The Castellana Foundation donates back-to-school supplies to hundreds of children of Vaverde de Mao, Dominican Republic with help from Ministerios Palabra de vida Eterna

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The Castellana FoundationWestern Beef, and their parent company Cactus Holdings Inc.,and Peter Castellana III on behalf of The Castellana family are proud to announce their support for the children of Vaverde de Mao as they head back to school. The Castellana Foundation in partnership with the local church, Ministerios Palabra de vida Eterna, were able to provide back to school supplies for hundreds of children in the area. The Castellana Foundation supports education and believes that it is essential for children to be prepared for school in order to get the most out of their education.

 

For more information on this initiative, please reach out to info@cactusholdings.com.

The Castellana Foundation and Western Beef partner with Gersh Academy for Students on the Autism Spectrum on vocational skills program

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The Castellana FoundationWestern Beef, and their parent company Cactus Holdings Inc.,and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family are proud to announce their support for Gersh Academy for Students on the Autism Spectrum. Western Beef has been a partner with Gersh Academy for approximately three years.

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Through this partnership, Gersh offers their students a vocational opportunity near their campus in West Hempstead, NY. This program helps students build real life work experience.

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For more information on this program, please read the following Q&A provided from our partners at Gersh Academy:

“Q: How long has Gersh Academy worked with Western Beef In West Hempstead?
A: Gersh Academy has been working with Western Beef in West Hempstead for approximately the last three years.
 
Q: How do our students like working there?
A: Our students love working there, they are always excited for this vocational opportunity, and since it’s so close to our school, there is a real sense of community when they work there.
 
Q: How did Gersh come about working with Western Beef and creating that relationship?
A: Gersh is always looking for opportunities where our students can get real life work experience.  With real life work experience, we try to seek out what an actual work day will look like, including how to get to work.  Travel Training with our students includes walking to different work sites, as well as utilizing public transportation.  This made Western Beef an easy choice.  When initializing the relationship, Sonny, (I believe the store manager at the time) helped to facilitate the relationship, as is always accommodating whenever we are working there.
 
Q: Can you share with us a positive experience you’ve had with Western Beef and your students?
A: It’s hard to mention just one, as over the course of our relationship, there have been so many students that have greatly benefited from this vocational opportunity.  One time does stand out though, when I was visiting our students working at Western Beef, I noticed how all the students couldn’t wait for their opportunity to help customers bag their items.  Typically we break up students into doing multiple different tasks, and then rotating them, so that they can experience different job roles, but it seemed as though all the students couldn’t wait to interact with customers.  That was special to me, that our students were so comfortable at the work site that they wanted to interact with people.
 
In closing, I just wanted to reiterate how great of an opportunity working at Western Beef has been for our students.  They learn real life skills that they can transfer to real life jobs down the road.  The staff and management are always so supportive and patient with our students, and together we are truly making a future for these students.  We are Changing Lives!”
Western Beef and The Castellana Foundation are grateful for the invaluable experience of partnering with the faculty and students of Gersh Academy and look forward to being a partner for years to come.

Western Beef sponsors African Advisory Council Bronx Week Soccer Tournament

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Published by ModernGhana.com; written by Edwin Molina

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. presented the 2019 African Advisory Council Bronx Week Soccer Tournament championship trophy to Team Senegal, beating Team Benin, on Sunday, May 18, 2019, during the 48th annual Bronx Week Parade.

Team Senegal led throughout most of championship match before Team Benin tied the game up 1-1 late in the second half, taking the game to penalty kicks to decide the champion. Team Senegal edged out Team Benin 2-1 in penalty kicks to win the title.

Team Senegal was one of 12 teams representing various African nations that played every Saturday and Sunday this spring at Macombs Dam Park, in the shadows of iconic Yankee Stadium – home of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) New York Yankees and Major League Soccer’s (MLS) NYCFC soccer club – to determine a Bronx African soccer champion.

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Two-time defending champions Team Gambia, who were looking to win third championship title in a row, were eliminated in the qualifying stages.

This year’s African Advisory Council Bronx Week Soccer Tournament was sponsored by Royal Air Maroc, Western Beef and Bronx Cares.

Both the soccer tournament and the African Advisory Council were created in 2010, with help from Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in order to make African immigrants in the borough become more engaged in local government and to unite our diverse African diaspora.

“The passion for ‘the Beautiful Game’ unites people from around the globe, and it’s no different here in The Bronx, as our African Advisory Council Bronx Week Soccer Tournament has shown year after year,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “This pan-African tournament showcases that love of soccer as a binding force among our ever-growing Bronx African community. I want to thank everyone who participated in this wonderful tournament, including the two-time defending champions Gambia, finalist Team Benin and the newly-crowned champions Team Senegal, for a hard-fought championship campaign.”

The Castellana Foundation proudly announces support for NYPD’s semi-pro football team, NY’s Finest

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The Castellana FoundationWestern Beef, and their parent company Cactus Holdings Inc.,and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family are proud to announce their support NY’s Finest football team. This is the second time that the the Castellana Foundation has supported NY’s Finest in obtaining new gear, pay for travel, fees, and purchasing snacks and beverages. It’s a small gesture towards members of our community who provide an invaluable services for our safety and well being. It is our honor to give back to those who give our communities so much. We thank the NYPD and NY’s Finest for all that they do.

