BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 15, 2012) --- The Buffalo Sabres Foundation and Perry’s Ice Cream, in partnership with World Vision, today hosted an event that will provide school supplies to 4,000 disadvantaged students in the City of Buffalo for the upcoming school year. The event, which took place as part of the United Way’s Day of Caring, was hosted throughout the morning at First Niagara Center.
“The Day of Caring is a tremendous event that really energizes people all over the city and encourages them to take an active role in improving our communities,” said Sabres Director of Community Relations Rich Jureller. “The Sabres Foundation recognized what an important event it is and wanted to get involved in a big way. We think giving 4,000 students the supplies they need to succeed in school next year is going to go a long way in improving our community and we were overwhelmed by the support of the volunteers today.”
Over 250 volunteers helped to pack school supplies – including notebooks, pens, pencils, dictionaries, calculators and more – into backpacks that will be delivered to city schools in the coming weeks. All the supplies were purchased and donated by the Sabres Foundation and Perry’s.
“Partnering with the Buffalo Sabres Foundation to provide high school students in our community the supplies they need for their education will make a huge difference in the success of their school year,” said Perry’s Communications Manager Marissa Wilson. “The funds used toward this project from our Top Shelf Sundae sales were carefully considered and this project was more than worthy of our time and resources. We were also honored to have so many hard working and passionate volunteers on hand to support our day of caring project today.”
The Day of Caring is an annual event, held the third Wednesday of every August, and involves 3,370 volunteers from 155 companies completed 160 projects at 112 local agencies in Erie County. The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County brings people, organizations and resources together to improve community well being. For more information on the Day of Caring or the United Way, call 887-2626 or visit www.uwbec.org.
The mission of the Buffalo Sabres Foundation is to stimulate, support and encourage organizations that serve Western New York which are committed to youth hockey initiatives; the health, wellness and education of underprivileged/disadvantaged youth and military personnel; and the physically and mentally challenged athlete, by providing financial generosity and other platforms for their endeavors. Through such support, these organizations will realize their highest potential, thereby allowing their members to gain the confidence and integrity necessary to succeed in life.
Perry’s Ice Cream, founded in 1918 by H. Morton Perry and headquartered in Western New York, is a family-owned and operated fourth generation ice cream manufacturer with frozen distribution services. Since its humble beginnings, when hand churns and horse-drawn delivery wagons were used, Perry’s has maintained one of the most modern, state-of-the-art production facilities in the country to produce over 13 million gallons of great tasting ice cream per year, passionately crafted the old-fashioned way. With over 300 employees, Perry’s sells and distributes to New York, Western Pennsylvania, New England and Northeastern Ohio. For additional information about Perry’s Ice Cream, visit: www.PerrysIceCream.com or www.facebook.com/perrysicecream.