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Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2015 Opens with $7.43 Million Raised Toward $10.9 Million Goal

Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2015 Opens with $7.43 Million Raised  Toward $10.9 Million Goal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, announced Tuesday, March 24, Catholic Charities’ 91st annual Appeal has raised $7,432,587.16 to date, representing 68 percent of the $10.9 million goal. The total includes monies collected and reported by parish volunteers during the opening weekend (March 21-22) of Appeal Week 2015, the period which marks the strongest push for parish donations.

The total reported is more than $500,000 short of where Catholic Charities’ officials and the Appeal leadership team hoped to be after the first Sunday.

Funds raised for Appeal 2015 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight counties of Western New York, and the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith, which supports related ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo.
    

Daemen’s Geppetto Festival to Bring New Life to Art of Puppetry

Daemen’s Geppetto Festival to Bring New Life to Art of Puppetry

The artistic talents of puppeteers from across the United States will be showcased in the second annual Geppetto Festival, named after the beloved woodcarver from the children’s classic “Pinocchio,” scheduled for April 15 as part of the Daemen College Academic Festival.

“The Geppetto Festival is intended to share enriching presentations and performances to help bring new life to puppetry,” said Cameron Garrity, festival director. “Whether young or young at heart, the festival will give audiences the chance to explore new avenues of puppetry beyond Sesame Street and other well-known shows.”

Dog Ears gala to feature local music and cuisine

Dog Ears gala to feature local music and cuisine

 

The seventh annual Dog Ears Bookstore Gala will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo. The theme for the event is “Buffalo Beats & Eats,” a celebration of local music and cuisine.

Providing musical entertainment will be the StoneBridge Band, Grace Stumberg Band, the Charlie O’Neill Unplugged Club and a few surprise bands. Additionally, more than 20 local restaurants will participate in a “Taste of the City” event during the gala. Beer and wine will be included in the ticket price, including a special beer-tasting event by Certo Brothers Distributing.

Franciscan Mountain Retreat Seeks Executive Director

Franciscan Mountain Retreat Seeks Executive Director

 

Mt. Irenaeus, the Franciscan Mountain Retreat located in scenic Western New York, seeks an Executive Director (ED) to act as chief operating officer and provide vision and strategic planning for this organization with a rich 30-year history. Working within our collaborative management model, the ED will supervise the day-to-day operations of “the Mountain,” working closely with the president/ animator, resident friar community, the board of trustees, staff and students from nearby St. Bonaventure University.    

Key responsibilities include:

Hochul Reviews State’s Campus Sexual Assault Policy With Daemen Community

Hochul Reviews State’s Campus Sexual Assault Policy With Daemen Community

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul discussed a new Cuomo administration effort related to campus sexual assault prevention and policies at New York State’s private colleges at a March 5 meeting with members of the Daemen College community.

Hochul’s visit to Daemen was the first to take place at a Western New York private college as part of a statewide tour to talk about elements of the proposed legislation. With this, a new state policy implemented in December at SUNY campuses would be extended to include private colleges statewide so that uniform procedures and guidelines are in place at both private and public institutions.

Donald Alessi pleads guilty to assault


ORCHARD PARK, NY - A guilty plea was lodged Friday night involving an Orchard Park man who gave a date rape drug to an intern who was working for him at a gym in Williamsville.

Donald Alessi, Jr., 44, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. He faces jail time, or a combination of probation and a fine.

He gave the intern GHB while both worked at Alessi Fitness for Kids on Transit Road in April of 2012.

Donald Alessi is the brother of Doctor Derek Alessi, who has contributed content to WGRZ 2 On Your Side. Derek told us he ended his business and personal relationship with his brother shortly after the incident happened.


Dog Ears to Host Book-signing Event and New Puppy Tales Series

Dog Ears to Host Book-signing Event and New Puppy Tales Series

 

A book-signing event and a new session of the popular Puppy Tales program will take place at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

Bill Donohue, author of “Himself — A Civil War Veteran’s Struggle with Rebels, Brits and Devils,” will visit Dog Ears at 6 p.m. Friday, March 13, for a book-signing event. Published by Buffalo Heritage Press, “Himself” tells the story of Patrick Donohue, the author’s great-grandfather who was raised in Buffalo’s First Ward in the mid-1800s. He and his brother John fought with Grant’s Army of the Potomac in some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Both were wounded, with Patrick spending eight months in Confederate prisons.