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Fundraiser to benefit the work of both organizations and the families they serve.

Buffalo, NY – Gateway Longview and New Directions Youth & Family Services are gearing up for the 13th Annual BBQ & Brews Bash: Backyard Edition on Wednesday, May 19th. Due to the pandemic, this year will be a virtual experience. Attendees can expect a great silent auction and raffle and a video presentation. Proceeds benefit over 10,000 Western New York children and families who receive support from Gateway Longview and New Directions Youth & Family Services, two agencies committed to protecting and fostering good for children, youth, and families in Western New York.

“By joining forces with New Directions, event supporters will impact more local children and families than ever before,” said Board Chair Michael Ervin.

“The collaboration of our two organizations allows us to expand our reach and increase the impact of this great event,” said Carolyne DeFranco, CEO of Gateway Longview. “We are so thankful for all of our sponsors and auction donors, they make our work possible.”

“Through our continued collaboration with Gateway Longview, New Directions has the opportunity to enhance the impact and scope of the event, raising needed funds as essential service providers during these difficult times. We are grateful for the generosity of our community partners, ensuring a successful event,” said James Coder, CEO of New Directions.

Auction items will go live on Monday, May 17th and the auction will close at 8:30pm on the 19th. Winners will be notified via email after the event closes. This event is generously sponsored by, Ellicott Development, Independent Health, Colecraft Commercial Furnishings Inc., Nottingham Advisors, Lawley Insurance, Walsh Duffield, Employee Benefit Concepts, Alesco Advisors, Try-It Distributing, Labatt, Audacy, Upstate Pharmacy, Personal Touch Food Service, Amherst Security Professionals, and BXI Consultants. Sponsorship packages are available with all proceeds benefiting Gateway Longview and New Directions Youth & Family Services, directly impacting over 10,000 Western New York children and families served by the agencies.

Registration is free and open now! Those who wish to bid and participate in the event can visit

ABOUT GATEWAY LONGVIEW Gateway Longview cares for over 5,000 children and families annually from across Western New York through behavioral health and community-based services, residential treatment and special education programs. As a not-for-profit agency, Gateway Longview is committed to working together to protect, to give hope, and to enrich the lives of every child and family served. For more information about Gateway Longview, please visit

ABOUT NEW DIRECTIONS YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES New Directions Youth and Family Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency with a heritage going back 150 years. Its mission is to foster resilient, self-reliant families and permanence for at-risk children in the shortest time possible, by promoting safe, respectful, responsible, and goal-directed behavior. The agency’s mission is promoted through dedicated, caring staff and by employing its treatment philosophy of Normative Culture. For more information about New Directions Youth and Family Services, please visit

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