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>Charities to receive $35,000 from area McDonald's effort

Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY has received a check for $35,000 from a recent fundraising event sponsored by the McDonald's owners and operators of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania.

The 64 participating McDonald's restaurants sold red hearts as part of the "Help with All Your Heart" campaign. Top fundraisers were McDonald's restaurants on State Street in Olean, Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga and in Arcade. Proceeds benefit 600 families of sick and injured children who stay in the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House annually.

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>Tobacco Free Coalition launches campaign on ads

Erie-Niagara Tobacco Free Coalition will launch a campaign to educate New Yorkers about the effect that in-store tobacco advertising displays have on young people.

The coalition's campaign, "What's In Store for Our Kids," reflects research that shows young people are two times more likely to be influenced by in-store tobacco advertising displays than are adults.

In 2006, the tobacco industry spent about $1.1 million a day to market its products in New York state, according to the coalition.

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>Prayer service planned for people with HIV, AIDS

Several local religious and civic groups will hold a Good Friday prayer service for people in the community who have been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.

Participating organizations include the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS of Buffalo, AIDS Family Services, Buffalo Urban League, Miracle Missions Full Gospel Church and True Bethel Baptist Church.

Miracle Missions will conduct the prayer service following a service to commemorate the seven last sayings of Jesus from noon to 3 p.m. April 2. The Rev. Darius Pridgen, pastor of True Bethel, has offered his church at 907 E. Ferry St. as the venue for the service.

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>Fundraiser set for victim of stabbing outside bar

A fundraiser to help pay medical bills and living expenses for a Buffalo woman attacked outside a downtown Buffalo nightclub is set for mid-April.

Lindsay C. Harmon, 29, who was stabbed in the right eye, face and left arm early Jan. 1 outside Roxy's, a downtown gay bar, continues to recuperate from the injuries and is staying with family members in West Seneca.

Friends and family of Harmon are sponsoring the fundraiser at 7 p.m. April 16 in the Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. Admission is $20 per person. The evening will include a door prize raffle, food and music.

For those who want to support the event by donating gift certificates, gift baskets or cash, call Mike Harmon at 912-1503.

At this point, Lindsay Harmon's medical expenses have exceeded her health insurance benefits, and she remains out of work, family members said.

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