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11th annual Sweet Charity to benefit Food Bank of WNY

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Mon, Jan 16th 2017 02:40 pm

Set for Feb. 2

Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy food and drink selections from more than 40 Western New York establishments during the 11th annual Sweet Charity to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York. Presented by James Desiderio Wholesale Produce, Sweet Charity will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church St., Buffalo. Tickets for Sweet Charity are $75 each and are available at www.foodbankwny.org.

In addition to sampling a variety of savory food items and delicious desserts, Sweet Charity will offer coffee, wine and liquor tastings, as well as a new beer garden featuring samples from local breweries. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase $20 chocolate bars that come with a gift valued at $20 or more, as well as participate in silent and live auctions, a ring toss to win bottles of wine, and a raffle to win a "Sur-Prize Gift Box" worth in excess of $1,000. Tickets for a chance to win the "Sur-Prize" are $50 each and are available on the Food Bank's website.

All proceeds from Sweet Charity will assist the Food Bank as it continues to provide nutritious food and support to as many as 129,000 individuals in any given month throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties.

"Through the Food Bank of WNY, James Desiderio Wholesale Produce is able to give back to many people in need. Along with the support of our business partners, we will continue to make a difference in eliminating hunger," said Robert Mercurio, president and CEO of James Desiderio Wholesale Produce.

The 11th annual Sweet Charity is being co-chaired by Tom Berical, CPA, a director in the audit and accounting department at Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C.; and Glenn Butler, vice president of Personal Touch Food Service Inc. Berical and Butler are both members of the Food Bank of WNY's board of directors, with Berical additionally serving as past chair of the board's executive committee.

"We are honored to have Tom and Glenn co-chair our fantastic Sweet Charity event. Their passion for helping our hungry community members is genuine and inspiring. We are grateful for their continued support of the Food Bank as we work to fight hunger one day at a time," said Marylou Borowiak, president and CEO of the Food Bank of WNY.

The Food Bank of WNY is the primary hunger-relief organization in Western New York, obtaining and distributing food to 329 member agencies, including food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, youth programs and senior centers. Through these agencies, the Food Bank of WNY serves as many as 129,322 individuals in any given month, including more than 44,000 families, 45,000 children and nearly 17,000 seniors. For more information, visit www.foodbankwny.org.

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