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Catholic Charities Launches 2016 Appeal at New West Side Health Care Center; Sets $11 Million Goal

Catholic Charities Launches 2016 Appeal at New West Side Health Care Center; Sets $11 Million Goal

Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials and volunteer leaders announced an $11 million goal for the 2016 Appeal Jan. 6. Monsignor David S. Slubecky, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Buffalo, representing The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo who was unable to attend, made the announcement at a kick-off event held at the new Catholic Charities Health Care Center for refugee clients and the community, located in the former Nativity Roman Catholic Church on Buffalo’s West Side. The theme for the 2016 Appeal is “Find Good Within” and the patron saint of the 92nd annual Appeal is St. Nicholas.

The Appeal helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 programs across 61 sites in the eight counties of Western New York along with Bishop’s Fund for the Faith.  

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Seriously Ill Student Receives Nursing Degree

Seriously Ill Student Receives Nursing Degree

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Daemen College President Gary A. Olson conferred a bachelor’s degree in nursing to student Paula Williams, who is seriously ill with breast cancer, at a private on-campus ceremony held Dec. 16 in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. She completed the academic requirements in the fall semester to receive her nursing degree, which was presented in advance of the college’s annual commencement ceremony in May.

“We are all very proud of Paula for persevering through her illness to receive her degree,” said Olson. “She is courageous, tenacious, and an inspiration to everyone at Daemen.”

A graduate of the former Buffalo General Hospital School of Nursing, Williams held various staff and leadership positions at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. In recognition of her professional excellence, she was awarded a scholarship from the Kaleida Health Foundation.

Area Leaders Address Race and Higher Education

Area Leaders Address Race and Higher Education

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Several leaders from the Buffalo Niagara region engaged in an insightful dialogue on race and higher education at a panel discussion held Jan. 8 as part of the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series.

The discussion, which was moderated by Dr. Isiah Marshall, Jr., Daemen associate professor of social work and master of social work program director, included panelists Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown; Dr. Catherine Fisher Collins of the New York State Education Department Board of Regents; Dr. Gary A. Olson, president of Daemen; Dr. Katherine S. Conway-Turner, president of SUNY Buffalo State; and Dr. Cynthia Zane, president of Hilbert College. As noted in the discussion, creating a safe and inclusive environment for all members of a campus community is key to promoting diversity at colleges and universities.

Nearly 30 Athletes Scheduled to Appear at Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Nearly 30 Athletes Scheduled to Appear at Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Nearly 30 former football, baseball, basketball and hockey players and coaches — including members of the Buffalo Bills, Braves and Sabres — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Feb. 20 and 21 in Batavia. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

Former Buffalo Bills scheduled to appear include Bruce Smith, Andre Reed, Marv Levy, Steve Tasker, Scott Norwood, Ruben Brown, Ray Bentley, Jeff Nixon, Walt Patulski, Billy Shaw, Al Bemiller and Ed Rutkowski. In addition to the Bills, Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey is also scheduled to appear at the show.

NHL players on the appearance roster include former Buffalo Sabres Don Luce and Jim Lorentz, along with former Buffalo Bison and New York Rangers goalie Gilles Villemure.

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Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State Continues on January 9

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State Continues on January 9

The new Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State, an indoor version of the popular Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, will continue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, following a two-week holiday break. The market takes place in Buckham Hall on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. The 20-week winter market will run through April 30.

In addition to hosting nearly 20 quality vendors, several food trucks are also scheduled to join the market this Saturday. No Illusions will provide musical entertainment from approximately 10:30 a.m. to noon. 

Buckham Hall is located on Rockwell Road near Grant Street. Free parking is available on campus during market hours, and Lot R-13 is recommended for convenience.

Rural Outreach Center Welcomes New Year with Expanded Health Services

Rural Outreach Center Welcomes New Year with Expanded Health Services

The Rural Outreach Center (the ROC) in East Aurora, a nonprofit Christian organization committed to helping individuals and families in rural communities overcome poverty through multiple strategies, is expanding its medical services in 2016.

“Our primary mission is to offer free basic medical care for uninsured adults,” said Ruthie Hunt, director of the ROC’s Health Care Services program. “These services are provided primarily by on-site qualified nurse practitioners with an on-call physician.”

Located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, the ROC’s Health Care Services program currently provides free basic medical care for adults who have no health insurance from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

Organization Offers Support to Pregnant Women with Cancer

Organization Offers Support to Pregnant Women with Cancer

The Pregnancy & Cancer Registry is a growing database of women from around the world who have been diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. The database was developed by Dr. Elyce Cardonick, a nationally recognized expert in maternal-fetal medicine. 

Dr. Cardonick has been helping pregnant women diagnosed with cancer have healthy babies for 17 years. These women are very brave, and at first want to deny themselves cancer treatment during pregnancy because they are afraid it will hurt their fetus.