Three charities share $31,000 donation from the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge

ALBANY, N.Y., July 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Thanks to donations from the 2015 CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge, area food pantries will be stocked; at-risk youth will have an opportunity to improve their lives; and parents can memorialize a child who has passed away.

Three local charities – The Food Pantries for the Capital District, CEO, and The Brave Will Foundation – are sharing $31,216 from the annual road race. The Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club (HMRRC), which organizes the event, chooses nonprofit organizations each year and encourages participants to support the selected charities. This was a record year for donations!

"We truly appreciate the continued support of the race participants, vendors, and CDPHP. Thanks to their generosity, we are able to help multiple organizations each year," said Mark Warner, race director. "This year's charities of choice provide much-needed services in our communities. It is a pleasure to help them continue to fulfill their missions."

"It's our honor to help raise funds and spread the word about each of these wonderful organizations and all they do to help our family, friends, and neighbors," said John D. Bennett, president and CEO, CDPHP. "We applaud the efforts of HMRRC and thank all of the race participants who generously donated to such great causes."

Here is how each organization will use the money:

  • The Food Pantries is a coalition of 53 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga counties all working together to feed the hungry. The organization will use the $12,331 it received to fill the shelves of the member pantries with food.
  • CEO creates partnerships and develops opportunities for social and economic growth and empowerment in individuals, families and communities. The organization, which offers more than 20 programs designed to help people gain self-sufficiency and independence, received $8,602. The money will be used to support the construction of CEO's Urban Training Center, which will house the organization's YouthBuild program.
  • Brave Will, which provides services and support for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, received $10,283. The money will support the organization's SOAR (Steer Onward And Remember) program, which provides funding for families on the first anniversary of a child's passing, allowing them to spend that day doing something memorable in honor of their child.

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, Pinterest and Instagram.

About the Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club (HMRRC)

The Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club is the Albany area's largest running organization. The club was formed in 1971 and today has more than 3,000 members who come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life, as well as different running styles and speeds. Members are united in their love of running and desire to promote and participate in quality races and running-related activities. The club organizes more than 30 running events a year at many different locations throughout the Capital District. These events offer something for everyone, novice and veteran alike.


Source:Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc.