St. Susan Center receives $5,000 donation from BWB P.C. in Jamestown

December 20, 2011 Updated Dec 20, 2011 at 12:10 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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The staff from BWB P.C. Jamestown office stopped by the St. Susan Center on Dec. 19 to deliver a $5,000 donation and 30 bags of food. Standing from left to right are Sue Colwell from the St. Susan Center, along with BWB staff members Ryanne John, Tom Buffamante , Jack Whipple, Tom Benson, Dave DiTanna, Scott Reed, Chad Madden, Leslie Hoisington and Kristy Zabrodsky, along with Mike Billoni from the WNY Food Bank.

December 20, 2011 Updated Dec 20, 2011 at 12:10 PM EDT

Jamestown, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C. is making note of its 40th year in operation by giving back to its communities.

This week, the certified public accounting and business advisory firm announced that it would be donating $12,500 to the Food Bank of Western New York, with $5,000 of that money to be used to purchase food that will go directly to the St. Susan Center in Jamestown.

“We’re just overjoyed by this donation,” said Michael Billoni, Marketing and Public Relations Director for the Food Bank of Western New York. “It’s just a wonderful gesture by a great company in our community.”

On Dec. 19, members of the BWB branch in Jamestown stopped by the St. Susan Center in Jamestown to drop off their donation and hand-deliver 30 bags of food collected during a recent food drive.

“They brought all those things in and I can’t wait to go through all 30 bags and see what there is,” said Sue Colwell, executive director at St. Susan’s. “It will all help with an immediate need to cook during the next few weeks.”

Colwell was also grateful for the monetary donation from BWB. That’s because the donation can be leveraged to purchase more than just $5,000 worth of food.

“This is huge for us because for every dollar donated, we can purchase up to $5 in food from the food bank,” Colwell said. “It’s a big sigh of relief for St. Susan’s to know that we will be heading into the new year with some food in the bank, so to speak.”

The St. Susan Center occupies part of the Gateway Center building on Water St. in Jamestown. The Center provides a nutritionally balanced meal seven days a week, including traditional holiday meals on Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. In recent years, the number of meals served has grown significantly.

“We understand that there is a great deal of need within [the Jamestown] community and within the other communities that we serve,” said Kristy Zabrodsky, BWB Shareholder. “We felt that our 40th anniversary was an opportunity for us to do something to help and give a little bit back.”

Zabrodsky also hopes BWB’s most recent donation will encourage other businesses to also provide assistance to the less fortunate.

"We’d love to think of it as kind of a challenge to others to really take a look at the community and to do things that might help, whether it be here or in other ways that make a difference,” Zabrodsky said.

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