charity

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 4:10 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Attica, Wyoming County, charity, Gateway Home, Sports, volleyball.

Gateway Home of Attica is the beneficiary of this year's charity fundraising volleyball game scheduled Oct. 5th at the Alexander Central School Gymnasium.

The Lady Blue Devils of Attica will face Alexander's Lady Trojans with the junior varsity game at 5 p.m., followed by varsity play at 6:30.

Event co-chairs Colette Yax and Laura Marzolf invite the community to come support this worthy cause.

Gateway Home is gearing up for a 2018 opening of its historic location at 91 Main St., Attica, as a comfort care home for individuals who are at the final stages of their lives.

Gateway volunteer Jeff Clark said the home is undergoing renovations including electrical and plumbing work and the structure is going to need a new roof.

“We’ve had extraordinary financial and volunteer support,” Clark said. “Community involvement and community support is the key to our success."

Marzolf said: “We are rallying Alexander, Attica and surrounding communities to help us make this our most successful benefit to date. All of Gateway Home’s funding is through donations and fundraisers. We have a friendly rivalry between Alexander and Attica schools and we are hoping this pays off for Gateway Home."

The fundraiser includes a basket auction, bake sale and a serving contest with a chance to win prizes from local merchants. Alexander Central School is located at 3314 Buffalo St. in Alexander.

Community members wishing to donate to the event may contact Colette Yax at 716-400-3628 or Laura Marzolf at 585-322-3748.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 4:37 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Attica, events, charity.
Event Date and Time: 
September 30, 2017 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

The fall third annual Higher Mountain Festival for Charity will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30th at Bennington Lanes "The Grove," 1374 Clinton Street Road, Attica. Funds raised will support Immaculata Home, a home for displaced women in the WNY region.

The fundraiser headed by Americana and Bluegrass bands features a regional favorite Higher Mountain, and the return of a famous family bluegrass band from this area, The Bartholomew Family, plus two other Rochester bands.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 4:32 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Attica, charity, announcements.

In photo above are members of the band Higher Mountain.

Submitted photos and press release:

Press release:

The fall third annual Higher Mountain Festival for Charity will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30th at Bennington Lanes Grove,1374 Clinton Street Road, Attica.

Funds raised will support Immaculata Home, a home for displaced women in the WNY region, particularly those who have been affected by incarceration and who are without dependents and family support.

The fundraiser headed by Americana and bluegrass bands features a regional favorite Higher Mountain, and the return of a famous family bluegrass band from this area, The Bartholomew Family, plus two other Rochester bands -- High Mileage and Gone Fishing. 

A basket raffle, 50/50, auction and open jamming (bring your instrument) are also planned. 

Higher Mountain has played as far West as the state of Wyoming, and far South as Naples, Fla., and North as Plattsburgh. Formed by Charlie Kesterson, a past Tennessee resident, who has played internationally including being a member of the first band featuring the famous Gibson Brothers, called the North Country Ramblers, features fast driving bluegrass banjo and fiddle. There CD recording "Mother’s Song," includes original tunes written by Christine Kesterson. 

This year the festival will bring The Bartholomew Family back to WNY. The Bartholomew Family band was headed by recently deceased Dean Bartholomew, of Addison, who promoted bluegrass music throughout his life. His three sons, Dale, Scott and Terry will return to the stage at this year’s festival.

Immaculata Home Inc., opened in Lockport, in June. This 501c3 charity provides housing for women who lack family support and find themselves searching for a supportive environment. Residents of Immaculata Home volunteer to give back to their community.

Christine Kesterson, the guitar player in Higher Mountain, is a Master’s in Divinity graduate of Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, and serves as the chaplain to Immaculata Home residents and board. 

The committee has suggested a donation of $15 reserved seating through 716-870-6932 or $20 at the door (bring a lawn chair). Under age 16 are admitted free. Groups of eight can reserve a table at a discount for $100. Cash donations in support can be sent to Immaculata Home Inc., P.O. Box 103, Lockport, NY 14095.

For more information on Immaculata Home view www.immaculatahome.org.

In photo below are members of the band The Bartholomew Family.

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 2:11 pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, charity.
Event Date and Time: 
October 21, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

From information provided by HomeCare & Hospice: 

Help HomeCare & Hospice Foundation Inc. raise funds for area patients and families by participating in its inaugural October Fest on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The event, sponsored by Overhead Door of Batavia, National Fuel, and Stan’s Harley-Davidson, will take place from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Paddock Room at Batavia Downs. It is located at 8315 Park Road in Batavia.

