Fundraising Campaign Nets $44,530 for the American Red Cross

ALBANY, NY, N.Y., Jan. 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CDPHP® employees marked the end of another successful Charity of Choice campaign by donating $44,530 to the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, surpassing their original goal of $35,000.

The money raised will go toward numerous local Red Cross programs and services in our communities, including emergency preparedness education and disaster assistance. The yearlong effort gave CDPHP employees a chance to participate in dozens of fundraisers (like bake sales, bowling nights, and plant sales) for the Red Cross and take part in volunteer and training opportunities, such as blood drives and hands-only CPR classes.

"It was a great honor to have the American Red Cross as our Charity of Choice this past year. The organization is a vital part of our community, providing comfort, assistance, and education to thousands of people in our region. I am proud of our employees' enthusiastic – and highly successful – efforts to support the Red Cross," said John D. Bennett, president and CEO, CDPHP.

"The Red Cross is truly honored to have been selected as CDPHP's 2014 Charity of Choice. On behalf of all those we serve across Northeastern New York, we extend our sincere gratitude to CDPHP and their outstanding employees, who went above and beyond not only to support our work financially, but to engage and give back throughout the year as Red Cross volunteers and blood donors," said Gary Striar, Red Cross regional chief executive officer.
For the 2015 Charity of Choice campaign, CDPHP has selected Northern Rivers Family Services, which is the umbrella organization for Northeast Parent & Child Society and Parsons Child and Family Center, two of the largest and oldest family service agencies in New York's Capital Region. The charity's focus is protecting children, preserving families, and strengthening communities.

Photo caption: From left: John Bennett, MD, president and CEO, CDPHP, presents a check for $44,530 to Gary Striar, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross of Northeastern New York.

About CDPHP®

Established in 1984, CDPHP is a physician-founded, member-focused and community-based not-for-profit health plan that offers high-quality affordable health insurance plans to members in 24 counties throughout New York. CDPHP is also on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit

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Source:Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc.