Corporate support for Catholic Charities

April 11, 2011 Updated Apr 11, 2011 at 7:22 AM EDT

April 11, 2011 Updated Apr 11, 2011 at 7:22 AM EDT

Catholic Charities is relying on corporate support this year, which is vital to the annual fundraiser. A report in this week's Business First points out that The United Way surpassed last year's figures as corporate and foundation gifts rose by two percent, after an 8 percent decline last year. Catholic Charities is hoping to see the same trend. Last year, corporate donations accounted for 8 percent of its appeal. Business First says so far, corporate support for Catholic Charities is already strong, with more than 25 new companies donating. The public portion begins April 16th, with a goal of raising $10.5 million by Easter Sunday.

Buffalo's Delaware North Cos. is bidding to keep a space shuttle at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Nasa is deciding where to place three orbiters on permanent display. More than 20 museums have made pitches to Nasa. Delaware North operates and manages Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center. The company has put together a $100 million project to showcase an orbiter at the complex. Nasa is expected to announce its plans tomorrow. It will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the first shuttle launch, as Nasa is slated to retire its space shuttle program.

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