Snowflake Basket Auction Nets $22,000

Thanks to a record turnout and items available to bid on, the 2018 Snowflake Basket Auction netted a whopping $22,000, which will benefit people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.  This is the most money that has ever been raised in the event’s nine year history!  New items such as a tub of liquor as well as the tried and true favorites like various themed baskets contributed to this success.  Attendees enjoyed visiting with old friends and selecting baskets on which to bid.  Thanks to the generosity of this year’s donors, there was truly something for everyone.

Special thanks to event sponsors: Walmart, Smokin’ Joes and Randy’s Smoke Shop.

Golf Tournament Happening on Monday, June 18 at the Niagara Frontier Country Club

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On Monday, June 18, Empower will hold its 26th Annual Matthew J. Murphy, Jr. Drive fore Empower Golf Tournament at the Niagara Frontier Country Club in Youngstown.  So far, six companies have signed on as sponsors, committing $15,500 (the most sponsorship dollars this event has ever raised).

Platinum ($5,000):

Gold ($2,500):

Silver ($1,500):

The 2018 Neil and Mary Gruppo Service Award recipient is Empower’s own, Mike Marra.  Mike has been helping people with intellectual or developmental disabilities get jobs in the community for 26 years.  Mike also serves on the golf tournament committee, providing essential input and coordination to ensure the event’s success.

Invitations will be mailed out soon, and Empower is accepting registrations.  To register, contact Krystle at (716) 297-0798, c120 or or visit our website:


$185 per player, $780 per foursome

$60 for dinner only

$75 per tee sign

Sponsorships still being accepted.  New this year, Platinum ($5,000) level sponsors receive 2 complimentary foursomes and Gold ($2,500) level sponsors get 1 complimentary foursome.