Communication & Development

Golf Tournament Coming Up on Monday, June 17th

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We are still accepting registrations for the 27th Annual Matthew J. Murphy Drive fore Empower Golf Tournament.  Prices start at $185 for individual golfers, and includes lunch, full day of golf, cocktail hour with open bar and hors d’oeuvres and dinner.

We’ve improved the dinner portion of the event to ensure there’s something for everyone  Instead of a sit down dinner, attendees can select from several different stations, including a carving station, pasta bar and raw bar.  Those wishing only to attend dinner can purchase tickets for $75 each.

Another change is in place of the traditional basket auction, fewer, premium items will be available to win. Tickets for these items only will be sold at the event.  In addition, Empower is selling raffle tickets in advance of the event  for 3 great prizes: 1) bucket of booze, 2) $250 cash, and 3) Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa Hands Free. Tickets are $5 each of 3 tickets for $10.  To buyt tickets, contact Krystle at (716) 297-0798, x120 or

Companies who would like to sponsor the event may contact Elizabeth Cardamone at (716) 297-0798, x173 or We gratefully acknowledge current event sponsors: Parkview Health Services, KeyBank, Crown Benefits Groups, Inc., The Evans Agency, Rotary Club Niagara County Central, Schlaak Enterprises, Bod Schoeneck & King, MacKenzie’s Automotive & Performance Center, and C.T. Young Mechanical.

10th Annual Snowflake Basket Auction Raises $20,000

On March 22 and 23, Empower staff, support recipients and their families, Board members, vendors and members of the community gathered for Empower’s Snowflake Basket Auction.  With free admission, everyone is welcome to attend and try their hand at winning some great prizes.  The many smiles and animated conversations shows that this annual event, now in its tenth year, is more than just a fundraiser.  It is an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and to meet new ones.  Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to raise $20,000 for Empower supports and services. Also, a huge thank you to the Basket Auction organizing committee, chaired by Annette Kilgour and Cheryl Seelbinder, whose hard work makes this event possible.  Finally, thank you to our generous event sponsors: Smokin Joe’s, Sam’s Club, Randy’s Smoke Shop, Wegmans and Mason’s Mission Foundation.