Noted restaurateur and philanthropist Russell J. Salvatore purchased a delivery van for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo that will service all eight counties of Western New York.
A press release noted, “The ProMaster 2500 High Roof is a working van, which will allow employees to stand up in the van – thereby less back injuries with bending and lifting heavy boxes of supplies like church candles.”
Salvatore handed over the keys to the Most Rev. Michael W. Fisher at a ceremony on Tuesday morning. The bishop blessed the van.
The press release added, “Safe and reliable transportation is so important to the Catholic Diocese, as needs are growing on a daily basis. This donation will help central operations support parishes near and far, as well as Catholic affiliate organizations and other denominations with necessary goods.”
Nancy Gugino, executive director of The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, said, “We very much appreciate Mr. Salvatore's gift to us as we continue to advance our mission. We simply could not do this without his wonderful support.”
Bishop Michael W. Fisher blesses the van with holy water. Also attending the Aug. 8 celebration were Rick Suchan, COO of the Diocese of Buffalo; Melissa Potzler, vice chancellor; Nancy Gugino, director of The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, which spearheaded the gift; Ellen Musialowski, chief financial officer for the diocese; and the Rev. Peter Karalus, vicar general for the diocese. (Photo by Nikki Dzimira, Diocese of Buffalo)