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Daemen Receives Largest Private Gift in College’s History

Daemen Receives Largest Private Gift in College’s History

Daemen College has received an unprecedented $1 million gift from the Paul A. Saffrin Foundation to support the institution’s Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement, making it the largest private gift in the college’s nearly 70-year history.

In honor of this historic gift to the college, the center has officially been renamed the Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement.

“Robust civic engagement contributes to many positive social outcomes, so it is my honor and privilege to support Daemen College as it prepares students to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a difference in society,” said Saffrin.

Explore Buffalo Offering Docent Training for the 2017 Season

Explore Buffalo Offering Docent Training for the 2017 Season

What do Explore Buffalo docents do? Volunteer docents lead all Explore Buffalo’s walking tours, including regularly scheduled and private group tours for the general public, and school tours for thousands of students from elementary to high school. With hundreds of tours given each year, there are many opportunities to participate!

Why become a docent for Explore Buffalo? Being a docent for Explore Buffalo is fun! What could be more thrilling than showing people from around the world Buffalo’s incredible architecture and history?

Being a docent is also a great way to meet new people within Explore Buffalo and among the organization’s many community partners. Explore Buffalo organizes regular social events for docents and volunteers.

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) is pleased to announced that it has been awarded a $3,500 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY, Inc. to enhance the organization’s “Especially for Kids” program. The grant will be used to purchase therapy supplies, backpacks, school supplies and winter coat gift certificates.

Located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, the mission of the Rural Outreach Center is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas. In January, the ROC will launch its ROC Resolutions campaign to shine a spotlight on rural poverty in Western New York. Several well-known members of the local business and sports communities — including co-chairs Steve and Sarah Tasker — will assist in promoting areas of concern for those living in poverty, such as nutrition, utilities, transportation and clothing. 

Rural Outreach Center Collecting New and Gently Used Winter Clothing

Rural Outreach Center Collecting New and Gently Used Winter Clothing

New and gently used coats, boots, scarves, gloves and mittens, and new socks and hats, are now being collected by the Rural Outreach Center (ROC). Located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, the mission of the ROC is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas.

“Items collected will be donated to families living in poverty throughout the southern rural region of Western New York,” said Pastor Frank Cerny, ROC executive director. “With the cooler months now upon us, this need is immediate. We urge everyone to go through their closets and donate winter clothing items that you no longer use but still have a lot of life left in them.”

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Gift Cards to Purchase Thanksgiving Meals

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Gift Cards to Purchase Thanksgiving Meals

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) is turning to the community for assistance this holiday season as they seek to make Thanksgiving a much happier time for individuals and families living in poverty in rural Erie County and beyond.

The nonprofit organization is now accepting gift cards in any denomination from grocery stores such as Tops and Wegmans to help provide delicious and nutritious Thanksgiving meals. Gift cards can be sent or delivered to the Rural Outreach Center located at 730 Olean Drive, East Aurora, N.Y. 14052.

Daemen Receives National Recognition for Community Service

Daemen Receives National Recognition for Community Service

For the eighth consecutive year, Daemen College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to the community, service learning, and civic engagement.

The national honor recognizes higher education institutions that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. Daemen is one of only four institutions in the Buffalo Niagara region and among 35 colleges and universities across New York State to receive this national distinction in the 2015 general community service category.

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Suneel’s Light, a Western New York non-profit foundation with the mission of raising funds for research that will lead to a cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and to increase public awareness of the genetic disease, has announced that local philanthropist and nationally renowned restaurateur, Russell Salvatore will serve as the 2016 Honorary Chairman of Suneel’s Celebrity Gala, the Foundation’s annual “Dancing with the Stars” inspired fundraiser. Peter M. Vito, retired commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services and chairman and CEO of Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc., and his wife Elizabeth R. Donatello, Esq. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney were also named Event Chairs. Funds raised by Suneel’s Celebrity Gala in Buffalo help this local non-profit foundation support critical research for treatments in search of a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a lethal genetic childhood disease.