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“Serving the most vulnerable in the Buffalo community”
Creativity, inspiration and a need for services was seen throughout the tour that WBFO Assistant News Director Eileen Buckley recently took at People Inc.’s Day Program location in Buffalo. Find out more in Eileen’s up-close-and personal story…

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Celebrating Independence at People Inc.’s Newest Location
People Inc. was able to commemorate a very unique building along with government officials, staff members and individuals who utilize services. During the week of July 4th, the individuals and their families celebrated a brand new building, which consolidated many of People Inc.’s programs to foster independence. Find out more…

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Kevin Horrigan, People Inc. Public Affairs director; Senator Timothy Kennedy; Erie County Legislator Lynn Marinelli; The People Inc. American Eagle; Assemblymember Robin Schimminger and Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak.

People Inc. Day Program Participants Honor Others at Forest Lawn Cemetery
People Inc.’s Day Program participants continued their service project this past June at Forest Lawn Cemetery. They placed 296 pots of flowers on graves at Forest Lawn to honor and remember orphans, the destitute and the aged. Throughout the summer, they will return to Forest Lawn to water and care for the flowers. Check out the People Inc. video.

Sharing Museum of disABILITY History News with Kennedy Family
At an event recently hosted by New York State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy at the Buffalo Irish Center, Kevin Horrigan, People Inc. Public Affairs director, had the opportunity to meet Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy. State Senator Kennedy brought Ms. Kennedy to Buffalo to recognize and honor her for her leadership with human rights issues. During Kevin and Kerry’s discussion, he had the opportunity to share with her about People Inc.’s Museum of disABILITY History and the Museum’s traveling exhibit, “The Kennedy Connection.”
State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, Jeremiah Horrigan (Kevin’s son), Kerry Kennedy and Kevin Horrigan, People Inc. Public Affairs director, at the Buffalo Irish Center.

Joan English, tenant of People Inc. Pine Senior Living in Lockport and Barbara Jacobs, manager of People Inc. Pine Senior Living are interviewed by host Janet Snyder on the Healthy Zone.

Buffalo Business First: “NYS updates oversight on nonprofits”
A story about the “Nonprofit Revitalization Act” was recently included in Buffalo Business First. People Inc. Public Affairs Director Kevin Horrigan was quoted in the story. Read the article.

Golf Anyone? Morning Round Spaces Available!
The People Inc. 12th Annual Drive Fore Disabilities Golf Tournament is Monday, August 19, 2013, and will again be held at East Aurora Country Club. We have brought back our Early Bird Morning Round to accommodate those who might not have a full day to attend our event. You can expect a nice quick round of golf but are welcome to come back for the dinner program as well. Both rounds will follow a four man best ball scramble format with a shot-gun start. The early round will tee off at 7:30 a.m. and the afternoon round will tee off at 12:30 p.m. As always, snacks and beverages will be regularly offered throughout the course for your enjoyment!
Please take a minute to register by going to www.people-inc.org and clicking in the Event Registration and Online Orders button or contact Sarah Snyder, annual giving manager, at ssnyder@people-inc.org or at 716.817.7269.

What is a People Inc. Supporting Member?
That’s easy, generous donors just like you! By pledging a recurring payment of $10 a month, you can be a Supporting Member, too! Your gift will help ensure the continued growth and vitality of our mission – helping loved ones enjoy the greatest possible degree of independence and acceptance, in all aspects of their lives.

If you currently donate less than $100 annually, please consider upgrading to a People Inc. Supporting Member as we really need your help. Through generous, tax-deductible gifts of $100 or more, you can continue to sustain the amazing services that help individuals with disabilities and seniors all throughout Western New York. If you think giving $10 a month is possible for you, then please sign up today. It will make all the difference. Your membership demonstrates a special and enduring commitment to safeguard the people and services that are so important to all of us.
Please visit our website at www.people-inc.org/donate to give online. For questions, contact Sarah Snyder, annual giving manager, at ssnyder@people-inc.org or 716.817.7269.

Troop 2128 of People Inc. Elmwood Day Hab Celebrates Memorial Day
Troop 2128 of the People Inc. Elmwood Day Hab celebrated Memorial Day with a special observance. Over 20 scouts marched in formation to honor the fallen warriors, past and present during the ceremony.
Scout Master Dominick Liggio, a former People Inc. employee and now volunteer, began a Scout troop over eight years ago at Elmwood Day Hab through a grant and support of People Inc. Scoutmaster Liggio states, “This Scout troop is the only 100 percent individual participatory troop that serves the community in disaster relief and beautification projects like today to honor our fallen soldiers.” The once empty landscape in the rear pick up and drop off area has been transformed into a memorial of flags, windmills, walk path, flowers and bunting, “ all in Red, White and Blue!” states Scout George O’Donnell of troop 2128. George is a participant and Scout that helped work on the garden. Scout George said, “I feel good remembering our soldiers.”

Each member of Troop 2128 placed wreaths of roses in the garden as they all received medallions for their service. As the Scouts, families, staff and participants gave a salute, Mathew Iwanski of People Inc.’s Training Department, played “Taps” as the ceremony concluded.

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