Daemen College and Re-Tree WNY Meet 100 Tree Challenge

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Daemen College and Re-Tree Western New York (WNY) will plant over 100 trees on Saturday, October 26th, from 8:30 A.M. to Noon at the Colleges Main Street campus. The College and their non-profit partners at Re-Tree WNY have met their joint goal to fund the planting of these mature trees at Daemen College.

In a statement from his Amherst, New York office, Dr. Gary A. Olson, President of Daemen College, stated: The Daemen College 100 Tree Challenge announced on May 7th has been met, thanks to Paul Maurer, Chairman of Re-Tree WNY and a host of generous faculty, staff, Trustees, and private donors. This joint effort will truly transform Daemens campus for our students, and provide a park-like environment for the Amherst community.

Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Dr. Richanne Mankey paid further tribute to those who made this historic campus beautification project a reality: The Daemen family of faculty, staff and Trustees raised over $40,000 and anonymous private sector donors joined in to make this green space beautification project a reality. I cannot think of a better gift to the environment, our students or our neighbors in the Town of Amherst.

Re-Tree WNY, and Daemen faculty, students and staff led by Dr. Brenda Young, Daemens Director of Global and Local Sustainability, will meet at 8:30 AM on Saturday, October 26th on the Daemen College front lawn to prepare for the planting of the trees, followed by a formal Groundbreaking Ceremony at 9:00 A.M. and tree planting until Noon. The public is welcome to come and observe the planting of the trees at the College.

Re-Tree WNY is a program of 501(c)3 charity Keep WNY Beautiful. It was established to reforest the Buffalo metropolitan area as a result of the devastating October 12-13, 2006 surprise snowstorm. Re-Tree WNY has planted a total of 24,991 of their 30,000 tree goal. Their website is www.re-treewny.org.

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