|Corey Coogan from Elmwood Drive led worship at Buffalo United's Rise Event Friday Night|
The group of worshippers behind Buffalo United and their first annual event "Rise" held Friday November 11 at Resurrection Life Church in Cheektowaga attracted an estimated 17 churches and over 200 people, another sign of collaboration and unity within evangelical churches in Western New York. Led by organizer and drummer Matt Crouch with Corey Coogan from the band Elmwood Drive leading the hour and a half of worship, the event attracted a diverse age group of attendees including many youth. Kyle Patterson, UNITE Magazine Editor spoke at the event encouraging attendees to pour out their lives before the Lord referencing the life of Mary of Bethany who poured out her time at Jesus' feet and broke her expensive bottle of perfume anointing the Lord for burial. Patterson stated, "I can't think of a better way for the Church in WNY to unite than through prayer and worship, like what is happening here tonight."