January 28, 2013

From left, Christine Hmiel, director of development for Habitat for Humanity Capital District, and Bill Corbett, president of Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar, Inc., accept a check from Lisa Stratton, director of community relations for CDPHP.

Three hundred CDPHP® employees, family and friends celebrated the kickoff of the 2013 Charity of Choice campaign as the Albany Devils took on the Adirondack Phantoms at the Times Union Center Saturday afternoon.This year, two organizations – Habitat for Humanity Capital District and Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar, Inc. – will benefit from the yearlong fundraising initiative at CDPHP. The two charities have partnered to provide hard-working, lower-income families with a chance to own a home and to prepare their children for high school graduation and higher education.

At the game, CDPHP presented the first fundraising check totaling $1,587.65 to representatives of Habitat for Humanity and Sponsor-A-Scholar.

“We are excited to assist two organizations that are incredibly dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. By providing much-needed educational opportunities and a safe home environment, Sponsor-A-Scholar and Habitat for Humanity help our communities grow and thrive,” said John D. Bennett, MD, president and CEO, CDPHP. “I have no doubt that CDPHP employees will go above and beyond once again to make the 2013 Charity of Choice campaign an overwhelming success.”

In addition to raising funds, CDPHP employees will have an opportunity to volunteer at Habitat’s Sheridan Hollow build site in Albany and serve as mentors for Sponsor-A-Scholar students.

“Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar is deeply appreciative and honors the vision of the CDPHP staff in choosing this great collaboration between us and Habitat for Humanity,” said Bill Corbett, president, Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar, Inc. “It is an honor to work with such fine organizations.”

“Habitat for Humanity Capital District is thrilled to partner with CDPHP and Sponsor-A-Scholar to ensure that hardworking families have a safe, decent place to live and that their children have the tools they need for success in education,” said Mike Jacobson, executive director, Habitat for Humanity Capital District. “These tools are sometimes as basic as having a room of their own to get a good night’s sleep, do their homework, and read a book. Until now, these basic comforts were only a hope and a dream. This collaboration strengthens the connection between housing, education and health as the pillars of strong, vibrant communities.

Last year, CDPHP selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region as its 2012 Charity of Choice, successfully raising $26,000 and recruiting two “Bigs.”

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