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August 1, 2015 - 8:35pm


Mike Gringer, of Spencerport, hits his tee shot on hole #1 at Terry Hills this afternoon during the Ricky Palermo's Spinal Injury Research Golf & Dinner Extravaganza.


Ricky Palermo


Gavin Prout, Richard Furlong and Gee Nash with Palermo.

May 15, 2014 - 12:15pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in fundraisers, dance, Suzanne's School of Dance.

On New Year's Day, 26 lucky young ladies will ring in the new year in the Outback -- that is, in the stadium at the Outback Bowl half-time show in Tampa, Florida.

All 26 girls, ages 8 to 18, are students at Suzanne's School of Dance at 33 Center St. in Batavia. Most are from Genesee County, though there are a couple from Monroe County as well.

Sponsored by Outback Steakhouse and always held on January 1, the Outback Bowl is an annual, nationally broadcast college football game featuring teams from the Southeastern and Big Ten Conferences. The 26 dancers from Suzanne's will be representing Genesee County and Western New York in a performance featuring around 500 youth from all over the United States.

If this is an exciting opportunity, it is also going to be a test of skill and focus. The girls will spend a week in Tampa leading up to the big game, and their schedule will be packed with daily rehearsals to coordinate their choreography with the other 500 dancers.

Each participant faces a cost of about $1,300 for room and board, so the group is asking individuals and businesses in Genesee County to help offset the expense. Various fundraisers will take place over the next several months, and private donations are welcome as well.

According to Jennifer Vislay, the mother of one of the participants, the girls were selected as a result of an audition video that they wanted to do as a group rather than individually.

"They do everything as a team," Vislay said. "The older girls help the younger's just a very team-oriented project."

The first fundraiser will be a chicken barbeque this Sunday. It it set to start at 11 a.m. in the parking lot across the street from the studio, and will continue until sold out. A bake sale, basket raffle and 50/50 raffle will be included.

For more information, call Vislay at 737-5314.

The 26 dancers are, in alphabetical order by first name, Alexis Vasciannie, Allison Kropf, Alynn Franclemont, Amber Fitzsimmons, Ashley Johnson, Ashlyn Puccio, Aubrey Puccio, Cianna Kusmierski, Elizabeth Barcomb, Ella Bridges, Emilee Schroeder, Emily Thompson, Emily Verdaasdonk, Emma Richardson, Gyna Gibson, Haley Sweet, Kali Markek, Katie Raziano, Kendall Senko, Lily Senko, Maddie Phillips, Megan Currier, Micheala Misiti, Mikey Lullo, Mollie Heale, Rylei Odessa and Sarah Whitehead.

Photo taken by Jennifer Vislay

September 8, 2013 - 8:30am
posted by Norm Itjen in fundraisers.
Event Date and Time: 
September 14, 2013 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
We are one week away from the Niagara County Deputy Sheriff's Association autograph signing with former Bills Greats Fred Smerlas and Joe Cribbs. The autograph signing is on September 14th from 2-3pm at our office located at 20 Market Street Lockport NY. Tickets are $10.00 per player, per autograph.
We also will have mini helmets, footballs and photos for sale.
All proceeds go to the NCDSA Scholarship Fund.
August 14, 2012 - 1:59pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in fundraisers, chicken BBQ, Boy Scouts.

Boy Scout Troop 6069 will hold its first chicken BBQ from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. (Cub Scout Pack 6069 has held a couple in the recent past, but this is a first for the whole troop).

The money raised will help pay for future scout outings as well as new camping equipment. Event organizer and Boy Scout dad Steve Ognibene said that depending on how successful the chicken BBQ is, they may make it an annual thing.

Dinners are take-out only and include half a chicken, salt potatoes, green beans, a dinner roll and butter. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased at the event -- which is at Clor's Meat Market, at 4169 W. Main St. Road in Batavia -- or in advance. Call Ognibene at 409-8358 or Lorelei Roll at 300-9500 for pre-sale tickets.

Free delivery is available to local senior living communities.

Photo taken by Steve Ognibene. Pictured are Jon Slezak, Ethan Gaylord, Andrew Freeman, Jon Totten and Thomas Ognibene. (There are 14 boys in the troop, but only these five were able to make it for the picture.)

April 9, 2011 - 1:06pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in fundraisers, girl scouts, brooklyn sputore.

Daisy Girl Scouts Alyssa Ognibene, Lidia Pehrson, Brooklynn Pariso, Arianna Armstrong and Kelsey Verton (front, left to right) were on Thomas Avenue in the city today along with troupe co-leader Tara Pariso (back).

They were collecting cans to raise money for Brooklyn Sputore, a baby girl who suffers from a life-threatening condition called Vein of Galen Brain Malformation. Click on the following link for previous coverage:

Tara attends Northgate Free Methodist Church along with the Sputore family. She wanted to do something to help Brooklyn while at the same time giving the Daisies a community service project.

