BUFFALO, NY - Next May, 7,000 people are expected to join hands along the length of Ferry Street, from the Niagara River to Bailey Avenue, to celebrate Buffalo's diversity and unity.
"Hands Across Buffalo" is the brainchild of a local community organization whose stated mission is to promote diversity and challenge poverty in the City of Buffalo.
"It doesn't matter where you live, it doesn't matter the color of your skin, it truthfully doesn't matter the education," said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz at a press event held to announce the initiative on Thursday. "Depending on how it goes in your life at any one moment, you may be in a situation, where you are at our below the poverty level and need assistance from the community."
Programming scheduled to accompany the event will showcase the different backgrounds and histories that make up the Western New York community. Funding for the event has been provided by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.
Anyone can sign up to join Hands Across Buffalo or donate to the cause. Details are available on the Hands Across Buffalo website.