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 2:02 pm

From information provided by HomeCare & Hospice: 

Help HomeCare & Hospice Foundation Inc. raise funds for area patients and families by participating in its inaugural October Fest on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The event, sponsored by Overhead Door of Batavia, National Fuel, and Stan’s Harley-Davidson, will take place from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Paddock Room at Batavia Downs. It is located at 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

The October Fest will include 25+ vendors for beer, wine, and food tasting, live harness racing, a cash bar, DJ, 50/50 drawing, and more than $2,000 worth of basket raffle prizes! With the purchase of a $25 pre-sale ticket or $30 at the door, you will receive $10 of free play, food, wine and beer sampling vouchers, and a sandwich or bratwurst.

You must be 21 years of age or older to register for and be admitted to the event. Please bring a valid ID the day of the event.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the HomeCare & Hospice in Batavia, located at 29 Liberty St., or the Warsaw office at 450 N. Main St. You can also purchase tickets at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce (8276 Park Road, Batavia), Big Pauly’s Pizza (314 Ellicott St., Batavia), or online at HomeCare-Hospice.org/October-Fest.

Special discounted tickets for designated drivers are available for $15. Discounts are also available at the Batavia Downs Hotel for the night of the event. If you are interested, please call the Batavia Downs Hotel at (585) 815-7000 and mention HomeCare & Hospice.

HomeCare & Hospice is also seeking volunteers to help during the event. If you would like to find out more about volunteering or to pre-register for the October Fest, please call Nick O’Keefe at (800) 719-7129 or email him at nokeefe@homecare-hospice.org.

About HomeCare & Hospice

HomeCare & Hospice is a nonprofit organization serving a large population in Western New York, including many people in Wyoming County. Our focus is on providing patient care as a person enters the later stages to end stage of life, and on alleviating the stress this can cause their families. We do this through providing care within the home and keeping hospital stays to a minimum. We operate on two levels – Providing licensed homecare services as well as hospice services.

To reach HomeCare & Hospice's administrative office in Olean, call (716) 372-5735.

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 6:18 pm
posted by carriebarth in 5k, Run, Walk, Cystic Fibrosis, charity.
Event Date and Time: 
November 24, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner knowing that you've gotten a work out in and helped support Cystic Fibrosis charities! The 4th annual Cystic Fibrosis Turkey Trot will take place on Thanksgiving morning, at 9:00am, in Wyoming, NY. Join us for a 5K run/walk that is flat, fast, family-friendly, fun. Registration is $25/$30 race day and includes a long-sleeve shirt (first 350 registered), swag bag, and post race treats. There is also professional timing and lots of prizes for the competitive folks!
Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 4:44 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Wyoming County, hospice care, charity.

Press release:

The taps at the Chestnut Hill Country Club will be taken over by the Hamburg Brewing Company from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26th. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Crossroads House in Batavia. 

Crossroads House is a comfort care home located on Liberty Street in the City of Batavia. It is a home to provide care for those who have a terminal illness and is an alternative to a hospital or nursing home when care can no longer be provided in the patient’s home. Crossroads House serves residents in Genesee, Wyoming and surrounding counties at no cost. 

In addition to the various craft beers created by the Hamburg Brewing Company, there will be putting, long drive and closest-to-the-pin contests.

“We thought this was a great way to end our golf season and to thank our customers throughout the year for all of their support, plus we are partnering with a great brewery for a great cause,” said Michael Protos, owner of Chestnut Hill.

Among the craft beers that the Hamburg Brewing Company will serve on tap at the takeover event include:

  • IPA – The breweries' four IPA style varieties includes -- ahtanum, palisade, chinook and magnum. This British-American hybrid also plays host to four different types of malted barley creating a unique orange hue. Additional hops added throughout the brewing process contribute to the floral and piney aromas that mingle well with the distinct malty character.
  • Small Town -- British-American hybrid also plays host to four different types of malted barley creating a unique orange hue. Additional hops added throughout the brewing process contribute to the floral and piney aromas that mingle well with the distinct malty character.
  • Hoppenstance -- an American Double India Pale Ale featuring cascade, centennial, simcoe and magnum hops. Honey malt and North American pilsner malts round out this well-balanced brew to make it so approachable and full flavored.
  • Oktoberfest -- Nothing pairs better with the great fall season than a traditional German-style Marzen lager. With its roots stemming from traditional Bavarian culture, this Oktoberfest is brewed with tons of Vienna-style malts that bring about BIG malty flavor. That big malty flavor then fades away to a clean hop bitterness provided by the Perle hops for a full-flavored and balanced experience.

