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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The Castellana Foundation helps raise funds for Cycle for Survival cancer research fundraiser

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The Castellana Foundation proudly announces its support for Cycle for Survival cancer research fundraiser. The Castellana Foundation’s involvement is being led by Anthony Brannan, leading principal of Metro Holdings & Development, the strategic partner of many of Cactus Holdings real estate developments. This is Anthony’s 6th year participating in the fundraiser. Cycle for Survival has raised over $41 million so far this year, beating last years number of $39 million.

Here’s a brief description of the non-profit organization Cycle for Survival from their website:

“Half of all patients are fighting a rare cancer.

About 50 percent of people with cancer have a rare cancer. Rare cancers include brain, pancreatic, ovarian, stomach, all types of pediatric cancers, and many others. Even though they account for about half of all cancer diagnoses when combined, research on many rare cancers is drastically underfunded, often leaving patients with limited or no treatment options. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center—the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center—is committed to changing that reality. MSK’s close collaboration between doctors and researchers is a unique strength: new drugs and therapies developed in the lab can be moved quickly to patients’ bedsides.

Cycle for Survival’s indoor team cycling events raise funds that are critical for rare cancer research.

100% of every donation to Cycle for Survival is directly allocated to research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center within six months of the events. The donations go to pioneering research and clinical trials, and have already led to new and better treatments for cancer patients worldwide. Memorial Sloan Kettering researchers collaborate with institutions around the world, and have led the way in developing new ways to diagnose and treat cancer. If you want to fight back against cancer, join us!”

The Castellana Foundation, on behalf of Cactus Holdings, Western Beef, the Castellana family, and strategic partner Metro Holdings & Development, proudly supports Cycle for Survival and intends to continue supporting the cause of researching cancer in hopes of one day obtaining a cure which will save lives and endless heartache to countless families and communities. To learn more or to donate, please visit Cycle for Survival’s website.

The Castellana Foudation proudly supports The Adaptive Sports Foundation in their Warriors in Motion 2019 event

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The Castellana Foundation, Cactus HoldingsWestern Beef and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family is proud to announce support for the Adaptive Sports Foundation of Windham, New York in their Warriors in Motion 2019 Learn to Ski and Ride Festival.

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“The Adaptive Sports Foundation’s Warriors in Motion program provides wounded warriors with a basic knowledge of wellness and the importance of practicing lifelong healthful living. Warriors engage in sports, outdoor activity, and recreation. In addition, warriors are encouraged to investigate how the physical self is tied to the emotional/psychological self, as well as how state-of-mind can affect the physical body. The Adaptive Sports Foundation is also a national program provider for Wounded Warrior Project®’s Physical Health and Wellness division.”

“The Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) is a non-profit organization that provides profound and life changing experiences for children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities and chronic illnesses through outdoor physical activity, education, support and community.”

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For more information on this incredible organization or to learn how you can get involved then please visit their website and make a difference today.

The Castellana Foundation supports Make the Children Smile at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

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The Castellana Foundation, Cactus Holdings, subsidiary Western Beef, and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family proudly supports Make the Children Smile which was held at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in Manhattan. The even included gifts for children as well as entertainment. The monetary and toy donation was coordinated by Cactus Holdings’ Chief Security Officer Zur Apter. 
NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, located in New York City, offers the best available care in every area of pediatrics — including the most complex neonatal and critical care, and all areas of pediatric subspecialties — in a family-friendly and technologically advanced setting. Building a reputation for more than a century as one of the nation’s premier children’s hospitals, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and is Manhattan’s only hospital dedicated solely to the care of children and one of the largest providers of children’s health services in the tri-state area with a long-standing commitment to its community. It is also a major international referral center, meeting the special needs of children from infancy through adolescence worldwide. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital also comprises NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Westchester Division, NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital. The hospital is also closely affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area, according to U.S. News & World Report, and consistently named to the magazine’s Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation.
For information about New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital please visit their website.

The Castellana Foundation proudly supports The Long Island Chaplain Task Force

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On January 25th, 2019, The Castellana Foundation, Cactus Holdings, subsidiary Western Beef and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family proudly announced their support The Long Island Chaplain Task Force

“The Long Island Chaplain Task Force trains, maintains and dispatches highly skilled volunteer Inter-Faith Community Crisis Chaplains, clergy, active as well as retired Law Enforcement and business professionals . We provide spiritual, social and resource support to individuals, their families, local & state agencies, as well as public and private institutions, in times of crisis.”

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For more information on The Long Island City Task Force or to learn how you can get involved, then please visit their website.

The Castellana Foundation proudly supports the Adaptive Sports Foundation

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The Castellana Foundation, Cactus Holdings, Western Beef and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family is proud to announce support for the Adaptive Sports Foundation of Windham, New York.

“The Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) is a non-profit organization that provides profound and life changing experiences for children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities and chronic illnesses through outdoor physical activity, education, support and community.”

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For more information on this incredible organization or to learn how you can get involved then please visit their website and make a difference today.

The Castellana Foundation donates 350 turkeys to Bronx communities with help from Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

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The Castellana Foundation, Cactus Holdings, subsidiary Western Beef, and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family is proud to announce the donation of 350 turkeys to various communities of the Bronx with help of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. This past holiday season, The Castellana Foundation donated thousands of turkeys in the five boroughs. This was also not the first time that The Castellana Foundation has worked with the Borough President in donating turkeys to the communities in need of the Bronx. 46488041_2036316013080705_1369110508812107776_n The Bronx is a wonderful borough where Western Beef has many stores. Western Beef is committed to being a positive force for good in the communities we serve. By servicing with local officials and community leaders, we can do our part in the lives of so many by working together and using each other’s strengths.

