Thursday, February 7, 2008

Team Work Makes the Dream Work


** Funds Slated for Expansion of Kids Cafe Program Surpass Last Year’s Contributions **
In partnership with nearly 40 New York state businesses in the Capital Region, Hudson Valley and Central New York areas, CDPHP® raised nearly $23.5K during its 2007 annual holiday appeal to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York’s local expansion of the Kids Cafe® program.

A national program, Kids Cafes provide free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of existing community organizations where children congregate. Currently, the Capital Region houses Kids Cafe programs in Lansingburgh and Schenectady.

“We are very grateful to CDPHP and the organizations that joined their appeal to raise the much needed funds for the expansion of our Kids Cafe program,” said Mark Quandt, executive director, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. “Since launching the first local Kids Cafe in 2003, we have seen the need grow dramatically for additional sites throughout the region. This appeal will bring us one step closer to our goal of developing new locations.”

In addition to helping alleviate childhood hunger in the community, the Kids Cafe program offers a safe place where under the supervision of trustworthy staff, a child can get involved in educational, recreational, and social activities.

CDPHP launched the campaign with a donation of $5,000 and a commitment to match up to another $5,000 in donations from area businesses. Companies and organizations from counties across the state joined the appeal and contributed $13,380 to the Food Bank.

“CDPHP is pleased to lead the charge on an appeal that benefits such an amazing community resource as the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York,” said CDPHP President and CEO, William J. Cromie, MD, MBA. “We are very grateful to all of the donors who recognized the increasing number of children right here in the Capital Region who do not have access to three square meals daily. Our hope is that these funds will begin to improve this condition.”

The organizations that participated in the 2007 CDPHP Annual Holiday Appeal include:

Adirondack Cabling, Inc.
Akins Pharmacy
Albany Neuropsychological Associates
Anchor Agency, Inc.
Arthur Sgroi Associates
Beckman Converting, Inc.
Bloom & Bloom, P.C.
CapBen Consulting, Inc.
Capital Public Affairs, Inc.
Dr. Kathleen M. Catalano
The Costumer
CS Albany Realty, LLC
ESAC Appraisers Consultants
IBEW Local Union 236
Krause's Chocolates
JCB Specialties, Inc.
Mackenzie & Tallent Law Firm
Dr. Robert O. McCabe
Montgomery County Farm Bureau
Nedco Pharmacy, Inc.
NYS Office of General Services - Real Estate Planning and Development
Park Outdoor Advertising of NY, Inc.
R.J. Kennedy & Sons
Richard Altwerger, DPM
Rip Van Winkle Realty
Rubin Dialysis Center, Inc.
Russin Lumber Corp.
SAF Consulting & Print Services
Dr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Scharf
Sterling Insurance Company
Success Secrets
Van Auken Express, Inc.
Viscusi's Aluminum Products, Inc.
Weatherguard Roofing Company
Webster Direct Marketing, Inc.
Wood & Seward, LLP
For more than 20 years, CDPHP has served as a strong corporate citizen assisting hundreds of community organizations throughout its extensive service area. CDPHP has been recognized nationally and regionally with awards and honors by many organizations for its strong corporate citizenship, health and wellness programs, and its diverse health insurance products.

About CDPHP®
Founded and guided by physicians, CDPHP and its affiliates currently serve members in 29 counties throughout New York state and seven counties in Vermont. The four affiliated companies of CDPHP include a family of products: Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc.—HMO, Healthy New York, Medicare Choice, Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and Family Health Plus. CDPHP Universal Benefits Inc.® —PPO, High Deductible PPO, POS, and EPO. Capital District Physicians' Healthcare Network, Inc. —self-insured plans; and APA Partners, Inc. —third party administration (TPA). Visit CDPHP at

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