Friday, June 02, 2006

Scientologists Spearhead a "Brighter Future for Buffalo"

I find it very exciting what the Church of Scientology of Buffalo is doing. Located in the heart of the city they are mobilizing other community groups to bring life and pride back to the city.

Here's a story about one of the activities they have undertaken to do this:

Forging a brighter future for any American city requires many shoulders to the wheel, and putting their weight behind a better Buffalo Wednesday night were community officials, leaders and parishioners of several local churches, and more than 100 community activists and dedicated Buffalonians.

The event was the Church of Scientology’s "Brighter Future for Buffalo" Jazz Night, featuring "Taylor Made Jazz," a group known for its humanitarian benefit performances. The venue was the Church’s community hall on Virginia and Main. The inspiration for the effort came from Mayor Byron Brown who has, in the city’s promotional literature and ads, urged citizens to work together in building a brighter future for the city. And even soul impresario Isaac Hayes added his shoulder from Harlem by contributing an effective tool for bringing greater respect and peace to the community.

Hosting the event as part of its "Creating a Brighter Future for Buffalo" campaign, the Church of Scientology of Buffalo honored Mark Fuller, executive director of the Stop the Violence Coalition with the Rev. Mary Lou Reile "Brighter Future for Buffalo" Award. "We applaud this coalition for being out there every day, on the front lines, whenever and wherever needed," said Teresa Reger, president of the Church in Buffalo. "Because of their non-stop efforts to make this city a brighter, safer place, I can’t think of a more deserving group to be the first recipient of this ’Brighter Future for Buffalo’ Award."

I beleive this is what Mr. David Miscavige was referring to in his speach at the Grand Opening of the Church of Scientology of Buffalo -- reaching out to use the technology of L. Ron Hubbard to really improve things in the community.

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