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3 walkers representing D’Youville’s Student Physician Assistant Association (Team SPAA) at  “Friends for the Poor Walk” on Goat IslandStudent Physician Assistant Association Raises Funds for People in Need

Team SPAA participated in the Sept. 26 Friends of the Poor Walk/Run to raise money for those experiencing hardship.

Buffalo, New York – September 30, 2015 – On Saturday September 26, 23 walkers representing D’Youville’s Student Physician Assistant Association (Team SPAA) participated in the “Friends for the Poor Walk” on Goat Island in Niagara Falls, New York.

Team SPAA members showed up in force wearing their red DYC PA tee shirts, with their team recognized at the event as the largest group in attendance as well as the top fundraiser for this event.

“I am so proud of everyone who walked as well as everyone who donated to this community service event,” said Audrey Smith, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, who serves as pharmacology coordinator for D’Youville’s Physician Assistant Department.

“We raised $425 before the matching donation and 100% of it will go directly to the three Buffalo city parishes we sponsored: St. Ambrose, St. Agatha and Holy Family.”

“Those who walked experienced the enormous amount of sincere gratitude that was bestowed upon our team by the other walkers and the event organizers. They took our picture, said thank you a million times and even gave us a personal shout out during the opening prayer and announcements. It was simply wonderful and made every one who attended feel so good for taking part in this event.”

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Buffalo Council hosts the yearly Friends of the Poor Walk. This year’s event took place at Niagara Falls State Park, Goat Island. The event is designed to promote awareness and raise funds for those who are experiencing hardship in the Buffalo community. According the event website, “Many local people benefit from the proceeds from this event and 100% of the proceeds raised by walkers will be utilized directly help your neighbors in need.”

The Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run is a national program that provides funding for local Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Conferences and Councils. Funds raised from these events remain local, allowing local SVdP Conferences/Councils to provide emergency assistance to those in need, regardless of race, origin, religion, or gender. Last year, over 4,500 SVdP Conferences and Councils provided 11.5 million service hours to help almost 15 million people in the United States.


Team SPAA members include:

Sarah Badagliacca
Marla Calabro
Corey Costa
Joe Day
Mark Eberhard
Casey Feeney
Carrie Fisher
Maggie Garito
Paige Golden
Laura Grable
Aaron Hoppy
Zack Huber
Shannon McFall
Melanie Montanez
Danielle Nelson
Jess Oswald
Laura Paradisi
Amber Phillippi
Allie Radka
Davi Roberts
Molly Sabido
David Smith
Liz & Dave Smith
Kiley Titus
Elizabeth Whitlock

Media Contact:

Audrey Smith, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Pharmacology Coordinator
Physician Assistant Department
Phone: 716-829-7634