The Castellana Foundation donates over 1,000 toy bags to the children of Tenares, Dominican Republic for the holidays

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The Castellana Foundation, Western Beef, Cactus Holdings, and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana Family are proud to have donated over 1,000 toy bags to children of Tenares in the Dominican Republic with the help of the church, Ministerios de Palabras de Vida Eterna. The event held games, offered food and drinks, entertainment and even a clown. Western Beef’s customers come from all over the world, particularly the Caribbean which is why The Castellana Foundation makes it a point to give back to the communities that define our neighborhoods. Giving and good will know no borders and as you can see from the expressions on the children’s faces, they are incredibly grateful for a simple gesture.

The Castellana Foundation donates 100 turkeys to Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens

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The Castellana Foundation, Cactus Holdings, Western Beef, and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana Foundation is proud to support Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens in their efforts to feed families in need for the 2018 winter holidays. The Castellana Foundation donated 100 turkeys this year alone.

Below is a message the President & CEO of Catholic Charities, Monsignor Alfred P. LoPinto:

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The Castellana Foundation is proud to support and stand with Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens in effort to support families within the communities we operate within as a company. For more information on the work Catholic Charities does, please visit their website.

The Castellana Foundation supports Calvary Baptist Church of Jamaica, Queens

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The Castellana Foundation, Cactus Holdings, subsidiary Western Beef, and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family proudly supports Calvary Baptist Church of Jamaica, Queens. The Castellana Foundation supported Calvary Baptist Church’s recent Annual Community Carnival which is a day of games, fun and excitement for children from single parent homes.

Here is a brief overview of the incredible history of Calvary Baptist Church:

Calvary Baptist Church of Jamaica (Queens), New York, Inc. was organized in 1929. During its history, it has been served by ten pastors; most notable among them is the late, Rev. Dr. Walter Stockholm Pinn. During Dr. Pinn’s leadership, the present 30,000 square feet, 1,500-seat facility was erected and the membership grew to more than 3,000. Dr. Pinn founded the Calvary Credit Union which held assets exceeding two million dollars. During its existence, the Calvary Credit Union was the largest church-owned institution of its kind in New York State.

In 1976 Rev. James C. Kelly was called to the pastorate of Calvary Baptist Church. He served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church from 1976 to 1988.

Pastor Hall came to Calvary in 1990 bringing a vision of community involvement to the church and has led the church through significant development. In 1992, under the leadership of Rev. Victor T. Hall, Sr., Calvary built a 100-apartment, senior citizens’ housing complex, a complex that is fully operational with ten apartments reserved for the handicapped and a waiting list of hundreds.

In 1993, the Imani Youth Ministry began which has served as a beacon of hope and launch pad for thousands of New York area youth. In 1994, the Angelic Children’s Ministry began, training children to be followers of Christ. Calvary’s outreach into the community runs very deep.

The church runs a food pantry, which serves hundreds of New Yorkers every week, a prison ministry that reaches into the lives of the incarcerated and their families, a grandparents’ ministry that serves the needs of grandparents, and supports those raising their grandchildren, a financial growth ministry, to strengthen family financial management, and many other support groups.

Calvary opened its doors to the community for events from weddings and funerals, to political candidate forums and support for community causes to holy hip hop concerts and its annual Harvest Party, which draws hundreds of children from throughout Queens for a safe night on Halloween.

Presently, the Calvary Church has embarked upon a $6 million renovation and extension project and has just completed erecting a grandparents’ housing complex which will become the home to low-income grandparents who have legal custody of their grandchildren. Today, Calvary continues to be a leading church in the Southeast Queens community.

Calvary is a member of the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A. and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. It consistently supports financially: The NAACP, The UNCF, The Urban League, Queens Citizens’ Organization, Queens Federation of Churches, Southeast Queens Clergy for Community Empowerment, the Religious Action Network and other religious and civic organizations. Calvary is a Charter supporter of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the Washington Mall.

As a leading religious institution in Southeast Queens, the Calvary pulpit has been graced by many speakers of national and world renown: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Mayor David Dinkins, Vice President Al Gore, Governor Mario Cuomo, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Senator Charles Schumer, NYS Comptroller Carl H. McCall, Mayor W. Wilson Goode (Philadelphia), Roy Wilkins (NAACP), Congressman Floyd Flake, Congressman Charles Rangle, Congressman Gregory Meeks, Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton, Queens Borough President Claire Schulman, Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, Public Advocate Mark Greene, Congressman Joseph Addabo, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Rev. Dr. Calvin O Butts, Rev. Dr. Wyatt T. Walker, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Dr. Garner C. Taylor, Rev. Dr. Samuel Dewitt Proctor, Rev. Dr. William A. Jones, Jr., Rev. Dr. M. William Howard, Catherine (Count ) Basie, Guy R. Brewer, Hazel Dukes, Gil Noble, Nikki Giovanni, Chaplain Barry Black, Dr. Allan Boesak, Rev. Dr. Lance Watson, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, and other religious, political and civic leaders.”

The Castellana Foundation is humbled to work with such a great church and community and proud to support the cause of providing joy to children in need. For more information on Calvary Baptist Church please visit their sites and social media pages”

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