FJC Staff and Volunteers gathered on Thursday, August 1, for the Second annual FJC Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

FJC Staff and Volunteers gathered on Thursday, August 1, for the Second annual FJC Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

FJC Staff and Volunteers gathered on Thursday, August 1, for the second annual FJC Volunteer Appreciation Picnic.  Gathering at Stiglmeier Park in Cheektowaga, guests enjoyed a delicious BBQ dinner, complete with hot dogs, chicken, sausages, salads, and more!  Delicious sweet treats were also available, courtesy of KupKates Bakery in Buffalo.

Volunteer chef Dan Barone gave his time to grill the delicious feast; with DV Advocate and Volunteer Coordinator, Jaclyn Strycharz, and her mom, Cindy Chentfant organizing the event.   Everyone was ABUZZ with excitement, as the picnic was bee-themed, with charming yellow and black decorations adorning the pavilion: complete with bee-autiful floral centerpieces, courtesy of Maureen’s Wholesale Flowers in Buffalo.  The skies were a beautiful blue, and the summer sun was shining for this picture-perfect party!

The celebration gave volunteers from all the FJC locations a chance to meet and enjoy an afternoon of fun and friendship.  What’s more, Helium Comedy Club of Buffalo and Paula’s Donuts generously donated prizes to raffle off to our hard-working team of volunteers. 

CEO Mary Murphy spoke to the group after dinner, giving heartfelt thanks on behalf of the entire organization, for the amazing work volunteers do day in and day out.    We thank all our volunteers for giving your valuable time to support the Family Justice Center, and the domestic and relationship abuse victims who walk through our doors each day.  

Thank you again, volunteers, for BEE-ing so great!

Tree House Playroom

Tree House Playroom

Children who come to the FJC now have a fantastic enchanted forest playroom to visit while their parent receives services. Designed and built by local artists, theater and movie set creators, David Butler (David Butler Designs Pro Creation), Amy Kempf, Sean Kulak, JB Purcell and Hanna Lee Woltz, the “Treehouse Playroom” was officially opened at a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 28. We are so grateful to all of the volunteers, and staff for their help during the renovation process.

We would like to thank our friends who provided funding:

David Butler Designs Pro Creation

Donna & Patrick Murphy

Kathleen and Jeff McCrone

Thank you to the wonderful community organizers who have hosted events over the past few months to support FJC.

Thank you to the wonderful community organizers who have hosted events over the past few months to support FJC.

On Saturday August 11 at the Links at Ivy Ridge, Ingram Micro held their annual golf tournament and presented the Family Justice Center with a $25,000 donation to help fund the Grand Island satellite location. Many of the associates at Ingram Micro voiced their support and were thrilled at being able to provide such an impactful donation for those in need.

The Mates of The Buffalo Launch Club, and Family Justice Center volunteers and supporters Laura Mason and Karen Panzarella hosted a Music Festival on August 22 at the Grand Island Club, with headliner –Absolute Journey, a Journey tribute band. The event had a fabulous silent auction, food trucks and great music. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Family Justice Center satellite location on Grand Island.

Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI

The 10th Annual Bill Fallon Memorial Golf Tournament, hosted by the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI was held at Terry Hills Golf Course in Batavia on September 10th. Despite torrential rains, the golfers gathered for lunch and a silent auction. The Family Justice Center is grateful to have been a recipient of funds from this event for the past several years.

Liberty Cab Buffalo

Thank you to Liberty Cab and owner Mr. Bill Yunke for teaming up with the Buffalo Bills and Entercom Communications to make a donation to the FJC for every field goal attempt throughout the season. Listen to the game-day broadcast on WGR 550 to hear more about the promotion.

Mosaic 2018 – We are Thankful!

Mosaic 2018 – We are Thankful!

Thank you to everyone who made donations, volunteered time, and services, and thank you to those who attended Mosaic 2018! We hope you enjoyed the music donated by DJ Murph from M Entertainment, and the food donated by Bocce Club Pizza, Ilio DiPaolo, Left Bank Restaurant, Milo’s Restaurant, Fat Bob’s Smoke House and Current Catering. With your help we were able to raise nearly $50,000 to support services and programs for victims of domestic violence.

Congratulations to Phyllis Dickinson, who was recognized at the event for her 10+ years of dedicated volunteer service for Family Justice Center. Phyllis and her fellow Cheektowaga/Lancaster Zonta Club members continue to provide wonderful support for the Family Justice Center.

We would especially like to thank the following sponsors:

$5,000 City of Light Sponsors

$2,500 Queen City Supporter

$1,000 Lake Erie Partners

  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Cohen & Lombardo, P.C.
  • Evans Bank
  • FARM
  • Independent Health Association
  • Lawley Insurance
  • Line-X WNY
  • MOOG
  • National Grid
  • Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Univera Healthcare

$500 Lafayette Square Patrons

  • Dansa D’Arata, LLP
  • Lo Tempio PC Law Group
  • OSC Charitable Foundation
  • Universal Woodworks, Inc.

WBASNY President’s Award Presented to Mary Travers Murphy

WBASNY President’s Award Presented to Mary Travers Murphy

On July 26, FJC Executive Director, Mary Travers Murphy was presented with The President’s Award from the Western New York Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. This award recognizes a distinguished individual whose leadership serves as a role model for others, and whose ideals and accomplishments reflect a commitment to goals consistent with the mission of WBASNY, including the promotion of the status of women in society and in the legal profession, and the fair and equal administration of justice.

New Satellite Opens in Grand Island

New Satellite Opens in Grand Island

As of Monday, June 4th 2018, the Family Justice Center will open the doors to our latest satellite office in Grand Island, New York. For the time being, the FJC will be providing our services from a temporary location co-located with Sheridan Medical Group. They have generously provided office space within their practice for a client living room and advocate office, so that services can be provided while a permanent location is determined.

The location for the satellite is truly ideal. Sheridan Medical Group and the FJC satellite are located in a medical park at 1801 Grand Island Blvd next door to a Physical Therapy Group and a Medically Oriented Gym. The close proximity to these various medical resources will be of true benefit to the victims we serve and lead to better coordination of services between the FJC and medical providers.

We cannot thank Sheridan Medical Group enough for graciously providing our temporary home which will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am until 5:00 p.m. To reach the Grand Island Satellite Office, please call: 716-507-0764.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Grand Island site or being part of the volunteer team helping to create a permanent site, please contact Tiffany Pavone at 716-558-5272 or for further details.