Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- With just one week before the fiscal year closes on the 2011 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, Bishop Edward U. Kmiec on Thursday urged a final push that will put the Appeal over the top of its fund-raising goal this year.
Just under $100,000 is needed to achieve its $10.5 million goal, the organization announced. The Appeal stands at $10,408,352.80, or 99 percent of goal, and the fiscal year ends June 30.
Bishop Kmiec asked the generous Western New York community to consider stepping up with a last minute gift.
“I am inspired by the fact that we are so very close to achieving our goal! In this last year as Bishop of our wonderful diocese, I would dearly love to have the Appeal reach goal. The work of Catholic Charities is the front line of the Catholic Church serving those in need — and it is dear to my heart,” he said. “If those individuals who haven’t yet given — and even our donors who already contributed — could look in their hearts and respond today with a gift or a pledge, our goal surely can be met. My hope and prayer is that our generous community will come through in this final hour.”
Donations to the Appeal can be made through Diocese of Buffalo parishes or directly to Catholic Charities. Donations and pledges are accepted at Catholic Charities headquarters at 741 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo; by calling 218-1400 or via its secure website at www.ccwny.org.