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Interagency Council sponsors basket raffle

By Steve Ognibene

Wednesday at T.F. Brown's, Batavia, was the Genesee County Interagency Council sponsored a "Cabin Fever Reliever" Basket Raffle.  

"Our goal is to raise funds to support local college scholarships for students entering the fields of: sociology, psychology, social work or human services," said Heather Bell, a social worker with Catholic Charities.  

Applications have gone out to local high schools and are due back by June 1. Contact Lisa Whittmeyer, Scholarship Chair at Community Action 343-7798.  

More than 50 baskets were offered and there was a 50/50 drawing and grand prize -- overnight package with dinner for 2 at Russell's and Salvatore's in Buffalo.

The mission of the Genessee County Interagency Council is to create fellowship and understanding among community human services agencies. The council helps to identify community issues and encourages development of resolutions.

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Pictured above from left is: Heather Bell, social worker with Catholic Charities; Karen Hall, coordinator of Financial Management of Lifespan of Greather Rochester; Stephanie Urena, outreach specialist of United Health Care. Pam Case, PathStone family self-sufficiency manager, and Michele Lawson, support coordinator of Care-A-Van Ministries.

Jeff Musial of Nickel City Reptiles Tonight and Support Elba Cub Scouts and CareAVan Ministries

By Leela Chadbourne

Come out and enjoy the very popular Jeff Musial of Nickel City Reptiles tonight at the Elba Fireman's Rec Hall on Rte 98 in Elba.  Jeff is hilarious and the animals are always entertaining.  He is a very frequent guest of Jimmy Fallon and you can come and watch his hour long show and go to bed long before Late Night is on just by bringing toiletries or non perishable food items to help support Elba Cub Scout Pack 6017's Scouting for Food Drive.  All items will be picked up tonight by the Care A Van Ministries bus at the end of the show.  Refreshments will be served.&nb

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Photos: Scattered and Gathered Day

By Robin Walters

On Sunday morning, the Emmanuel Baptist Church held their Scattered and Gathered day. Instead of having their morning church service, they scattered throughout the city and lent a hand to agencies and indiviiduals.

The agenices they lent a helping hand to were Community Action, All Babies Cherished, Cross Roads and Care-A-Van Ministries. One of the teams of volunteers offered to wash Care-A-Van Vehicles. They did an awesome job!


Genesee County Kidney Walk

By Destin Danser

 The National Kidney Foundation Serving Western New York held its annual Genesee County Kidney walk today at Genesee County Park. 

Participants walked 1.5 miles around the park to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation, then came back to a shelter where there was plenty of food and drink available. Care-a-Van ministry was also on hand with plenty of drinks and prayer for those in need. 

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Walk Chair, Batavia Police Detective Richard Schauf, has a special connection to the cause. In 2007, his daughter Rachel was a senior at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Out of nowhere, she began not feeling well. She was diagnosed with Wagner's Vasculitis, which clogs the filtration system of the kidneys, along with causing other health problems. Because of Rachel's young age, many of her test results came back negative. But suddenly her kidneys began to rapidly deteriorate. She was in stage 5 kidney disease before she was diagnosed. Rachel then had to go on dialysis. 

"One day you don't have a problem, the next day your on dialysis," Schauf said. "She was just cruising through life when this disease decided to get ahold of her. My message is that this can happen to anyone."

Rachel was lucky enough to get most of her kidney function back and was able to get off of dialysis. Today Rachel is in remission and has made a positive out of her experience with kidney disease. 

"No one knows what an ordeal this is unless you have been through it," noted Schauf. "Knowing how this disease devastates families made me want to help others."

The Genesee County Kidney Walk raises funds to make a difference in the lives of people like Rachel, the 170,000 Western New Yorkers with kidney disease, and the 1,600 individuals in our community who are on dialysis.

The NKF is a major health organization seeking to prevent kidney and urological diseases, improve health and well being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of organs for transplant. For more information visit

Pictured here are the 10 members of the Committee for the NKF Genesee County Walk. They are: Jim and Sue Rosenbeck, Rich and Debbie Schauf, Carrie DiFrancesco, Tracy Stokes, Kathy Frank, Maria Batt, Louis and Rustie Reeb.

For those interested, next year's walk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2.

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