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Catholic Charities exceeds 2014 Appeal goal

Ashley Hirtzel

The Diocese of Buffalo announced Monday the results of its 90th annual Catholic Charities Appeal. The organization exceeded its $10.8 million goal by collecting cash and donations of just over $11 million.

The funds will be used to support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services at its 61 locations across Western New York. Diocesan Director Sister Mary McCarrick says the additional funds will allow the organization to expand its services.

“We will be expanding our services in Franklinville. We already have limited counseling services, so we’re going to be able to expand those services. We’re going to be able to do a real assessment of needs in terms of food, clothing, shelter and advocacy. So, we’re really grateful to everyone who contributed,” said McCarrick.

This year’s campaign launched on January 7, with a goal of $10.8 million, $100,000 greater than the 2013 annual campaign. Michael Pratt and his wife Maureen chaired this year’s Appeal. The Pratt’s said they’re amazed at the generosity and ‘heart’ of people in western New York.

“Facing challenges, both situational and demographic, our donors stepped forward with increased pledges and gifts to fill any voids we were experiencing,” said Michael and Maureen Pratt.

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Diocesan Director Sister Mary McCarrick discussing the results of Catholic Charities 2014 Appeal.

This is Bishop Malone’s second year as Bishop, and his second year of success with the annual Appeal. Bishop Malone says there were moments during the drive that it felt like reaching the goal was impossible.

“As a result of the incredible generosity of the Western New York community, I have the great joy of announcing we have met, and surpassed, our goal again this year,” said Bishop Malone.

Catholic Charities is the most comprehensive human service provider serving all eight counties of Western New York and receives the highest ratings for quality of service provided and financial health/accountability as rated by the Council on Accreditation and Charity Navigator. Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity for 90 years.