ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. has announced the launch of its newest campaign to raise funds to benefit Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, the children's hospital for New York's Hudson Valley region. From November 1 through November 22, ShopRite stores throughout Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties will collect donations at checkout and host in-store activities and events to support the hospital's mission to provide the very best in advanced pediatric care to the region's most seriously ill and injured children.
For the second year, ShopRite has partnered with Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), to support the hospital's commitment to provide care to more than 30,000 critically ill infants and children each year. With over $300,000 raised to date, the funds raised provide lifesaving and life-changing care to thousands of local children each year, including those in need of open heart surgery, brain surgery, cancer treatment, trauma and burn care, organ transplants and more.
"We are honored to stand beside Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and its efforts, which have a tremendous impact on so many children and families in the communities our stores serve," said Tom Urtz, vice president of operations, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. "The hard work and creativity of our store associates coupled with the generous contributions from our customers make it possible to support this partnership, which is very near and dear to our hearts. We continue to hear stories about the wonderful care and guidance our customers - and employees - have received from the staff at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital during tough times, as having an ill or injured child can be incredibly challenging. It's an amazing feeling to be able to help make a difference."
In addition to donations collected at checkout, ShopRite will raise funds through various in-store activities coordinated by store associates, including raffles, kids' crafts, in-store events with local families who have directly benefitted from the hospital's services and more. To supplement the in-store campaign, ShopRite will lend its support during Maria Fareri Children's Hospital's 11th annual 100.7 WHUD Children's Miracle Network Radiothon, which will take place November 18 - 19 from 5:30AM - 7:00PM and November 20 from 5:30AM - 10:00AM. ShopRite representatives will participate in the Radiothon on November 20, and 100 percent of the funds raised will benefit local children in need.
"We are very grateful for the support provided by ShopRite, from its enthusiastic associates to its generous customers," said Michael Gewitz, M.D., Physician-in-Chief, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. "The partnership we have developed with ShopRite over the past few years has helped us continue to provide the most advanced care to our patients. On behalf of the staff of Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, and the local children and families who benefit from our services, I would like to thank everyone involved for their dedicated efforts. It truly makes a difference."
Participating ShopRite stores include Bedford, Carmel, Chester, Cortlandt, Croton, Ellenville, Fishkill, Greenway, Kingston, Liberty, Middletown, Monroe, Montague, Montgomery, Monticello, Newburgh, New Rochelle, New Paltz, Scarsdale, Poughkeepsie, Thornwood, Tuckahoe, Vails Gate, Wallkill, Warwick and White Plains.
The Yonkers Shoprite participant is located at Raises 278 Tuckahoe Rd, Yonkers, NY 10710