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Community Carnival Planned for Saturday Oct 11



Day of Golf, Fun, Luncheon, Auction & Friends!

When we asked long-time Clarence residents Sam Heleba and Hank Cole to help come up with a fundraiser — they had one stipulation: They wanted this to be a community event — that would make a lasting impression on their neighbors minds.

“We wanted it to be fun – and go for a good cause,” said Sam, President and CEO of Buffalo-based Graphic Controls Acquisition Corp. He also is the dad of three Clarence High School grads — who went on to Cornell University. “My 10-year old is at Ledgeview and I want him to have the same opportunities that my oldest children had.”

His co-chair, Hank, is an executive with DeGraff Memorial Hospital, a Clarence Center fireman and father of two — a junior at Clarence High School and an 8th grader at the Middle School.

The two envisioned the charity event to be “a chance for Clarence residents to get together, meet some new friends, have fun – and show support for a great cause,” Sam explained. “We wanted to go all out. So we have trophies, an amazing auction that has items like a limited edition, autographed Sabre captains picture; Fred Jackson Experience; Bills and Sabres tickets and loads of baskets from local businesses like Passport Liquors, Reed Jewelers and Monkey See, Monkey Do.”

“Local businesses have been terrific in supporting us,” added Hank. A full list of sponsors is located here.

“This is our inaugural year and we want to be able to grow this,” he stated. “So we are hoping for everyone to come out and support the inaugural golf outing & luncheon at Rothland Golf Course.”

Tee off is at 8am and a luncheon, including two-hour open bar and auction, will follow. Tickets for the golf are $175 per person with a foursome at $600. Lunch is included for all golfers; lunch-only is $60.  Corporate sponsors include: Graphic Controls; Lawley Insurance; Kloss, Stenger & Lo Tempio; Damon & Morey; Paul and Allison LoVullo; and, Buffalo Tungsten. Corporate sponsorships are still available.  


And you can be assured that since our foundation is staffed solely with volunteers, we keep our operational costs as low as possible. Last year almost 97% of money raised went directly to programming to benefit students!



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