Kathy Purcell donates $100,000 to Catholic Family Center

Kathy Purcell donates $100,000 to Catholic Family Center Thursday, September 6, 2018

Contact Information:

  • Contact:

    Maureen McGuire

  • Address:

    1099 Jay Street, Building J, Rochester, NY 14611

  • Phone:

    (585) 339-9800

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Rochester, NY… A transformational gift of $100,000 from Kathy and John Purcell will directly support programs and operations at Catholic Family Center. This is the third gift of its size that CFC has received as part of its centennial anniversary celebration, following similar gifts by the Philippone and Davitt families. Together, these are difference-making gifts that will help CFC launch into its next 100 years of service to the Rochester community.

In a statement about the gift, Mrs. Purcell explains “For many years John and I together admired and supported the work of Catholic Family Center. I am now blessed with the good fortune to be able make a more significant gift in John's memory. Because his greatest joy in life was making a difference in the lives of others, I know John would agree that giving to CFC is an excellent way to realize that goal. The work that CFC does for so many in our community — the homeless, the elderly, the mentally ill, the addicted, the refugee — is needed now more than ever. Giving at any level will make a difference in someone's life so it is my hope that this gift encourages others to give as they are able.”

“At a time when demand for our services increases each year, while traditional avenues of support can be stressed, it is humbling to know that amazing people like Kathy are willing to make a philanthropic investment to support our mission,” said Catholic Family Center CEO Marlene Bessette. “This type of support is crucial to ensure that our vital services to the community continue for the next 100 years. We are deeply appreciative of Kathy’s commitment and that of all of our supporters.”

About Catholic Family Center: Catholic Family Center (CFC) is Greater Rochester’s largest provider of comprehensive family services. Each year we assist tens of thousands of our neighbors, relatives and friends as they work to remain or become healthy, productive, participating members of our community. We serve all people—regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, age, ability or gender. Our programs work together to address the many issues of human need across all stages of life.