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>Kidney Walk field tops 500, raises more than $41,000

More than 500 walkers sought to raise both money and awareness Sunday for the National Kidney Foundation of Western New York during Buffalo's annual Kidney Walk.

The 5-kilometer walk, which started and ended at Dunn Tire Park -- with the route taking walkers to Erie Basin Marina and back -- raised more than $41,000. The foundation plans to use the money for education, medical symposiums, kidney screenings through KEEP -- Kidney Early Evaluation Program -- and monetary support for kidney patients in need, walk chairman Joe Welter said.

"When your kidneys stop functioning, the toxins that would otherwise be filtered out, they stay in your body," Welter said. "We want to let people know . . . that this really is a life-threatening disease."

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>Brighton Fire Company schedules Field Days

Brighton Fire Company's annual Field Days are scheduled for June 21-23 on its Jamaica Road grounds.

Rides, games, refreshments and numerous special events are planned. A parade will be held at 7 p.m. June 22.

For information, call 837-3933 or 837-6255.

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>Buffalo Old Home Week has information online

Tours, socials and other events that are part of Buffalo Old Home Week -- from July 1 to July 8 -- are now posted online at www.buffoldhome.com.

This year's events will spotlight Buffalo's rich history over the past 100 years and ways to help the city prosper for the next century. Registration is free but required. Participants can register online or in person at the Visitors Center inside the Market Arcade, 617 Main St. For more information, call 903-7155.

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>Alexa Foundation receives state grant at fundraiser

The It Happened to Alexa Foundation received a $5,000 state grant last week at its annual fundraiser.

The Lewiston-based organization pays the travel expenses of rape victims and families who must travel to attend the trial of the attacker. It was founded in 2003 by Tom and Stacey Branchini, whose daughter Alexa was raped in her dorm by a stranger during her freshman year at Boston University.

The grant was secured by Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte, D-Lewiston.

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>Visitor welcome center to open in The Summit

WHEATFIELD -- A visitor welcome center that will feature a 50-seat theater and a reading room will open in The Summit mall this month.

Spirit of Niagara Tours will locate the site in an 8,400-square-foot store near the mall's food court.

Jim Anthony, owner of the Summit and Spirit of Niagara, will hold a grand opening at the welcome center at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

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