Price Chopper/Market 32 And Freihoferís Complete Fundraising Effort

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Price Chopper/Market 32 and its trade partner Freihofer's have raised more than $200,000 to benefit three organizations: Muscular Dystrophy Association, Cure Rare Disease, and the Melodies Center at Albany Medical Center Hospital.
 
"Price Chopper/Market 32 and Freihofer's have partnered in the fight against muscular diseases and childhood cancer for decades," said Pam Cerrone, Price Chopper/Market 32's director of community relations. "We are pleased that, with the help of our customers, we were able to raise such substantial support for these organizations."
 
The supermarket chain promoted the purchase of specific Freihofer's products in its stores with a designated donation to the charities. In March and April of 2020, the program raised $37,000 for MDA; in May and June, it raised $33,745 for Cure Rare Disease. It also raised $133,160 from July through February for Melodies Center at Albany Med, for a total of $203,905. 
 
"It continues to be in our culture to give back to the families and communities that we serve," said Paul Losavio, customer executive for Freihofer's.
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Veteran Spotlight: Sgt. Maj. Michael King

By Wayne SoaresSpecial to iBerkshires
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This week's Veteran Spotlight subject is retired Army Sgt. Maj. Michael King, who now leads the Berkshire Veteran Outreach Center.
 
King grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and served his country from 1993 to 2015. He enlisted at the age of 18 and was sent to basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala. 
 
"It was definitely a culture shock," he recalled. "I learned about biscuits and gravy from the mess hall, which I found delicious ... remember an obscene amount of heat and humidity."
 
King's first assignment was at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., where he served in law enforcement as an military police officer. From there, King was assigned to the former Johnston Island Air Force Base — 800 miles southwest of Hawaii — that is now a wildlife preserve.
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