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Catholic Charities’ annual appeal reaches 68 percent of $10.9 million goal

Catholic Charities has raised $7.43 million toward this year’s goal of $10.9 million, Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo announced Tuesday morning.

The $7.43 million, which represents a little more than 68 percent of the goal, reflects money collected and reported by parish volunteers during last weekend’s opening of Appeal Week, which runs through Palm Sunday. The total reported is more than $500,000 short of where Catholic Charities officials and Appeal leadership hoped to be, however.

“We have some work to do this coming weekend in order to catch up and get back in the game,” the bishop said in a statement. “Rest assured we will employ a full-court press in order to erase the current deficit and ultimately ensure a successful outcome at the final buzzer in this year’s campaign.”

After Appeal Week, volunteers will continue their efforts to achieve the campaign’s final goal by June 30 - the end of Catholic Charities’ fiscal year.

Funds raised support 70 programs and services offered at 61 sites throughout the eight counties of Western New York, as well as the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith, which supports related ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo.