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Catholic Charities drive short nearly $1 million with 4 weeks left

Catholic Charities of Buffalo's annual campaign had reached 91 percent of its $11 million goal as of Friday, and the Buffalo diocese is worried the fundraising campaign may come up short.

Typically at this time of the campaign, the appeal has reached 95 or 96 percent of its goal.

"Barring a significant increase in donations during this final month, the 2017 appeal is in very serious jeopardy of failing to reach its goal for the first time since 2009, and only the second time in its 93-year history," said Bishop Richard J. Malone.

The appeal had raised $10,008,978 in cash and pledges by Friday. Catholic Charities must raise nearly $991,000 by June 30 to hit the goal.

If the goal is not met, services like counseling, food pantries and emergency assistance could be reduced, said Sister Mary McCarrick, diocesan director.

Last year Catholic Charities served more than 152,000 Western New Yorkers.

To make a donation, contact Catholic Charities at 218-1400 or go to

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