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BY: Sallie L. Moppert | January 27, 2014

Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue, Inc. will be hosting its second annual Heart to Heart fundraising event Feb. 8. The event will take place from noon to 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 505 Cayuga St. in Lewiston.

This year’s Heart to Heart fundraiser will be featuring a “Taste of the Niagara Region.” Local restaurants, bake shops and more will be sharing samples of some of their signature appetizers, main course items, as well as some tasty desserts. Guests will then vote on their favorite dish at the event, which will be named “The Best of the Taste of the Niagara Region.” Apple Granny’s, Schwebel’s and the Village Bake Shoppe will be among the many restaurants participating in Heart to Heart.

Heart to Heart will also feature a giant basket raffle. There will be more than 100 baskets to be raffled off, as well as some major prize items. The basket raffle will take place from noon to 6 p.m. and the baskets and major prize items drawing will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Participants do not need to be present to win.

Heart of Niagara will also have an informational table about the organization for those who may be interested in adoption or even volunteering.

Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue, Inc. was formed by Cyndi Luna, Margie Kwiatkowski, Kathy Nowakowski, and Linda van Harssel. After all volunteering at the SPCA for years, the four decided to set out on their own to help out animals in need.

“Where there’s an animal in need, we can go and help,” said Luna.

The organization has helped more than 125 animals find good homes not just in Niagara, but all across Buffalo. Heart of Niagara is a nonprofit organization, so it relies on the donations and generosity of the public. And, from what the women have seen so far, there has been much heart and generosity from the public.

“Last year at our first Heart to Heart fundraiser, we had a huge snowstorm, but everyone came despite the weather,” said Luna. “It was so amazing to see how much everyone cared about these animals.”

Tickets for the event will be $20 per person and will be available for purchase online or by check. Purchased tickets can be picked up at the door on the day of the event.

For more information about purchasing tickets or about the organization, contact 345-7129 or or visit

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