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'HOPE Day 2023' nets $507,456 for annual Appeal


Thu, May 18th 2023 08:50 pm

Appeal 2023 now at 80.4% of $9.5 million goal; runs through June 30

Submitted on behalf of Catholic Charities 

“HOPE Day,” the annual 24-hour match challenge day of giving to benefit Appeal, brought in a record total of $507,456 toward this year’s $9.5 million goal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the “Fund for the Faith.” This total included $111,000 in matching funds from EnergyMark LLC and Thomann Asphalt Paving.

Appeal 2023 has currently raised $ 7,639,656, or 80.4% of its $9.5 million goal.

“We are so blessed and very grateful today! Your support brings ‘HOPE’ every day to our neighbors in need; thank you to everyone who generously contributed on ‘HOPE Day,’ ” said Deacon Steve Schumer, president and CEO, Catholic Charities. “From basic emergency assistance to mental health counseling, workforce training, youth and family support services and more, the annual Appeal helps ensure these crucial programs and services continue to provide help and hope to people of all faiths all year round. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to consider supporting Appeal 2023 in the final weeks of the campaign.”

In its sixth year, “HOPE Day” donations surpassed all other years thus far, with the first year of 2018 coming the closest at $402,337.

The annual Appeal helps fund 57 programs and services administered by Catholic Charities across dozens of locations and many diocesan ministries through the “Fund for the Faith.” Programs and services provided by Catholic Charities supported more than 134,000 individuals, families and children across all faiths and throughout all eight counties of Western New York last year.

Donations to Appeal 2023 can continue to be made at ccwny.org/donate through June 30.

About Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities has helped individuals and families in need since its founding in 1923. That need is varied and widespread – from emergency assistance to mental health counseling and treatment, and from specialized services for older adults to help with job training and education. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assesses clients for other needs to ensure long-term success.

An excellent steward of the contributions it receives, Catholic Charities earns high ratings from Charity Navigator for transparency and sound fiscal management and is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity. Catholic Charities also receives highest ratings from the Council on Accreditation for quality service. For more information, visit ccwny.org.

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