Cantalician Center Draws A $750,000 Grant

August 13, 2012 Updated Aug 13, 2012 at 7:10 AM EDT

By Tracey Drury, Business First

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Cantalician Center Draws A $750,000 Grant

August 13, 2012 Updated Aug 13, 2012 at 7:10 AM EDT

DEPEW, NY (WKBW) - A $750,000 challenge grant is expected to boost development efforts for Cantalician Center's expansion project in Depew.

The grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation is intended to assist with completion of its new academic campus at the 15-acre former St. Barnabas Parish property on George Urban Boulevard.

A ceremony planned for Tuesday morning will include an official challenge to the community, as well as a performance by the Cantalician student choir.

The renovated and expanded site includes a 90,000-square-foot facility with classrooms, a full gymnasium and cafeteria, as well as enclosed baseball diamonds and soccer fields.

Founded in 1956, the nonprofit Cantalician Center provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities, including a school-age program and early childhood programs and an adult program.

Oishei's contribution will make a major dent in a $1.5 million capital campaign that kicked off last summer.

The site replaces two aging facilities on Main Street in Buffalo and Eggert Road in Amherst. The school-age program for persons up to age 21 will open in September, while an early childhood program will follow next summer. Adult programs will remain at the agency's Hertel Avenue site.

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