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Catholic Charities surpasses goal, raises over $11 million

The 2016 Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal surpassed its goal of $11 million, the organization said Thursday evening.

The Rev. Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, announced the news on stage at Kleinhan’s Music Hall, right before the Forte Tenors concert. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the concert will go toward supporting the organization. Just over $11.10 million was raised during the Appeal.

Thursday marked the end of the campaign.

Joined on stage by Catholic Charities’ Diocesan Director Sister Mary McCarrick, CEO Dennis C. Walczyk and 2016 Appeal Chairs Nick and Nicole Tzetzo, Malone thanked donors for helping the organization surpass its goal.

“Your efforts,” he said, “your grace in giving during this Holy Year of Mercy, will allow us to continue to serve our neighbors in need throughout the Diocese of Buffalo with great love and compassion.”

Money raised from the campaign will go toward Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services, which are offered across 61 sites in the eight-county diocese.

“Individuals turn to Catholic Charities for hope and empowerment, making the demand for its programs even more vital to the community,” said Nicole Tzetzo. “This dollar amount allows those essential services to be sustained and added to as we continue to meet the changing needs of Western New York.”

The theme of the 2016 Appeal was “find good within,” and the patron was St. Nicholas.