“The rolling hills of Genesee County and the Chestnut Hill Country Club is a perfect setting to enjoy these great beers,” said John Russo, Jr. the president of Hamburg Brewing Company. “We also are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Chestnut Hill and their efforts to support Crossroads House.”

For more information about Crossroads House please visit http://crossroadshouse.com/.

Chestnut Hill Country Club is an 18-hole championship golf course based in Darien Center. The Club is known for hosting a number of tournaments throughout the golf season because of its many amenities, including large covered patios overlooking the 9th and 18thholes and a dining capacity for up to 275 people. For more information please visit http://www.chestnuthillgolf.com/.

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Press release:

By raising the limit of the value of prizes awarded through raffles, not-for-profit groups could generate more financial support for worthy causes within their communities. 

Bill S.6790 would authorize organizations to increase their revenue through the added value. The legislation would increase the total threshold amount for not-for-profit organizations that are licensed to conduct split club raffles from $2 million to $3 million and the single prize amount from $100,000 to $300,000. 

"Local foundations, including those associated with the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres, often contribute proceeds from the sale of raffles to organizations such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Women and Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and others,” said Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma). “Thanks to large crowds at Bills and Sabres games, and technology that allows for automated ticket sales, these foundations are close to reaching the limit imposed by current law. Amending the law will result in greater proceeds for these worthwhile groups.”

Over the last two years, more than $700,000 was raised through the Buffalo Bills' raffle, which has aided United Way programs and services throughout Erie County. The Sabres Foundation, meanwhile, raised more than $4 million, of which more than $2 million has been allocated.

The bill passed the Senate and has been sent to the Assembly.

Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 12:51 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Homecare & Hospice, charity.

Press release:

The HomeCare & Hospice Foundation has launched its 2015 Annual Appeal to increase support and awareness for its hospice care services in Genesee and Wyoming counties.

“Thanks to generous donations we receive every year, we are able to provide compassionate and quality care to patients in a way that enables them to make the most of their final days with friends and family close by,” said Kathleen Neeson, HomeCare & Hospice development manager.

As the need for hospice services continues to grow throughout rural Western New York, community support becomes increasingly important to HomeCare & Hospice.

To make a donation to HomeCare & Hospice, visit www.HomeCare-Hospice.org/appeal or call Neeson at 1-800-719-7129.

Contributions made to the agency help provide patients with necessary medications and medical equipment, the expertise of physicians, skilled nurses and aides, and the emotional support of social workers and spiritual care professionals.

“We at HomeCare & Hospice often proudly voice our mission of ‘Today, make a difference,’” said Carol L. Mahoney, HomeCare & Hospice CEO. “We are able to make meaningful differences in many lives because of the wonderful generosity of our community members.”

Gifts to the HomeCare & Hospice Foundation are tax deductible.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 5:55 pm

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Have you ever wanted to try making wine directly from grapes; in a barrel; barefoot? The Warsaw Kiwanis is adding its first ever Charity Grape Stomp to the Wine in the Valley Wine Walk this year.

The charity event will follow the Wine Walk at 9 p.m., Sept. 19, at the Moose Lodge, Main Street, Warsaw. Six teams of six people compete for prizes for the most juice stomped, best costumes and crowd favorite. Team members race to stomp the most juice from a barrel of grapes in a fixed amount of time. 

Teams are encouraged to raise money for their charity by getting sponsors for their team. While the Grape Stomp is a free event, spectators are asked to make a donation to one of the charities. 

“We’ve got close to 1,000 people Downtown for the Wine Walk,” said past President of Warsaw Kiwanis Kevin Carlson. “Why not capitalize on the event by winding down the evening with some fun?”

The Kiwanis Club is currently looking for teams that would like to represent a charity. Each team would have one person to work the door, one to keep the barrel drain clear of grape skins, and four to stomp the grapes. Each team will stomp two barrels. 

“This is a charity event,” Carlson said. “You don’t have to go to the Wine Walk to go to the Grape Stomp. We just really want to have some fun with it.”

For team applications or more information about the Grape Stomp, visit warsawkiwanis.org/grape-stomp. Completed applications can be mailed to: Warsaw Kiwanis at 55 P.O. Box, Warsaw, N.Y. 14569.

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