2017 Charitable Highlights
A big thank you to all our PA members for contributing your time and
charitable efforts during the holidays and throughout the year!
Please take a moment to look at the collection of charitable efforts that our PA Members were a part of in 2017.
Jerry Ambrogi Charity Dinner
Hosted the first annual Jerry Ambrogi Charity Dinner during the 2017 Produce Alliance National Conference. This event honored the life and legacy of Jerry Ambrogi, one of the original members of Produce Alliance, who lost his battle with cancer last year. Jerry was a longtime supporter of the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens, an organization focused on fundraising and providing support in the community for local citizens with intellectual disabilities. The DFRC was the honorary recipient of the 2017 charitable support generated by this Dinner with about $50,000 raised for the organization to continue Jerry’s legacy.
2017 Step Up for Kids for Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago
PA employees and friends joined Team PA to climb 81 flights of stairs to raise money for the annual Step Up for Kids challenge in support of patients and families at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Team PA also volunteered to help organize and run the event.
Support for our Local Communities
PA empMembers of PA donated time to their community churches, schools, non-profits, youth organizations, and other local groups. For example, Vince, Dale, and Cory out of Salinas coached a local youth baseball team in the area.
Spotlight on Brighter Bites
PA PA hosted Lisa Helfman, co-founder and representative of Brighter Bites, a philanthropic organization focused on getting fresh produce and nutrition education into the hands and minds of children and their families. Ms. Helfman was PA’s honored guest at the 2017 PA PMA Cocktail Reception, and inspired other guests with her presentation regarding the value of service in all communities. PA continues to support Brighter Bites in its mission to create communities of health through fresh foods.
PA Pink Out
PA offices participated in a “pink out,” wearing pink and giving and collecting donations which were provided to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Members of the Buffalo Grove and Chicago PA offices gave their time to helping the Greater Chicago Food Depository repack produce and other foods to create meals. PA’s assistance helped get over 10,000 meals to the Cook County community.
Southern California Firefighter Support
In PA rallied its grower, packers, and shippers to help deliver fresh produce, water and other supplies to the brave men and women fighting around the clock against the Southern California wildfires.