Weekly Feature

2017-07-13 / Sports

St. Mary’s donates to 11-Day Power Play


St. Mary’s Head of School Kevin Kelleher (far left) and CFO Rob Cavallari and his great-nephew (second from right and far right, respectively) present a check for $1,000 to skater and top fundraiser Mike Lawley of Lawley Insurance at the 11-Day Power Play. St. Mary’s Head of School Kevin Kelleher (far left) and CFO Rob Cavallari and his great-nephew (second from right and far right, respectively) present a check for $1,000 to skater and top fundraiser Mike Lawley of Lawley Insurance at the 11-Day Power Play. St. Mary’s High School donated $1,000 to the 11-Day Power Play that ran from June 22 through July 3 at HarborCenter.

Forty men skated to raise awareness for those fighting cancer, and the donations made during those 11 days went to Roswell Park for cancer research.

St. Mary’s held its annual Golf Open at the Lancaster Country Club on June 26 and decided the proceeds from the “Pot of Gold Hole” would go to the event. Golfers had the opportunity to buy a chance for $10 to hit their tee shot into a 10-foot circle surrounding the pin on a par 3. The $10 buy-in also gave golfers the opportunity to win a generous prize package from Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More.

Lawley knows the kind of impact a donation like the one from St. Mary’s had on the overall fundraising total of over $1.2 million.

“At the end of the day, the event was really about a great group of guys trying to make a difference. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” Lawley said.

St. Mary’s Head of School Kevin Kelleher knew that the 11-Day Power Play was exactly the type of event the school would rally behind.

“We always talk about working hard and giving back to the community at St. Mary’s. Mike and this group of guys, who skated for over 250 straight hours, are as hard-working as you can get,” Kelleher said. “The marathon that they went through is so powerful and gave all of Buffalo something to cheer for. This event shows our students and the city as a whole the power a collective effort can have to attain a common goal.”

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