With just one month to go, organizers of the Catholic Courier/Catholic Charities Christmas Appeal hope an influx of last-minute donations and strong participation in an upcoming Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser will push the annual appeal closer to its goal of $50,000.
As of Jan. 18 the appeal had raised $38,155.40, or just 76.3 percent of the goal, according to Donna Stubbings, appeal coordinator and circulation manager for the Catholic Courier and El Mensajero Cat√≥lico newspapers. Of that total, $578.40 was raised in a single day through the appeal’s participation in the second-annual “ROC the Day.” Conducted online on Dec. 12, 2012, “ROC the Day” was a one-day, communitywide fundraising event to benefit nonprofit organizations.
The 43rd-annual appeal supports the emergency funds of Catholic Charities offices and affiliated diocesan agencies within the Diocese of Rochester’s 12 counties. These agencies use Christmas Appeal proceeds all year long to help meet the basic needs of people facing short-term financial crises who are not eligible or have not yet qualified for other forms of assistance.
Donations may be made to this year’s campaign through Feb. 28.
“Last year at this time we had $40,545.20, or 81.1 percent of our goal,” Stubbings said. “I believe that the biggest reason that we are trailing last year’s total is that we had an anonymous donation of $2,500 last year that we have not received this year.”
The appeal’s organizers hope a Bowl-A-Thon planned for Feb. 2 at L&M Lanes, located at 873 Merchants Road in Rochester, will help fill the appeal’s coffers. The Bowl-A-Thon will begin at 1 p.m. and is open to bowlers of all ages. Teams and individuals may register by contacting Tamara Tirado at 585-500-6105 or e-mailing her at email@example.com. There is a $20 participation fee, which covers the cost of three games and shoe rental. Participants also are encouraged to solicit pledges from non-bowlers.
Stubbings is still hopeful that donations will continue to come in throughout the month of February.
“A donation does not have to be large to make a difference. Every little bit does help, and I would encourage anyone who could donate even $5 or $10 to do so,” she said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: To donate to the Catholic Courier/Catholic Charities Christmas Appeal, mail checks to the Catholic Courier, PO Box 24379, Rochester, NY 14624. Checks should be made payable to the Christmas Appeal.