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Annual Western New York Land Conservancy Gala Taking Place on September 26

Annual Western New York Land Conservancy Gala Taking Place on September 26

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host its annual gala in the Golden Ballroom at Statler City from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. For more than 26 years, the regional land trust and its thousands of supporters have saved more than 6,000 acres of forests, wetlands, meadows and farms in the eight counties of Western New York. These places include, among many others, the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston, Owens Falls Sanctuary in Aurora and farmland throughout the region. These places are protected forever because of the Land Conservancy and the efforts of its members.

Andre Reed to Kick Off ‘Read with Reed’ Initiative in Buffalo

Andre Reed to Kick Off ‘Read with Reed’ Initiative in Buffalo

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Reed will return to Buffalo at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, to kick off his Read with Reed 83 Challenge at the Boys & Girls Club’s Butler-Mitchell Clubhouse at 370 Massachusetts Ave. 

“My reading program called READ 83 has really taken and will support Boys & Girls Clubs in NFL cities,” Reed said. “I was a club kid who made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Now I represent what they stand for and I know that through reading, every child can do the same. Reading is a way out!” 

Team Read 83 is also excited to introduce this new collaboration with inner city literacy experts from iKnowABC. In partnership with the Andre Reed Foundation, Pro Athlete Community Engagement Manager Theresa Villano and Cindy Finelli Coleman, M.Ed., of Cindy and Co., have co-created the Read with Reed 83 program. 

Dedication Planned for Daemen Center Named in Honor of Historic Gift

Dedication Planned for Daemen Center Named in Honor of Historic Gift

Daemen College will celebrate the grand opening of its newly named Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement at a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 7 in Duns Scotus Room 226.

The ceremony, which is a part of Daemen’s inaugural Founders Celebration, will include the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the naming in honor of an historic $1 million gift from the Paul A. Saffrin Foundation. Remarks will be given by Daemen President Gary A. Olson, Paul A. Saffrin, and Dr. Maureen Millane, associate vice president for community engagement. A reception will immediately follow the dedication ceremony, which is free and open to the public.

Founders Bell Ringing Ceremony to Kick-Off Daemen Celebration

Founders Bell Ringing Ceremony to Kick-Off Daemen Celebration

Daemen College’s inaugural Founders Celebration, a new annual tradition to commemorate the college’s rich history and origins, will kick off with a dedication and ringing ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 7 to officially unveil the institution’s Founders Bell.

In honor of the college’s 70th anniversary being marked this year, the ceremony will include one symbolic ring for each decade since the college was founded in 1947. Official ringers at the ceremony will include Daemen President Gary A. Olson; Dr. Thomas Stewart, ’74, chair of the Daemen Board of Trustees; Sister Edith Wyss, ’66, of the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, the college’s founding congregation; Nancy Haberman Gacioch, ’62, alumna; Dr. Matthew Ward, president of the Faculty Senate; Dr. Ned Cuddy, faculty emeriti representative; and Hugo Juarez, president of the Student Association.

Community Comes Together to Complete New Classroom at the Rural Outreach Center

Community Comes Together to Complete New Classroom at the Rural Outreach Center

The Kiwanis Club of East Aurora has completed construction of a multi-purpose classroom addition at the Rural Outreach Center (ROC), located at 730 Olean in East Aurora. The new facility will enable the ROC to provide programs — including healthy living, financial literacy, self-care and other classes — to help people living in the rural areas of southern Western New York become self-sufficient. 

A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Members of the Kiwanis Club as well as individuals and businesses who assisted with the project will be recognized at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to visit the new facility at 6:30 p.m.

Collectors’ Expo to Benefit Three Local Organizations

Collectors’ Expo to Benefit Three Local Organizations

Three local organizations will receive a portion of the proceeds from a first-time event to be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

One hundred percent of admission collected at the door for the Collectors’ Expo will be donated to Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe, South Buffalo Alive and the Buffalo Irish Center. Additionally, all money raised through antique appraisals during the event will also be donated to the three South Buffalo organizations. Admission will be $2 per person while antique appraisals will cost $2 each (maximum three items per person).

THE CIVIC HEART Powered by AT&T, BCAT, and Squeaky Wheel Student Film Project

THE CIVIC HEART Powered by AT&T, BCAT, and Squeaky Wheel Student Film Project

THE CIVIC HEART powered by AT&T, Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT), and Squeaky Wheel documentary project is a powerful short film diving into the motivation of “public servants” and outlining the ways in which all residents can have a voice in the future of our beloved Buffalo and Western New York region.  Thirty high school students from all over the City of Buffalo worked as a team for six weeks to create a documentary to capture the spirit of the people who serve the people of Buffalo and all of Western New York during the free 2017 Summer Youth Arts Program.  Instructor Kevin Kline worked with teens program to develop this unique Buffalo specific documentary supported by AT&T.