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Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, R-Tonawanda, continues to donate a portion of his salary to organizations located within his district and give back to the community. Since taking office last year, Legislator Hardwick has donated more than $13,000 of his salary.

 

He recently met with several organizations to talk about their individual needs and offered his support with their efforts. On Friday, Oct. 21, Legislator Hardwick met with Mount St. Mary’s Academy Principal Dawn Riggie to present a donation of $500. As a professor at Canisius College, Legislator Hardwick understands the value of a quality education and affording students the best opportunities possible. That is why he chose to donate to Mount St. Mary’s Academy’s Guardian Angel Fund, which provides financial aid to students to help undercut the cost of tuition.

 

“I believe in the mission at Mount St. Mary’s Academy, and being able to help young women who wish to attend the school is a tremendous honor,” said Legislator Hardwick, who currently serves on the school’s Board of Trustees. “Every student should be given the opportunity to succeed.”

 

Principal Riggie said approximately 20 students have benefited from the fund this year alone.

 

“Legislator Hardwick heard that there are girls who want to attend Mount St. Mary’s but because of the troubled economic times and financial hardships they were unable to. He generously offered to support the Guardian Angel Fund and help potential students,” Principal Riggie said. 

 

Legislator Hardwick met with library directors and offered his support to the libraries in his district. He presented a $600 donation to Mary Beth Jakubowski, chief operating officer for the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System, for the Library System’s Bucks for Books program, which is looking to raise $250,000.

 

“Each dollar raised in this campaign will go towards the purchase of books,” Jakubowski said. “Legislator Hardwick’s generosity and strong support of the local library system is much appreciated.”

 

The money donated by Legislator Hardwick will be earmarked for the Tonawanda, Kenmore and Grand Island libraries at $200 each. In giving the donation, Hardwick said libraries are a local treasure, and should be supported as strongly as possible, even in tough economic times.

 

“I’ve always been a proponent of vibrant local libraries, and this donation is my way of showing how much I support our current library system in Erie County,” Legislator Hardwick said. “I wish the library system all the best in their Bucks for Books campaign, and hope that my constituents will consider supporting the worthy cause.”

 

Legislator Hardwick also visited the Grand Island Memorial Library and donated $500 to Friends of Grand Island Memorial Library President Mary Cooke who said the money would be used toward purchasing materials or programming.

 

In addition, Legislator Hardwick attended the Miracle League of Grand Island and WNY’s Halloween Game on Saturday and presented a donation of $1,000. Miracle League provides athletes who are facing physical and mental challenges with the opportunity to play baseball. An inaugural game dedicating the new field was held this past summer, and leagues will be formed and official play will begin the spring of 2012.

 

“The Miracle League is thankful to Legislator Hardwick for his donation. Every penny donated helps to complete their dream field,” said Teresa Hooper of Miracle League.

 

A former coach for the Tonawanda American Little League for 16 years, including two years in the early 1990s in the league’s Challenger Division, Legislator Hardwick understands the importance of providing youths with structured activities and allowing them the chance to learn about teamwork.

 

For additional information, or to speak with Legislator Hardwick, please contact his Legislative Office at 873-3438 or email kevin.hardwick@erie.gov.