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Buffalo Urban League to hold open meeting tonight

The public is invited to attend the Buffalo Urban League's annual meeting and volunteer recognition event at 6 p.m. today in the Westminster Community Charter School.

Urban League President Brenda McDuffie will present the organization's new strategic initiatives, which include launching a new branding campaign as well as working to improve the 14215 zip code.

"Right now what we're focusing on is the 14215 area, creating a program where we're going to work with children and families to get them into school and get them into college," said Karen Christie, Vice President of Resource and Organization Development for the Buffalo Urban League.

 "We will also rehabilitate homes and a put a lot more effort into creating livable neighborhoods so a lot of people from the immediate community will be there and we'll ask them to become more involved."

Dawn Berry-Walker and Gerald Marchand will be recognized for their volunteer work. Berry-Walker has redecorated various Buffalo Urban League's facilities and runs the auction for the organization's annual gala. Marchand, a retired human resources employee, volunteers two full days a week to assisting the organization with HR tasks. 

New board members will be elected at tonight's event, which will also present the Buffalo Urban League's financial report for approval.

Westminster students will provide entertainment.

Anyone planning to attend must register with Nikkei Goodwin at (716) 250-2414 or by emailing For more information on the Buffalo Urban League visit

The charter school is located at 24 Westminster St. in the Kensington-Bailey neighborhood.

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--Lauren Nicole Mariacher

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