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Local businesses kick-off holiday season by fundraising for Roswell Park

Posted at 11:32 PM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-14 23:32:29-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Elmwood Village business owners hosted a fundraiser for Roswell Park, to kick-off the holiday season by giving back. The money benefited Roswell Park's Courage of Carly Fund for pediatric cancer and blood disorders.

The fund provides emotional support for family members both in and out of the hospital, as well as funding research. Elmwood Strip Group co-founder, Therese Deutschlander, said at a time when people have so many shopping options, the businesses are grateful when the community shops local.

"Just as a way of saying thank you to the community for supporting us throughout the year," she said. "So we want your dollar to go further by shopping at the businesses on Elmwood and supporting an event like this, it impacts a greater community and it benefits Roswell."

Deutschlander said about 100 businesses took part, giving out items like prizes and gift cards. Those weren't the only things guests could walk away with, however. The artwork that was auctioned off was painted by Roswell's pediatric cancer patients.

"A lot of them you know love seeing their work come to life, it really gives them a little boost, to just you know boost their confidence and say 'oh I made that piece of art,'" said Megan Crawford, a coordinator for Courage of Carly Fund.

Deutschlander said the event raised close to $4000.