As of noon today, the girls had been to 25 houses in Batavia and collected more than 2,000 cans and bottles. They will present their proceeds to the family tomorrow at a fundraiser for Brooklyn, which will take place at St. Joseph's School, 2 Summit St. in Batavia and include a spaghetti dinner, Chinese auction and other raffles.

Pre-sale tickets to tomorrow's fundraiser can be purchased from Paul Sputore, 781-8138, or at the door. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. But you might want to hurry, because there are less than 50 tickets left.

For more information on Brooklyn and the fundraiser, please visit the family's Facebook page via the following link:!/pages/Brooklyn-Grace-Sputore/122679241137680?sk=wall

March 30, 2011 - 4:06pm

Students at Le Roy's Wolcott St. School spent the last two weeks raising money for those less fortunate. They did this as part of the Pennies for Peace campaign, a program of the Central Asia Institute.

It is designed to raise funds for community-based education and literacy programs -- esepcially for girls -- in remote, Central Asian mountain communities.

The grand total raised by Wolcott St. School -- calculated with the help of the Bank of Castile -- was $1,600. Here is a grade-by-grade count:

Pre K -- $52
K -- $149
Grade 1 -- $183
Grade 2 -- $210
Grade 3 -- $157
Grade 4 -- $325
Grade 5 -- $275
Grade 6 -- $241


Kids collected and brought in pennies over a two-week period. Pictured above are the graphed results as of Friday morning (each jar represents $10 in pennies).

What is particularly impressive about this is that the students were not rewarded for the number of pennies they brought in. From the very beginning, there was an understanding that the class that collected the most pennies would not get a pizza party or anything like that.

"What we're looking to do is help the students become intrinsically motivated," said Principal Casey Kosiorek.

He said the overall goal as it pertained to the kids was to help them grow into good citizens who will want to do the right thing without being rewarded.

"I never expected it to have such an impact," said Carol Messura, assistant principal and chair of the project. She said that the students were "extremely enthusiastic" about the whole deal.

"If you were here earlier this morning, you could hear little hoots and hollers with the sound of change being poured into the buckets (pictured at the top)."

Kosiorek said that the money will go toward supplies, teachers' salaries and the building of schools in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"They have pretty much nothing," he commented.

November 26, 2010 - 11:47am

Scholastic Book Fair

(sponored by St. Paul Lutheran School)

Wednesday, December 1 - Thursday, December 2

9 a.m.- 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday, December 3

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday, December 5

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Special Events

Story Time with Curious George or Clifford

Wednesday - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday - 10:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Coffee, Tea and Donuts for Grandparents - A "Grand" Event

Friday - 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Crafts for Kids

Anytime during the Book Fair


June 10, 2010 - 9:58am
posted by Pamela LaGrou in events, fundraisers, GCASA, chicken BBQ, community events.
Event Date and Time: 
June 30, 2010 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm

Chicken BBQ to benefit GCASA Women's Program is being held on Wednesday, June 30th from 4-6pm or until sold out.  Stop by 430 East Main Street for a Clor's Chick BBQ including baked beans, salt potatoes, roll and butter for $8.00.  Curbside delivery available- simply pull up and order your dinners.   Pre-sale tickets available, call Norma at 343-1124.

May 3, 2010 - 7:22pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, events, fundraisers, CASA for Children.
Event Date and Time: 
May 12, 2010 -
11:00am to 11:00pm

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children will hold a fundraiser at Applebee's, at 8322 Lewiston Rd. in Batavia, from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12.

Ten percent of each check written for meals will go to CASA for Children, which is dedicated to helping children who are in the family court system due to having suffered physical and/or sexual abuse.

March 8, 2010 - 10:55am
Event Date and Time: 
March 20, 2010 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

The Penny Carnival is one of the biggest fundraisers at St. Joseph's School on 2 Summit St. It is open to the public and will be held at the school from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 20.

January 11, 2010 - 10:26pm
Event Date and Time: 
January 11, 2010 - 10:10pm to February 6, 2010 - 10:10pm

Annual Spagetti Dinnner & Auction

St. Paul Lutheran Church & School

31 Washington Ave., Batavia, N.Y.

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010

Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  /  Tickets $5.00

Homemade desserts available

Auction 7:00 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit St. Paul Lutheran School

For more information call 585-343-0488




April 24, 2008 - 8:36am
posted by Howard B. Owens in memorial medical center, fundraisers, charity.

Via the Buffalo News:

The third annual Spring Gala, a major fundraiser for United Memorial Medical Center, will be held starting at 6:30 p. m. Saturday in the Hampton Inn’s Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center on Commerce Drive.

This is a black-tie event sponsored by the United Memorial Foundation, St. Jerome Foundation, the Jerome League and the UMMC League.

The Buffalo News item includes no information on cost or if tickets can still be purchased or where (we presume there are tickets that cost money -- they expect to raise $50,000).



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