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Catholic Charities surpasses appeal goal

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Sister Mary McCarrick, director of Catholic Charities

By Maggie Fleming

Buffalo, NY – Catholic Charities has exceeded its 2011 Appeal goal. Leaders of the drive announced Wednesday morning that they raised $10,601,157.94 in cash and pledges.

This year's goal was $10.5 million. Sister Mary McCarrick, director of Catholic Charities in Western New York, thanked all of the volunteers and donors for their contributions.

"We exceeded our goal this year because of the outpouring of generosity and compassion of hundreds and thousands of people of Western New York. When we stated the need, you listened you responded, some with second gifts, until the campaign was not only met, but exceeded," said Sister McCarrick.

Bishop Edward Kmiec, leader of the Catholoic Diocese of Buffalo, thanked the people of Western New York for all their support in exceeding the goal.

"I am certain that the great faith and petitions on our behalf, surely helped to see this campaign through to its successful conclusion. I encourage your continued prayers as Catholic Charities now picks up the baton and to carry out the work advancing our Lord's mission to minister to those in need throughout our diocese," said Bishop Kmiec.

2011 Appeal Chair Greg Maher, a five-year member of the Appeal leadership team, extended recognition to the parish volunteers for their work.

"This year's success would not have been possible without the efforts of our more than 750 volunteers who committed themselves to this worthy cause," said Maher. "In fact, through their perseverance, 92 of the 184 parishes and campus ministries of the Diocese went over their 2010 totals - and by an average of nearly 7 percent at that!"

The money raised through this campaign will help Catholic Charities continue to provide basic assistance and counseling for people in need across the eight counties of Western New York.