- Message from the President
St. Lukes Mission of Mercy, 2014 designated charity for BNAR
Luke’s dates back to 1928. It was abandoned and closed by the Diocese in
1991. People of tremendous faith stepped up to purchase the church from
the Diocese. I call these co-founders, Amy Betros, Norm Paolini and
Michael Taheri, the Good and Faithful in our community. The mission of
St. Luke’s is to provide care and hope to the poorest of poor on the East side
of Buffalo. They are totally unfunded without financial assistance from
government agencies or the Diocese and depend solely on benefactors.
Through generous donations, St. Luke’s was restored and over the years, abandoned homes were purchased by St. Luke’s that were renovated through the help of local contractors and today provide shelter to homeless families. The children of these families attend Our Lady of Hope School for free. Although faced with many challenges, the graduates of OLH include making the merit and honor roles at their respective high schools to going on to earn college scholarships at Trocaire and Canisius. In 2009 the school expanded its educational support by offering tutoring and mentoring for high school students who attended school in the city of Buffalo. This is the East Side Prep Program.
Providing food, shelter and clothing is an additional component. Everyday St. Luke's provides lunch for needy people and this past winter St. Luke's opened their doors for 49 Code Blue nights to the homeless offering them food, warmth, and a bed.
St. Luke's has a mini-mall providing free clothing to homeless families. Recently it opened a baby store which provides young mothers with all new born necessities. I have personally met with the staff and the co-founders along with dozens of volunteers who come to St. Luke's in great numbers to assist them on a daily basis. Last year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, St. Luke's provided food and toys for 6,000 families.
What is amazing is the tremendous gratitude by the staff and volunteers to everyone that offers help to St. Luke's. The size of the donation doesn't matter.
Also, don’t ever hesitate to contact me. I have a special email “Ask Christie” for you to keep in touch with me and sending your questions or comments any time, on any subject 24/7/365.
What's going on at the BNAR?
On Wednesday September 10, 2014 at Salvatore's Italian Gardens in conjunction with First Niagara, we are proud to Present "That MI Guy" Steve Richman from Genworth Mortgage Insurance. Steve is nationally recognized sales and marketing expert who has presented before over 100,000 real estate and mortgage professionals. Come join us for a conversation on everything Real Estate and click on the flyer above for more details.Register on Internet Member Services and its FREE!!!
BNAR Collecting School Supplies for St. Lukes Mission of Mercy
The BNAR, during the months of July and August, will be collecting high school and elementary school supplies. Collect them in your office and drop them off at the BNAR or directly to St. Luke's. St. Luke's is committed to improving lives of residents on the East Side of Buffalo and does not receive money from the government or the diocese and depends on donations from individuals. For more information about St. Luke's click this link. St. Luke's NEVER TURNS anyone away who comes to their door in need of help. If you have used furniture to donate call St. Luke's directly for pick-up at 716-892-4728.
BNAR, in conjunction with First Niagara, is proud to present Steve Richman, aka “That MI Guy”
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens – Banquet room. Registration and Continental Breakfast at 9:00 am with the presentation from 9:30 am – 11:30 am. The event is Free but please register through Internet Member Services or contact Marcia at 636-9000. Seating is limited.
Steve is a nationally recognized sales and marketing expert who has presented before over 100,000 real estate and mortgage professionals. He is energetic, fun, passionate, informative, realistic and practical are all words used to describe Steve Richman when he presents. Drawing on his experiences as a mortgage professional, litigation attorney, trainer, and consultant for companies of every size, Steve drives passionate realism. Steve delivers realistic tools and strategies to help you succeed in today’s marketplace. Some Topics include: 9 categories to help agents succeed and work more efficiently and effectively including selling skills, getting in touch with technology with tips on Facebook, Zite, Linkedin, and local market sites. You can view a portion of one of his seminars on YouTube.
BNAR Directors Wanted
The BNAR Nominating Committee is accepting nomination forms from REALTOR members for a position on the BNAR Board of Directors. Terms are three years and the Board meets monthly. Minimum qualifications for BNAR Director are: being a REALTOR Member of BNAR for at least three years and has served on at least two BNAR committees. Deadline to send in your form is Friday, August 15th. Use this link for the Nomination Form. Members of the BNAR Nominating Committee are Louis Vinci, Amy Winklhofer, Robert Ganey, Elaine McCune and James LoVallo.
REALTORS and Family Fun Days Weekend at Darien Lake
From Friday, August 22 through Sunday, August 24, 2014, BNAR members and their families can take advantage of discounted tickets to Darien Lake. For more information and for ticket information use this link.
BNAR/Genesee Valley Chapter Golf Event to Benefit Mercy Flight
Our annual golf event is being held on Monday, September 8 at the Livingston Country Club with proceeds going to Mercy Flight West and Mercy Flight Central. Sponsorships and auction items needed or send BNAR $50 along with your business card and a basket for the auction will be made in your name. For registration and sponsorship opportunities click on the Golf Outing ad on your right. Non-golfers welcomed.
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