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James and Mary Beth Basil, John and Suzanne Berger Appointed Catholic Charities' 2015 Appeal Corporate Co-Chairs

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91st Annual Appeal Goal is $10.9 Million

Thu, Feb 5th 2015 11:00 am
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Catholic Charities of Buffalo has announced the appointment of James and Mary Beth Basil and John and Suzanne Berger to the 2015 Appeal Leadership team, serving as corporate co-chairs for the annual Appeal. The appointments were announced by the Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, and Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, diocesan director of Catholic Charities of Buffalo. 

As corporate co-chairs, the Basils and the Bergers will direct a team of volunteer business leaders and help develop strategies for soliciting contributions from the area's corporations and small businesses. Local businesses and their employees contributed more than $1 million to the 2014 Appeal.

With a goal of $10.9 million, the 2015 Appeal will extend from January through June 30. The theme for the 2015 Appeal is "Find Good Within" and the patron saint is St. Francis of Assisi.

James Basil is president of Joe Basil Chevrolet and his wife, Mary Beth, directs marketing activity on behalf of the car dealership, in addition to working as a sales associate at Tony Walker and Company. The Basils, residents of Williamsville, belong to St. Gregory the Great parish and have three children. The couple has been involved with Catholic Charities for nearly 20 years.

John Berger is a partner at Lawley Benefits Group, LLC. He and his wife, Suzanne, are parishioners of St. Gregory the Great. They have two children and reside in Williamsville.

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.

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 You can also check out Catholic Charities on Facebook at and on Twitter at