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Buffalo, NY – Beyond Support Network ran its annual giving campaign to close out the 2023 calendar year and as the dust settled and the numbers were tallied, a total of $63,480 had been raised. Every penny donated will be used to provide essential services to the individuals, families and communities that Beyond Support Network aims to help thrive on a daily basis.

This year, the giving campaign allowed supporters to build teams and use unique links to solicit donations in a way that allowed for a light-hearted competition. We tracked which team raised the most money through its unique link as well as which individual raised the most money with their unique link. Supporters were able to track the campaign in real time as we quickly met and vastly exceeded our $30,000 goal. In the end, Starlight Studio & Art Gallery raised the most money as a team, clocking in at $30,621 bolstered by an incredibly generous $25,000 donation by longtime supporter Joe Fischer.

Buffalo Bisons superfan, Mark Aichinger, raised the most money of any individual going away. The Buffalo Bisons have been a significant member of the community for decades and Mark has been a season-ticket holder for nearly 30 years. He’s become part of the culture at Sahlen Field, so much more than just another fan. On Sept. 2, the Bisons honored that dedication and passion with his own day. The organization produced a bobblehead of Mark in his signature “Hey, you stink!” pose as well as a t-shirt. The video merely announcing this promotion garnered roughly 2 million impressions on the Bisons social channels. With the sale of Mark’s bobblehead and t-shirt, the promotion raised $6,252; all of which was donated in Mark’s name to Beyond Support Network.

While the formal campaign has come to a close, the need for funds to support those we serve never ends. Anyone who wishes to donate to Beyond Support Network may still do so at the giving link provided in this story or by typing into your browser: www.beyond.telescocreative.com/donate. We thank every single individual and organization that contributed to this campaign.