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Catholic Charities sets $11 million goal for 2017 appeal

Catholic Charities of Buffalo is staying consistent with the goal for its annual fundraising appeal.

The organization, which provides assistance to those in need through a variety of programs, on Wednesday set the mark for the 2017 drive at $11 million, the same goal of last year's campaign.

A spokesman for the organization said the goal was set conservatively because of the ongoing capital campaign in the Buffalo diocese known as Upon This Rock.

Catholic Charities surpassed its goal last year, taking in a little more than $11.1 million, the organization previously announced. The organization exceeded its fundraising goal last year for the sixth straight year.

Catholic Charities assisted more than 152,000 people last year through 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites in Western New York's eight counties, officials said in a news release. It offers counseling, emergency services, job training, education and specialized services for the elderly among other programs.

The theme of this year's drive is "Finite Time. Infinite Good."

Gerard and Barbara Mazurkiewicz will serve as the campaign chairs. The patron saint of the appeal is St. Marianne Cope, who grew up in Utica and spent 35 years helping to treat the sick on the Hawaiian island of Molokai.

Catholic Charities recently expanded its workforce and education program at the organization's former headquarters at 525 Washington St. in downtown Buffalo, where Wednesday's announcement was made. Its administrative officers moved to 741 Delaware Ave. in 2009.

Officials also touted the program's expansion in Niagara County, as well as the growth of its Tomorrow's Youth Today Program into Niagara County.

The drive is highlighted by "Appeal Week," which ends April 9 on Palm Sunday. Fundraisers will work to reach the goal until the end of the organization's fiscal year June 30. This is Catholic Charities' 93rd annual appeal.

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