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February 5, 2014

TONAWANDAS: YWCA 'challenge' off to good start

Tonawanda News — The kickoff of a challenge presented Friday by the YWCA of the Tonawandas to make up a $50,000 funding shortage saw local business step up, according to leaders of the organization.  

About $10,000, or 20 percent of the deficit, was either presented or committed from eight businesses in the region during a two-day push that launched the initiative, now in its infancy, and left those tied to the non-profit hopeful. 

“We have some solid commitments,” said Barbara Strzyz, president of the YWCA board. “I have to say it was pretty successful.”  

She also noted the group expects none of its programs will be affected in the immediate future, though it is trying to make up the gap early in the year, before its two major fundraisers ensue in April and October.   

The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas flooded its membership over the last several weeks requesting donations for the YWCA, while the Exchange Club of the Tonawandas committed a $2,000 donation in early January. 

On Friday, several additional businesses threw their support behind the funding initiative, narrowing the gap to about $40,000. Strzyz said her organization will maintain the push in the coming months. 

The YWCA offers dozens of programs for families afflicted by domestic violence issues, and has seen an uptick in those reaching out for help, including residents of the Tonawandas, but also far-reaching portions of  from Niagara and Erie counties. 

To make a donation or for information YWCA’s fundraising efforts call 692-5580. 

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