The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, and Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, diocesan director of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, have announced Jake and Katie Schneider will serve as chairs of the 2015 Catholic Charities Appeal. Nicholas and Nicole Tzetzo have been named vice chairs for the 91st annual campaign that will support Catholic Charities of Buffalo.
With a goal of $10.9 million, the annual Appeal will extend from January through June 30, 2015. The theme for the 2015 Appeal is "Find Good Within" and the patron saint is St. Francis of Assisi.
Funds raised will support Catholic Charities' 70 programs across 61 sites in the eight countries of Western New York, along with a number of ministries through the Bishop's Fund for the Faith. The varied services and programs benefitting from the Appeal include food pantries, basic relief services, behavioral health services, counseling for individuals, children and families, and the refugee assistance program.
"The generosity of the people of Western New York is well known and we are blessed to have the time, talents and resources of these dedicated individuals to help us reach our goal and fund vital services that help nearly 142,000 people every year," said Sister Mary. "At a time of great optimism in the Buffalo region, we cannot forget that there are many individuals and families who are in need of the critical services Catholic Charities can provide."
Jake and Katie Schneider, parishioners of St. John Paul II Parish in Lakeview, served as vice chairs for the 2014 Appeal. Jake Schneider is an architect, developer and owner of Schneider Design Architects PC and Schneider Development LLC. A graduate of St. Francis High School and the University of Notre Dame, he currently serves on the board of the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and has served as chair of the board of directors of St. Francis High School.
Katie Schneider owns Katie Schneider Photography in Buffalo. She is a graduate of Nottingham Academy and Wells College and has served as chair of the St. John Paul II Parish Council in Lakeview. Both Katie and Jake serve on the Bishop's Council of the Laity as program committee chairs. They reside in Lakeview and have four children and one grandchild.
Nicholas and Nicole Tzetzo are parishioners of St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo. Nicholas serves as the managing partner of The Tzetzo Companies, LLC, specializing in real property development and management, diversified investment and capital allocation.
Nicole Tzetzo is a partner with Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel LLP. The couple reside in the City of Buffalo and has been actively involved with Catholic Charities since 2012.
Since its founding in 1923, Catholic Charities has helped individuals and families in need. That need is varied and widespread - from emergency assistance to counseling and from specialized services for the elderly to help with job training and education.
As the most comprehensive human service provider in Western New York, Catholic Charities makes a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assess its clients for other needs to ensure long-term success.
Catholic Charities is an excellent steward of the contributions it receives. For five years, Catholic Charities attained the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for transparency and sound fiscal management. Catholic Charities also receives the highest ratings from the Council on Accreditation for quality service.To make a donation or learn more about Appeal 2015, contact Catholic Charities at (716) 218-1400 or go to www.ccwny.org. You can also check out Catholic Charities on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ccbuffalo.