2017 appeal supporting Catholic Charities surpasses goal

BUFFALO — The Rev. Monsignor David S. Slubecky, vicar general and moderator of the curia of the Diocese of Buffalo, announced the 2017 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo met and exceeded its $11 million goal. After a very challenging Appeal, officials expressed gratitude for the incredible parish, community and corporate support,especially last-minute gifts, which brought the campaign total to $11,069,168.36.

During the announcement, Slubecky, representing The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, who was out of town and unable to attend, traced the ups and downs of the journey that closed on June 30.

“Our early results looked promising, only to sink as spring turned to summer and we faced a nearly one million dollar shortfall entering the final month putting us in great jeopardy of not reaching our goal for only the third time in 93 years,” said Slubecky. “With the community, including many of our friends in the local media, rallying on our behalf, we slowly but surely inched closer and closer to our $11 million goal as the June 30th deadline rapidly approached.”

The Appeal, which officially began Jan. 18, helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services across 61 sites in Western New York along with a number of ministries through the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith.

Sister Mary McCarrick, Catholic Charities diocesan director, said, “All of our contributors – including those who graciously gave a second time or for the first time at the last minute – understood that while our time was finite, we could do infinite good with their gifts. We certainly will. We pledge to remain just as focused on continuing our mission to serve people in need as we were in meeting our goal.”

The 2017 campaign theme was “Finite time. Infinite good.”

For further information about the organization and its programs and services, contact Catholic Charities at (716) 218-1400 or go to ccwny.org. You can also check out Catholic Charities on Facebook at facebook.com/ccbuffalo, on Twitter at twitter.com/ccbuffalo and on Instagram at Instagram.com/catholiccharitiesbuffalo.