Weekly Feature

2017-07-13 / Business

Catholic Charities of Buffalo meets 2017 Appeal goal

Monsignor David S. Slubecky, vicar general and moderator of the curia of the Diocese of Buffalo, announced Tuesday morning that the 2017 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo met and exceeded its $11 million goal.

After a challenging Appeal, officials expressed gratitude for the parish, community and corporate support, especially last-minute gifts, which brought the campaign total to $11,069,168.36, according to a Tuesday press release from the organization.

Monsignor Slubecky, representing Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo, who was out of town and unable to attend, traced the ups and downs of the journey that closed on June 30.

“Our early results looked promising, only to sink as spring turned to summer and we faced a nearly $1 million shortfall entering the final month, putting us in great jeopardy of not reaching our goal for only the third time in 93 years,” he said in a press release.

He added that with the community, including many in the local media, rallying on the campaign’s behalf, it slowly but surely inched closer to the $11 million goal as the June 30 deadline approached.

The Appeal, which officially began Jan. 18, helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services across 61 sites in Western New York along with a number of ministries through the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith.

“All of our contributors — including those who graciously gave a second time or for the first time at the last minute — understood that while our time was finite, we could do infinite good with their gifts,” Sister Mary Mc- Carrick, Catholic Charities diocesan director, said in the release. “We certainly will. We pledge to remain just as focused on continuing our mission to serve people in need as we were in meeting our goal.”

For more information about the organization, contact Catholic Charities at 218-1400 or go to ccwny.org. People can also check out Catholic Charities on Facebook at facebook.com/ccbuffalo, on Twitter at twitter.com/ccbuffalo and on Instagram at Instagram.com/catholiccharitiesbuffalo.

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