Weekly Feature

2010-12-01 / Editorial

Give, and then see your dollars used locally

Before Brian C. Dugan, a Kenmore West English teacher, was killed in an accident in September, he likely envisioned that his two sons would some day receive an education that would help put them on a path to success in their adult lives.

Since he passed away, The Brian C. Dugan Children’s Education Fund has been established for his children, to ensure that the two boys will have the financial means to go to college.

The Buffalo Niagara Travel Professionals, as its holiday fundraiser, has decided to host an event to benefit this fund. A spokesperson for Buffalo Niagara Travel Professionals noted that Anne Dugan, Brian’s wife, is a longtime member of the BNTP group and that hosting the event in her husband’s memory was both a no-brainer and an honor.

The fundraiser is set for Thursday, Dec. 9, and will begin with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner and auction at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6615 Transit Road in Lancaster.

The cost to attend is $24 for BNTP members and $29 for guests. Those planning to attend need to RSVP by Thursday, Dec. 2, by e-mailing Marydel Gaiser at dell25@roadrunner.com.

For those unable to attend the event, monetary donations can be sent to: Brian C. Dugan Children’s Education Fund, P.O. Box 2, Buffalo, NY 14223.

In addition to the event helping out two area youths, those interested also can help fund Ken-Ton’s emergency services by attending the Stick It to Cancer blood drive.

On Dec. 3, 2004, Lisa Johnson, a 20-year Town of Tonawanda resident, underwent successful surgery in her battle against cancer. To celebrate six years of being cancer-free, she’s throwing herself a party, but the community will be the benefactor.

The second annual Stick it to Cancer Blood Drive and Basket Raffle will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at VFW Post 7275, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster.

Proceeds will be donated to the Town of Tonawanda Paramedics and the American Cancer Society through the 2011 Lancaster Relay for Life. The American Red Cross also will be available with its mobile unit to collect blood donations.

We hope that when you decide to give money this holiday season, that you will hand some over to these two very worthy causes. The best part is that you’ll be able to see your hard-earned dollars put to work, because by giving to these two fundraisers you are helping individuals and services that are in your own community.

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