BUFFALO, N.Y. - The 2016 Catholic Charities Appeal surpassed its $11 million goal, with cash and pledges received totaling $11,108,356.45.

“On behalf of all those served by Catholic Charities and all those who have in any way contributed to this year’s success, I thank you for your support,” said Bishop Richard Malone.

Malone made the announcement at Kleinhans Music Hall Thursday night, immediately prior to the Forte Tenors concert. One hundred percent of the proceeds collected from the benefit concert featuring pop-opera tenor trio, which was held after the announcement, will directly support Catholic Charities’ programs and services.

Forte, best known for their finalist run on America's Got Talent in season eight (2013), played selections from their just released second CD, Future Classics.