ALL ADAMS FAIRACRE FARMS STORES TO HOST EVENT
POUGHKEEPSIE — Saturday, December 15, 2012 has been declared Organ Donor Awareness Day in Dutchess County, County Executive Marcus Molinaro announced today at a press conference held at Adams Fairacre Farms in Poughkeepsie.
The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce presented the event where the announcement was made, with President and CEO Charles S. North presiding. Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro said, “We are pleased to partner with Adams Fairacre Farms and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to get the word out about the importance of becoming an organ donor. Each of us has the ability to offer the gift of life – truly the greatest gift one can ever give. The process is simple and the impact is life-changing.”
This Saturday, Adams Fairacre Farms has invited representatives from the New York Organ Donor Network to be in each of their four stores from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be a total of 20 representatives conducting educational conversations and enrollment completions for any interested customers.
The New York Organ Donor Network is the nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) for the greater New York Metropolitan area. It works closely with transplant centers and hospitals to coordinate organ, tissue and eye donation for transplant in the New York region; educate the public and health care professionals about donation and transplantation; and promote the importance of signing up on the New York State Donate Life Registry.
The importance of organ, tissue and eye donation came to the forefront of awareness at Adams Fairacre Farms last year, when owner Pat Adams received a heart transplant. One year later, Adams is healthy and active as ever. He and his wife, Barb, as well as many others at Adams, are committed to helping spread the word about the need for donors.
Pat Adams feels that December 15 is a perfect date for the annual Organ Donor Awareness Day. “It epitomizes the spirit of giving.” And at Adams, honoring the day with informational resources presents another way to give back to the community, which is one of the company’s long-standing traditions.
In New York State alone, more than 10,000 residents are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. There are 115,000 people waiting for a life saving transplant nationally. More statistics:
- 20% of NY State residents are enrolled to be organ donors, compared with 44% statewide nationally. New York State ranks near to the bottom of the list on number of total enrollments
- Every 15 hours, a New Yorker dies waiting for a transplant.
- Every 2½ hours, a person’s name is added to the national transplant waiting list.
“Organ donation truly saves lives,” said Dutchess County Commissioner of Health Michael C. Caldwell, MD, MPH. “One person who donates organs can save up to eight lives while a tissue donor can improve 50 more lives by restoring eyesight, helping fight infection in burn patients, and preventing the loss of arms or legs. Anyone can become a donor. A person’s medical history or age does not automatically exclude him or her from becoming a donor.”
“Enrolling as an organ donor is simple and easy,” said Dutchess County Clerk Bradford Kendall. “When you are getting your license renewed or applying for a new license at the Dutchess County Department of Motor Vehicles, you can give your consent to be an organ donor and it will be right on the front of your license. Such an easy step can change a life for the better.”
“By enrolling more organ donors, we can save the lives of New Yorkers in need of life saving transplants,” said James Pardes, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the New York Organ Donor Network. “We thank Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and his Administration for declaring a countywide Organ Donor Awareness Day and for placing the important issue of organ donation and transplantation in the spotlight. We also appreciate the extraordinary work that Adams Fairacre Farms is doing to raise awareness about organ donation.”
“The success of organ transplant is due to continuing progress in the field of cardiovascular disease science and research and through the selfless act of becoming an organ donor. At the holiday season or any time of the year, giving life really is the greatest gift of all,” said Steven Kelley, American Heart Association Chairman and President and CEO of Ellenville Regional Hospital. “Though we can do more than ever to treat severe heart disease, it is vitally important for people to understand that heart disease can be prevented in many cases by a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet enough physical activity, avoidance of tobacco smoke and control of factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and overweight.”
“The Chamber is proud to connect the local business community with our public officials and the Organ Donor Network to make this special day happen,” said Charles S. North, President and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We like to say Think Local First, but in this case it’s Give Local First, and what better way to help one another than pledging to be a organ donor.”
Established in 1978, the New York Organ Donor Network is the second largest OPO in the United States, serving a culturally and ethnically diverse population of 13 million people. It works closely with 10 transplant centers, more than 90 hospitals, and various tissue and eye banks. The Donor Network is accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which oversees the organ transplant waiting list in the U.S. For more information on organ donation, or to register to be a donor in New York State, visit www.donatelifeny.org.
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“The holidays got a little brighter for area Boy Scouts Monday thanks to a donation from a local business to replace 60 Christmas trees that were stolen last week from a scouting fundraiser.”
“Adams Fairacre Farms in the town of Ulster donated 40 Christmas trees to replace some of those stolen from the fundraiser in the Burlington Coat Factory parking lot on U.S. Route 9W, said Ray Braun, executive director of the Boy Scouts of America’s Rip Van Winkle Council. He said Adams had also arranged for one of its wholesale florists to donate another 20 trees.”
“Jason Becker, nursery manager for Adams, said he has been selling Christmas trees for more than 20 years. After he heard about the theft, he said, he felt very badly for the scouts who were trying to raise money.”
“‘It bothered me,’ Becker said of last week’s theft. He said he spoke to the owners of Adams and was able to donate 40 trees. Becker said he also contacted one of Adams’ wholesalers, Alders Wholesale Florist in Newburgh, which agreed to donate another 20 trees to the scouts.”
“‘I just felt like it was the right thing to do,’ Becker said.”
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“The Dutchess County Economic Development Corp. believes the Adams family’s tenacity deserves recognition. This year, Adams Fairacre Farms is the county agency’s grand award winner for business excellence — an acknowledgment that includes a dinner reception with more than 300 people, a trophy and bragging rights.”
“The supermarket cost more than $18 million to build, the economic development agency said. It provided 50 construction jobs and 250,000 employment hours for local construction workers, according to Journal archives.”
“‘Since the store opened, it has created another 200 jobs, bringing the total to 1,000 at all four locations’, Adams company spokesman William Lessner said.”
Interviewer: “Are all of the stores exactly alike?”
Mark: “No, they each have their own personalities and grow to meet the needs of their communities. However, the quality and concepts are the same.”
Interviewer: “So it is still a family business?”
Mark: “Very much so. Ralph at 89 still comes in to inspect the truckloads of produce that arrive—often at 5 a.m. But the family feel comes not only from the Adamses themselves, but from many of the workers, who are the sons and daughters of former employees or the brothers, sisters and cousins of some of our staff. So there is a real family atmosphere of people working together to make it a nice experience for everyone.”
Congratulations to Greg White, Adams Assistant Controller and Mike Deciutiis, Adams IT Manager on completion of the 2012 Leadership Dutchess program. Also noteworthy, their class raised $30,000 toward non-profit scholarships for next’s years class, 4 local non-profits that they worked with this year, and rebuilding America projects.
The Leadership Dutchess Program is funded through the Chamber Foundation. It is a nine month program that offers local professionals the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills. The development of strong leaders is essential for making positive, long term changes in our communities and in the world of business. Expert instructors provide participants with new innovative concepts and ideas to strengthen their leadership abilities. Participants engage in field discussions, interactive exercises, community service and networking. The 2012 Leadership Dutchess Class is made up of non-profit and for-profit business members from around the Dutchess County area. All participants share the same goal of giving back to their community and maintaining a strong, thriving Dutchess County.