The Castellana Foundation proudly supports HB Studio of Greenwich Village

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The Castellana Foundation, Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family, Western Beef and parent company Cactus Holdings, proudly support HB Studio in the Manhattan neighborhood of Greenwich Village. Through support from The Castellana Foundation, HB Studio is able to invest in the preservation of their historic buildings and provide the environment necessary for its staff, students and faculty to explore and enrich their artistic talents.

Here is more information on HB Studio, taken from their website:

“Conceived as an artistic and working home, the Herbert Berghof Studio offers an outlet for practice and growth for the professional theatre artist and an opportunity for the young to establish roots in their intended craft. The Studio’s guiding principle is creative freedom, which has as its logical consequence, a responsibility to a noble art.”

 

The Castellana Foundation proudly supports The De La Salle School in their 17th Annual Spring Gala

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The Castellana Foundation, Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family, Western Beef and parent company Cactus Holdings, proudly support Church The De La Salle School of Freeport, NY in support of their 17th Annual Spring Gala through a donation.

Here’s an overview of what The La Salle School is from their website:

“The De La Salle School is a Catholic School in the Diocese of Rockville Centre that shares in the Lasallian heritage and exists to provide a quality education for young men from economically disadvantaged circumstances.

We nurture each student’s growth, spiritually, academically, socially and physically in collaboration with his parent(s) and guardian(s).  

We emphasize respect, responsibility, leadership and service, thereby preparing the young men to be caring citizens of the world.”

Contributions go towards supporting the school’s Graduate Support Program. Please visit their website so you can see how you can get involved and make a difference.

 

The Castellana Foundation proudly joins The Office of the Bronx Borough President and the BOEDC in support of the 2019 African Nations Soccer Tournament

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The Castellana Foundation, Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family, Western Beef and parent company Cactus Holdings, proudly support the 2019 African Nations Soccer Tournament taking place at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx between April 13th and May 18th 2019. The Castellana Fondation joins The Bronx Borough President Office and The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation in support of this tournament.

The Castellana Foundation proudly supports Church of the Advent Westbury for their Annual Strawberry Fair

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The Castellana Foundation, Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family, Western Beef and parent company Cactus Holdings, proudly support Church of the Advent Westbury for their Annual Strawberry Fair.

The annual fair serves as an outreach program for the Wstbury Neighborhood House, Nassau Juvenile Detention Center, their annual toy drive, Thanksgiving baskets to local schools, as well as providing support for the Westbury local public schools and youth programs.

For more information on Church of the Advent please visit their website and see how you too can make a difference.

The Castellana Foundation assists in building houses for families in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala

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The Castellana Foundation, Peter Castellana III and Michael Castellana on behalf of the Castellana family, Cactus Holdings and parent company Cactus Holdings, proudly support Fundepaz NYC in effort to provide housing to the people of the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. In an initiative led by Michael Castellana, The Castellana Foundation provided three homes to families in need of Guatamala and the Dominican Republic.

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Here is more information on Fundepaz NYC:

“It is a non-profit organization legally constituted in the United States (Tax deductible – IRS 501 C (3) Charitable Status), created and led by Father Luis Fernando Echeverri since 2001, in New York. FUNDEPAZ NYC, began promoting social and pastoral projects of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe de Antioquia (Colombia), having as priority the peasants and indigenous displaced by violence, but over the years other projects are being developed in other countries.

We are a group of Latinos with a spirit of solidarity willing to create a Bridge of solidarity from the United States to promote development and change in Colombia, in the Dominican Republic or anywhere in the world where poverty and hunger are the common denominator and so with small projects improve the quality of their lives.”

Here is a letter from Fudepaz NYC in thanks for the efforts from The Castellana Foundation:

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The Castellana Foundation builds houses for families in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala

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The Castellana Foundation, Peter Castellana III and Michael Castellana on behalf of the Castellana family, Cactus Holdings and parent company Cactus Holdings, proudly support Fundepaz NYC in effort to provide housing to the people of the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. In an initiative led by Michael Castellana, The Castellana Foundation provided three homes to families in need of Guatamala and the Dominican Republic.

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Here is more information on Fundepaz NYC:

“It is a non-profit organization legally constituted in the United States (Tax deductible – IRS 501 C (3) Charitable Status), created and led by Father Luis Fernando Echeverri since 2001, in New York. FUNDEPAZ NYC, began promoting social and pastoral projects of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe de Antioquia (Colombia), having as priority the peasants and indigenous displaced by violence, but over the years other projects are being developed in other countries.

We are a group of Latinos with a spirit of solidarity willing to create a Bridge of solidarity from the United States to promote development and change in Colombia, in the Dominican Republic or anywhere in the world where poverty and hunger are the common denominator and so with small projects improve the quality of their lives.”

Here is a letter from Fudepaz NYC in thanks for the efforts from The Castellana Foundation:

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