A Fundraiser to benefit Benjamin Krueger and Bill Moses will be held on January 21, 2006 at the North Bailey Fire Hall, 966 Sweethome Road, Amherst. New York. A Spaghetti Dinner will be served from 4-8 p.m. and provided by LeBro's Restaurant 330 Campbell Blvd.
Limited take-out will be available. Live entertainment will be provided along with a Silent Auction and 50/50 Split.
Additionally, the family is hoping to raffle off several items donated from local and national celebrities as well as sports memorabilia. Tickets are $20 per adult and $10 for children 12 and under. They may be purchased by contacting Bill's
uncle, Ken Moses at (716) 908-4072.
A few months ago, Bill went to his doctor for a routine physical. Because Bill was born with only one kidney, his doctor became concerned when he discovered that Bill's blood pressure was elevated. Additional testing revealed that Bill
was in the midst of kidney failure, his kidney functioning at 11%.
Testing for a live donor began with Bill's family members. Bill's half brother, Ben Krueger, immediately started the testing procedures to determine if he was a suitable donor. Ben was determined to be a good match and has begun further testing in his new home town of Seattle, Washington. If all goes well, surgery for Ben and Bill will take place sometime in February or
Bill was 20 years old when he was arrested for a DWI in September of 2000.
The following month, Bill attended a 28-day treatment program at Stutzman ATC. While at Stutzman ATC, Bill was encouraged to look into supportive living. He interviewed and was accepted into the "Oxford House" on Transit Road in Amherst. Bill moved in on November 1, 2000.
While living at Oxford House, he completed his Associates Degree in business at ECC North Campus. He was accepted as a transfer student to the MBA program. A summer job at NCO Financial quickly became a full-time position.
With the success Bill experienced at the Oxford House, he saw a need for this type of environment in the local treatment process. Bill founded a local chapter of Oxford House. While acting as chairman, Bill opened three new houses, including the first house in New York for women. Unfortunately, due to lack of support, the women's house is no longer open, although in its short life, it provided several women with a safe, sober place to live and a good start to long-term sobriety.
In 2002, Bill purchased his first house and turned it into an Oxford House.
Since that time, he has purchased two other homes with a fourth home set to close in January 2006. Staying involved with the local houses helps Bill to remember where he came from and keeps him from returning there. Bill is an active alumni as New York State does not have revolving fund loans or outreach workers. Without alumni help, Oxford House would not be able to survive. Bill takes donations of used appliances and other items for furnishing the Oxford Houses. For more information, please log on to the national website at www.oxfordhouse.org
Ben is a Computer Systems Administrator who currently resides in Seattle, Washington with his fiancÚ, Sarah. Together they operate a small art business out of their home where Sarah creates custom order sculptures. Ben and Sarah had planned to be married in Seattle on April 1, 2006, but have canceled their wedding plans due to the upcoming expected surgery. If all goes well, they are hoping to be married back home here in Buffalo on July
A member of the CarDomain network company, Ben devotes a great deal of his time and energy to keeping the computers and networks running smoothly.
Ben, a Buffalo native, graduated from City Honors High School in 1998 and attended SUNY at Fredonia. Ben sang with the St. Paul's Cathedral Boy's Choir for several years under the tutelage of Choirmaster Bruce Neswick and toured with the Choir to England in 1991. Looking for greener pastures, Ben relocated to Seattle a few years ago and has worked for various computer firms throughout the area. He spends much of his free time managing his personal internet servers, studying new technologies on the internet and computer security. An avid car enthusiast, he spends time working on his cars as well as friends' cars. He is an active member of his local Systems Administrators Guild as well as a number of local motorsports clubs. An amateur musician, Ben is a talented singer and guitarist who writes some of
his own music.
Funds are needed to fly Ben and Sarah home from Seattle as well as help with the expenses of the up-keep of their home in Seattle while Ben is in Buffalo undergoing surgery and the subsequent recovery period. The family is seeking donations of money and items to raffle and auction at the Fundraising event. More information is available by contacting Ben's mom, Maureen Macguire Kielt at (716) 536-2438.