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NOCO Express raises $13,000 for Salvation Army

NOCO Express raises $13,000 for Salvation Army
In this season of giving, NOCO Express customers and employees donated $13,000 to support The Salvation Army of Buffalo. Throughout the month of November, paper kettles were sold for $1 each at all NOCO Express’ 35 locations to benefit The Salvation Army.

“Our in-store campaign to support The Salvation Army was a success as customers generously gave to support those most in need right here in Western New York,” said Jim DeFilippis, vice president and general manager, NOCO Express. “Thank you to our customers and associates who embraced the giving spirit of the season to help their neighbors.”

Church of the Annunciation’s Parish Council Prepares for New Year

Church of the Annunciation’s Parish Council Prepares for New Year

Father Eugene Ulrich, pastor of the Church of the Annunciation in Elma, offered a special blessing of Parish Council members during the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Dec. 13. Members of the 2016 Parish Council include President Tom DiScipio, Pastoral Associate Deborah Keenan, Mark Bergmann, Wayne Drzymala, Mark Ludwig, Molly Moessinger, Paula Penepent and Frank Wawro.

As president, DiScipio shared some details regarding the council’s efforts and goals. The council serves as one branch of the parish leadership and provides Fr. Ulrich with general support and counsel on various issues. 

“Each meeting we spend time reflecting on either scripture or one of the Pope’s encyclicals,” said DiScipio. “Currently, we are reflecting on the encyclical ‘On Care for Our Common Home.’ We use these reflections as a guide for our thoughts and actions during the meeting.

Matt Urban Hope Center to Hold Annual Harvest for Hope Gathering

Matt Urban Hope Center to Hold Annual Harvest for Hope Gathering

Harvest for Hope, an annual gathering benefitting the Matt Urban Hope Center, returns from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Pearl Street Grill, 76 Pearl St., Buffalo. The event provides funding so the Hope Center can continue to provide crucial services for residents of the lower East Side of Buffalo who suffer from extreme poverty (45.9 percent of whom live below the poverty rate).

The Hope Center assists residents with securing benefits and services necessary to obtain and sustain safe, decent and affordable housing. The Hope Center provides a “one-stop shop” to help homeless and low-income families get back on their feet. It also includes the “Urban Diner” (in collaboration with Friends of the Night People), where free dinners are served restaurant-style, Monday through Friday evenings to community members in need.

Take Another Look at Buffalo

Take Another Look at Buffalo

 

All Buffalonians are invited to bring the family and friends who come to town to celebrate Thanksgiving to the fabulous City Hall on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. to Take Another Look at Buffalo.

Celebrate the resurgence of the city. From the cranes on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to HARBORCENTER, Canalside and the re-watered canals, Larkinville, RiverWorks, Solar City and the Outer Harbor, there is so much progress to see … and it is all visible from the City Hall Observation Decks on both the 25th and the 28th floors. But Take Another Look offers additional views of Buffalo, as well.

NOCO raises more than $25,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

NOCO raises more than $25,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
NOCO customers and employees came together to raise $25,015 throughout August and September to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Western & Central New York Chapter.

“As a company firmly committed to giving back to our local community, NOCO has been a proud supporter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Western & Central New York Chapter since 2013,” said Michael Bradley, chief financial officer and senior vice president, NOCO.  “In just those three years, NOCO has been proud to donate nearly $60,000 in customer and employee donations to support ongoing research and programs for members of our community impacted by blood cancers.”

New Weber’s Three-pack to Aid Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research

New Weber’s Three-pack to Aid Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research

 

Buffalo-based Heintz & Weber Co., Inc., makers of the top-selling mustard in Western New York, today introduced a new three-pack of assorted condiments including Weber’s famous Horseradish Mustard, Hot Texas Sandwich Sauce and Piccalilli Relish. A portion of the proceeds from each package sold will benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a nonprofit organization at the forefront of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy research.

MQA Teacher’s Act of Kindness is Going Viral

MQA Teacher’s Act of Kindness is Going Viral

 

Jackie Sandel, the AIS reading teacher at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga, has always been a big fan of the band Def Leppard and has seen them in concert several times. But on July 12, when the band visited Darien Lake, it was the very first time she was able to obtain meet-and-greet tickets that would provide a brief opportunity to meet members of the band prior to their local performance.

Sandel, who has a knack for making people feel welcomed and appreciated, decided to present the band with a gift bag welcoming them to Buffalo. One of the items was a “Campbell Tough” T-shirt that she personally designed and created for one of the band members, guitarist Vivian Campbell, who is currently battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.