood’s history throughout the evening.

Hors d’oeuvres, with a build-your-own taco bar and two drink tickets for beer or wine (cash bar for additional drinks) will be included with admission. Tickets are $30 general admission, or $25 for Explorer Pass holders.