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National Grid donates $12,500 towards hunger relief efforts throughout WNY

National Grid donates $12,500 towards hunger relief efforts throughout WNY

To help in the fight against hunger this Hunger Action Month, National Grid announced $12,500 in donations to ten food banks and hunger relief organizations throughout the eight counties of Western New York.

Recipient organizations included: Food Bank of Western New York, Friends of the Night People (Buffalo), Buffalo City Mission, St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy (Buffalo), Heart Love and Soul Food Pantry (Niagara Falls), North Tonawanda Inter-Church Food Pantry, Rural Ministries “Friendly Kitchen” (Dunkirk), Community Action (Salamanca), United Way of Orleans/Albion Christ Community Kitchen (Albion) and United Way of Genesee County.

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Time to Make Reservations for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Time to Make Reservations for Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

Jamestown, NY – An evening of campfire, crafts, treats -- and a luminary-lit trail with human-sized creatures who share stories about their lives. What could be more “enchanting”!

All those experiences await you and the special young people in your life at the Audubon Nature Center’s Enchanted Forest on Friday and Saturday evenings, October 7 and 8.

The adventure begins with stories and songs at a backyard campfire. Then participants are escorted around a luminary trail by volunteer “fireflies” that light the way with lanterns. Human-sized animals tell about their lives, sharing fascinating, fun and educational information through dramatic and entertaining stories.

Noted Scholars to Examine American Presidency at Daemen Forum

Noted Scholars to Examine American Presidency at Daemen Forum

As the U.S. prepares for the national election in November, the historical legacy of past presidents will be explored by renowned scholars at a forum on the American presidency scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 in Daemen College’s Wick Campus Center.

“The People’s Forum on the American Presidency” will feature experts who will discuss the presidential eras of Thomas Jefferson, Grover Cleveland, Warren Harding, and Woodrow Wilson, and their historical connection with today’s political landscape. The forum, which will include an exhibit of presidential memorabilia featuring a range of campaigns and presidencies, will also offer attendees the unique opportunity to engage in direct discussion with one of four noted historians during the break-out phase of the event.

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Suneel’s Light, a Western New York non-profit foundation with the mission of raising funds for research that will lead to a cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and to increase public awareness of the genetic disease, has announced that local philanthropist and nationally renowned restaurateur, Russell Salvatore will serve as the 2016 Honorary Chairman of Suneel’s Celebrity Gala, the Foundation’s annual “Dancing with the Stars” inspired fundraiser. Peter M. Vito, retired commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services and chairman and CEO of Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc., and his wife Elizabeth R. Donatello, Esq. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney were also named Event Chairs. Funds raised by Suneel’s Celebrity Gala in Buffalo help this local non-profit foundation support critical research for treatments in search of a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a lethal genetic childhood disease. 

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Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Suneel’s Light, a Western New York non-profit foundation with the mission of raising funds for research that will lead to a cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and to increase public awareness of the genetic disease, has announced that local philanthropist and nationally renowned restaurateur, Russell Salvatore will serve as the 2016 Honorary Chairman of Suneel’s Celebrity Gala, the Foundation’s annual “Dancing with the Stars” inspired fundraiser. Peter M. Vito, retired commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services and chairman and CEO of Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc., and his wife Elizabeth R. Donatello, Esq. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney were also named Event Chairs. Funds raised by Suneel’s Celebrity Gala in Buffalo help this local non-profit foundation support critical research for treatments in search of a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a lethal genetic childhood disease. 

Audubon Nature Center Supports Fall Regional Bird Count

Audubon Nature Center Supports Fall Regional Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center supports the Buffalo Ornithological Society’s (BOS) ambitious effort every fall to count birds in Western New York.

Whether watching on their own property or committing to a larger area, it takes many people -- beginning to advanced birders -- to cover the four-county territory that is counted. 

If you have experience in bird counting, you can be part of this important work by volunteering on Saturday October 8.  If you’re interested but inexperienced, you could observe others and learn for future counts.   

The BOS count has been held every second Saturday in October since 1939.  The date was chosen to coincide with the end of the fall migration. 

Environmental Summit to Focus on Solar-Powered Energy

Environmental Summit to Focus on Solar-Powered Energy

AMHERST, N.Y. – The benefits of solar power as a renewable energy and Canalside Buffalo’s unique solar-powered carousel project will be explored by industry experts at the 12th annual Western New York Environmental Summit scheduled for Sept. 24 at Daemen College.

The summit, “The Power is You: Sustainable Communities Are Here,” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the college’s Wick Campus Center. The environmental-focused event is free and open to the public, and breakfast will be provided to attendees.

“We are pleased to bring together professionals from the solar energy industry who will offer valuable perspective on this renewable energy source and how it is paving the way to a cleaner, more sustainable future,” said Cheryl Bird, executive director of the Daemen Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement.