26th Annual Matthew J. Murphy, Jr. Drive Fore Empower Golf Tournament A Great Success

A few downpours did not dampen spirits as golfers gathered at the Niagara Frontier Country Club for the 26th Annual Matthew J.Murphy, Jr. Memorial Drive Fore Empower golf tournament on Monday, June 18.  A record number of sponsors combined with a golf challenge featuring Buffalo Sabres alum Darryl Shannon and the traditional live auction ensured that the event was a huge success, netting almost $30,000 for programs and services that support people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.  A special thank you to everyone who attended and to the following contributors and sponsors: Buffalo Sabres, John Murphy, Keith Radford, Parkview Health Services, Crown Benefits Group, Inc., KeyBank, Accessium Group, The Evans Agency, Bond Schoeneck & King, Rotary Club Niagara County Central, AmerisourceBergen, Integrity Auto Service, and MacKenzie’s Automotive & Performance Center.

Upcoming Events…

A Concert With Gaelynn Lea

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On Monday, September 24 at 6 PM outside of the Conference and Events Center in Niagara Falls, Empower will host a night of free musical performances by Matt’s Music Vocal Performance Team and Gaelynn Lea.  Registration is not necessary.

Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music. Her work most recently won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country. Ms. Lea also is a disability rights advocate, and will be answering questions on this subject after her performance.

Program is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; administered by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.

Third Annual Living the Values Awards Luncheon

Please join us on Friday, October 26 at 11:30 am at the Four Points by Sheraton for the third annual Living the Values Luncheon.  Empower will honor several people and groups for their work on behalf of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.  A list of honorees will be published soon, and invitations will be mailed in September.  Tickets are $35 per person, and can be purchased by contacting Krystle at (816) 297-0798, x120 or