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  • Tickets still available for Window of Hope luncheon

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  • Tickets are still available for Catholic Charities of Herkimer County’s eighth annual Window of Hope Award Luncheon, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12.
    This year’s Window of Hope Award will be presented to John Seymour and Dan Haslauer and the first responders to the events of March 13.
    Local police and fire departments, state police, the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Department and MOVAC will be recognized for responding to the shootings.
    Harry Montgomery, Michael Ransear, Michael Renshaw and Thomas Stefka, who lost their lives in the shootings, along with FBI K-9 Ape, will be memorialized at the luncheon.
    The event will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Francesca’s Banquet Facility in Ilion. Tickets are $20 a person.
    New this year to the event is a raffle with a grand prize of up to $10,000 or half of the ticket sales. Up to 1,000 tickets will be sold. Donation is $20 and ticket-holders need not be present to win. Ticket sales will benefit Catholic Charities’ Emergency Assistance and local agency programs. The drawing is scheduled to take place at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 at Francesca’s.
    To reserve tickets for the luncheon or to purchase raffle tickets, call Catholic Charities at 894-9917.
    Seymour and Haslauer were injured March 13 when Mohawk resident Kurt Myers opened fire on four men in John’s Barber Shop in Mohawk. Myers then drove to Herkimer, where he shot two men at Gaffey’s Fast Lube. He holed up in the former Glory Days building and was killed the following morning when law enforcement personnel stormed the building.
    The Window of Hope Award was established in 2006 to honor individuals and organizations that work to assist those in need in Herkimer County, especially those who assist Catholic Charities in providing services to residents of the region, according to Terry Leonard, executive director of Catholic Charities.
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