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Area organizations raise funds for storm relief

More than $1 million will be donated to the American Red Cross by Ashley Furniture Home Stores Amherst and Ashley Furniture Industries to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Furthermore, local Ashley Stores have donated $15,000 to the cause, according to Stephen M. Kane, president of the stores in Amherst, Olean and Horseheads.

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A $1,000 donation to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina was presented Monday to the Western New York Food Bank by the Western New York Chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association.

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Students at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs have donated $2,561 to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Students contributed in collections taken Sept. 9 and 12.

"Child to Child: a Catholic Campaign to Aid Eduction" will receive $700, while Catholic Charities USA will receive the rest.

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Immaculata Academy in Hamburg is staging a "Homeless Hangout" overnight Friday to raise awareness about homelessness and money for Hurricane Katrina relief.

The school's Franciscan Club, under the direction of Deacon Robb Ciezki, will spend the night in boxes.

Donations are sought to help with the relief effort.

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Father Baker Council 2243, Knights of Columbus, is dedicating the proceeds from one segment of its Wednesday afternoon bingo game throughout the month of September to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina. Last week, the game -- the Red, White and Blue Special Game -- raised $256. Nationwide, the Knights of Columbus has pledged at least $2.5 million for hurricane relief.

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Kaz Brothers, a West Seneca remodeling business, announced that $2,025 has been raised in the Katrina relief effort through employee donations and a company match. The money will go to the American Red Cross, according to Rick Kazmierczak, company president.

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Garfield's Restaurant & Pub at the McKinley Mall in Hamburg has announced it will donate 10 percent of all of today's sales to the Red Cross to aid hurricane victims.

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The National Restaurant Association has announced that the restaurant industry will participate Oct. 5 in "Dine for America," to raise money to be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

A list of local restaurants participating can be found at

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Summit Park Mall in Wheatfield and the Outlets at Niagara in the Town of Niagara are collecting nonperishable food items, toiletries and water to help hurricane relief workers and their families. Cash will also be collected at each of the mall customer service centers, with checks payable to the Salvation Army of Niagara Falls. Donations will be accepted through Monday.

Craig Schultz, a member of the New York State Corrections Officers and Police Benevolent Association, plans to transport the donations to a designated warehouse in Biloxi, Miss. The state Department of Corrections donated the vans to deliver the goods.

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