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Catholic Charities of Buffalo on Tuesday announced that a total of $8.6 million has been raised so far in its 2013 drive, which runs through June 30. The total represents 80.2 percent of the $10.7 million goal.

The announcement by Bishop Richard J. Malone caps Appeal Week, when 600 volunteers gather donations in parishes across Western New York during the week leading up to Palm Sunday.

Funds raised for Appeal 2013 serve 130,000 people through 70 programs across 61 locations throughout the eight-county Buffalo Niagara region. For 89 years, Catholic Charities has helped people in the community of every faith and ethnicity.

“Efforts to share the mission of the Catholic Church and gain donors – particularly younger donors – to grow our corporate, parish and community divisions would not be possible without the steadfast commitment of our 600 volunteers,” said Stephen Ulrich, chairman of the appeal.