Two “Charities of Choice” to Benefit from 2012 CDPHP(R) Workforce Team Challenge

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Senior Services of Albany and Schoharie Recovery, Inc. have been selected by the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club (HMRRC) as the 2012 “charities of choice” for the CDPHP® Workforce Team Challenge event, to be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 6:25 p.m. in Albany, N.Y.

CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge

“We are thrilled that so many organizations and their employees continue to embrace this event and it’s especially gratifying that this year’s race will benefit these two local charities,” said John D. Bennett, MD, president and CEO, CDPHP.

Senior Services of Albany and Schoharie Recovery, Inc. have been selected by the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club (HMRRC) as the 2012 “charities of choice” for the CDPHP® Workforce Team Challenge event, to be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 6:25 p.m. in Albany, N.Y.

Each year the HMRRC chooses from a variety of applicants to select “charities of choice” that provide important programs and/or services in the community. As a result of the selection, each 2012 “charity of choice” will receive a portion of the proceeds from the race, and race participants are encouraged to add their own donation to the race fee when they register for the event. The charities selected will receive 100 percent of these individual donations.

“We are thrilled that so many organizations and their employees continue to embrace this event and the health and wellness values associated with it year after year, and it’s especially gratifying that this year’s race will benefit these two local charities and the vital work they do in our community,” said John D. Bennett, MD, president and CEO, CDPHP.

Senior Services of Albany is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing low-cost, high-quality services and programs to Capital Region older adults and their caregivers, with an emphasis on enhancing quality of life and fostering independence.

“Being chosen as one of the charities of choice this year makes all of the difference in the world to us and the people in need that we serve,” said Jane Schramm, executive director and CEO, Senior Services of Albany. “This welcome support enables us to continue to provide our community with vitally important aging related services in a time of growing need and limited financial resources. We cannot thank HMRRC and CDPHP enough for this exciting honor and recognition.”

Schoharie Recovery, Inc., is a neighbor-to-neighbor effort to match volunteers from all over the state and the nation to the needs of the homes, businesses, and communities of Schoharie, Gallupville, Central Bridge, and Esperance that have been impacted by Hurricane Irene.

“We are grateful to be selected as one of this year’s charities of choice for the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge event,” said Sarah Goodrich, who has been serving as volunteer center director for Schoharie Recovery, Inc. “Teamwork and goal-setting are key to the work we do to rebuild our communities, and these positive values are also evident in the spirit of this race. We are thrilled to be associated with this fantastic event.”

This year, the event is going green with the debut of an online team packet and registration system, which can be downloaded at http://www.cdphpwtc.com. Another innovative feature being introduced this year is the availability of the race course and event listing on the CDPHP® InMotionSM fitness tracker website and mobile application.

“Each year, participation in this race outpaces that of the previous year; in 2011, the race drew more than 9,200 runners and walkers,” noted Mike Rabideau, race director. “Geared toward the workforce in our community, the race is also an important funding source for local charities that provide essential community services.”

The CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge is a 3.5-mile road race for both runners and walkers that is open to teams of employees from corporations, businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, and not-for-profit corporations. The event is organized by, and serves as the major fundraiser for, HMRRC, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that was incorporated in 1971 and is one of the largest running clubs in the nation, with more than 2,500 members throughout the Capital Region. For the third year, Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc. (CDPHP) is serving as lead sponsor of the race. Questions about the race, teams, or registration can be directed to WTC_registration_information(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com.

About Senior Services of Albany
Senior Services of Albany is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing low-cost, high-quality services and programs to Capital Region older adults and caregivers, with an emphasis on enhancing quality of life and fostering independence. For over 60 years, this organization has proudly served and continues to serve seniors and caregivers throughout the Capital Region and understands the importance of seniors being able to remain independent in their own home. Their services and staff promote choice, independence, and dignity of those they serve. They do this with a wide array of services and staff of eldercare professionals sharply focused on helping make that a reality. Senior Services also offers a broad-based outreach program for caregivers. To find out more, visit http://seniorservicesofalbany.com/.

About Schoharie Recovery, Inc.
Schoharie Recovery, Inc. is a bold undertaking by a community devastated by floods whose efforts surround the repair, rebuild, and improvement of the community. Their mission is to assist recovery efforts in the village of Schoharie and surrounding areas by maximizing the effectiveness of coordinated volunteer efforts; to collaborate with other recovery programs in the village and town and those covering the entire county; and to facilitate comprehensive community planning and development. The effort is directed by a board of experienced community leaders and the tireless efforts of volunteer contributions by scores of residents, neighbors and friends from across the nation. For more information, visit http://www.schoharierecovery.org/.

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 2,500 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 nearly 30 running events a year at many different locations throughout the Capital District. These events offer something for everyone, novice and veteran alike. Visit HMRRC.

About CDPHP®
Established in 1984 as a physician-founded, member-focused, and community-based not-for-profit health plan, CDPHP and its affiliates are uniquely positioned to serve as a model of quality and health value, offering members in 24 counties throughout New York with a full array of innovative products. Visit CDPHP at http://www.cdphp.com or on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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