Allstate agencies help secure $14k grant for WNY Heroes

CHEEKTOWAGA – Two Cheektowaga Allstate agency owners joined forces with 14 other agency owners in Western New York to secure a $14,000 grant to benefit WNY Heroes.

Rocky and Tony Gocella helped to bring home the Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant which will help the organization provide veterans and their families, peer-to-peer support, service animals, housing services, financial support, and employment opportunities. 

The agency owners and financial specialists earned $1,000 each for WNY Heroes by securing auction items, soliciting sponsorships, mailing invitations, and creating signage. WNY Heroes will use the$14,000 grant to further its work.

WNY Heroes is one of the thousands of organizations this year to receive Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants secured by agency owners and financial specialists on behalf of the nonprofits where they volunteer. The grants support organizations addressing domestic violence, youth empowerment, disaster preparedness, hunger and other causes.

The participants are among thousands of agency owners and financial specialists around the country working to improve communities by volunteering for the causes they care about most.

Participating Allstate agency owners and financial specialists include:

·         Dion Andrzejewski, North Tonawanda

·         Mark Bugenhagen, Williamsville

·         Thomas Finn, Kenmore

·         Nikki Gawron, Elma

·         Frank Giumpa II, Clarence

·         Rocky Gocella, Cheektowaga

·         Tony Gocella, Cheektowaga

·         Jason Graves, Depew

·         Michael Huber, Depew

·         Joseph Parlato, Amherst

·         Theodore Passero, Niagara Falls

·         Daryl Rowe, Kenmore

·         Scott Sainsbury, Orchard Park

·         Kelly Zielinski, Blasdell


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