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Freezin’ For A Reason! Special Olympics New York Gears up for the 2010 Polar Plunge

Freezin’ For A Reason!   Special Olympics New York Gears up for the 2010 Polar Plunge

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Trocaire Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series to Address Alzheimer's

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Trocaire College Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series will feature guest lecturer, Dr. Richard Linn, Dean of Planning, Assessment & Research at Trocaire.  Dr. Linn’s presentation will address “Alzheimer’s Disease: When Does it Begin and Can it Be Prevented?”  Joining Dr. Linn will be Leilani Pelletier, Executive Director of the WNY Alzheimer’s Association.  

The lecture takes place Thursday, October 28, 6:30 p.m., at Trocaire College Main Campus, 360 Choate Avenue (behind Mercy Hospital).

Table Tennis Tournament Raises Funds for Turkeys, But Need Still Not Met

BUFFALO, N.Y. – With Catholic Charities of Buffalo in need of  turkeys for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the Broadway Market held the first-ever “Broadway Battle” Table Tennis Tournament Oct. 16, where players competed to win the title of tournament champion – all in the name of a good cause.

Winners of the tournament were Ray Nagel, first place; Cliff Falk, second place; Tom Handley, third place; and Scott Gaddi, fourth place. Richard Roman, an official USA Table Tennis referee, donated his time to oversee the tournament and Former Miss Buffalo Nina Perino sang the National Anthem.

Entry fees totaling $210 were donated to Catholic Charities to provide turkeys to families in need this Thanksgiving. But even with this contribution, food will still be in short supply according to Eileen Nowak, Catholic Charities’ director of Parish Outreach and Advocacy.

Walsh Insurance Group Donates $50,000 to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

On Saturday, October 23rd, over 100 employees from the Walsh Insurance Group donated their time to plant 150 trees and dozens of flower bulbs along the ring road in Delaware Park.  These new trees and their maintenance will be paid for by a generous donation of $50,000 from the Walsh Insurance Group and their subsidiaries.

Spirit of Children Program Brings Halloween Party to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

A patient at Women & Children's Hospital and Deb King, Child Life Specialist, enjoy the Spirit of Children Halloween party together.

Spirit Halloween Volunteers put on their costumes and brought Halloween cheer to the patients and families of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo this past Tuesday, October 19. Pumpkin painting, costume parades, Halloween games and crafts offer a temporary escape for the young patients.

The Spirit of Children program was launched in 2006 and is dedicated to bringing fun and funding to Hospital Child Life Departments during the Halloween season and all year long. Volunteer Spirit Halloween employees bring Halloween celebrations to the hospitals so kids can enjoy the holiday. Since its inception, Spirit of Children has raised more than $14,000 for the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo to date.

Experience Holiday Magic at the Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees presents a magical wonderland for all of Western New York to enjoy with decorated trees, wreaths, swags and mantle pieces on display and a Boutique filled with holiday home décor and gifts at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo 14202 from November 19- December 3. 

Sponsored by CGF Anesthesiology, Mark IV Industries Foundation and TOPS Friendly Markets, the Festival of Trees is Western New York’s premier holiday event, featuring decorated trees, wreaths, swags and mantle pieces on display and a Boutique filled with holiday home décor and gifts.

Fairgrounds Festival of Lights opens Friday at 5:30pm

The 6th annual Fairgrounds Festival of Light will feature over one million lights in a drive through that spans nearly 2 miles with the addition of eleven large displays.   The Festival will run 29 days starting November 26 – January 1, gates open 5:30 – 9:30pm and grounds open until 10:00pm. (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Admission to the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights is just $18 per carload. 

New to the Festival of Lights this year will be a new Kids Game Show called “Everyone’s A Winner” hosted by Rob and Carol Allen, a  newly redesigned Sing-a-Long Winterific indoor animated light show, and a new North Pole Village featuring old time window displays reminisce cent of the nostalgic downtown shopping days  .  Returning with a new nightly show is The World’s Largest Elf, Kandy Kane, reindeer carriage rides on weekends, Santa’s Magical Midway featuring indoor kiddie rides, Santa and much more.