Vive to Host Annual Recognition Dinner: Will Commemorate 30 Years of Service, Honor Community Supporters, and Celebrate the “New Americans”

Young girl and American flag
Posted on January 24, 2014

February 27
6:00 pm
Salvatore’s Restaurant

As unrest continues throughout the global landscape, Vive is needed more than ever. The people who come to Vive are victims of hostility and bloodshed, seeking safety and freedom. All too often they arrive shocked and traumatized, without knowledge of the U.S. Legal system including the asylum process. In coming to Vive, they have landed in the right place to have shelter, food, legal assistance—and hard-won freedom.

Achieving freedom is a lifetime goal for many of our residents, who have been trapped in parts of the world where fear and unrest color every minute of every day. Vive believes that now, more than ever, we need to celebrate our glorious freedom by calling attention to the fundamentals of freedom, and the horrors of the tumultuous conflict that millions face throughout the world.

To commemorate this freedom, Vive invites the community to join us at our Annual Recognition Dinner on February 27th at 6:00 pm at Salvatore’s Restaurant. Tickets for admission are $100. Proceeds will provide direct services to refugees.

Vive’s 2014 recognition award recipients are:

  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Group: Bonnie Butler Humanitarian Award
  • WGRZ Channel 2: John R. Long Award
  • Jericho Road Community Health Center: Leadership Conference of Women Religious Award

Emmy award winning television news anchor Maryalice Demler from WGRZ-TV will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.

Tom and Shelly Schratz, owners of “Bings Restaurant” are co-chairs of the event.

In the past, many Vive residents would go on to file asylum claims in Canada. That is no longer the case. Over 50% of people who come to Vive want to settle right here in our region. They are the “New Americans.” Please help Vive welcome our new neighbors to Buffalo. They are our future shop owners, store clerks and business people. They are the “New Americans.”

For more information, call Angela at 892-4354 extension 402.