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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The Castellana Foundation and Western Beef proudly donates Thanksgiving turkeys to GrowNYC

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The Castellana Foundation, Western Beef, parent company Cactus Holdings and President Peter Castellana III, proudly announce their support for GrowNYC who will facilitate food donations to families for the Thanksgiving holidays at their Food Hub at Grand Army Plaza. GrowNYC helps New Yorkers by providing essential services and taking action to make NYC a truly livable city, one where every person can flourish. They achieve this through their Green Market which provides a means for local farmers to sell their products to New York City communities, their recycling program, gardening program which spans the five boroughs, and through education. For the Castellana Foundation, the causes that GrowNYC addresses are ones that the foundation and companies are not only already engaged with, but causes we truly care about and therefore are thrilled to be able to help in a small way by donating turkeys for this year’s Thanksgiving.

The Castellana Foundation supports Mercy Center in South Bronx

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The Castellana Foundation, Western Beef, Cactus Holdings, and CEO & President Peter Castellana III are proud to announce their support for Mercy Center in the neighborhood of Mott Haven in the South Bronx. Mercy Center currently has two locations in the Bronx and serves as a volunteer counseling service for single mother families in an effort to combat economic poverty. The Castellana Foundation is proud to be support behind such a noble cause in our communities. The South Bronx is a community that Western Beef has long operated within and supported. To have the opportunity to give back to economically at-risk families is a cause that we must fight together as a community, a city and a country.

For more information on Mercy Center or to learn how you can contribute to this cause then please visit their website.

The Castellana Foundation funds contest program for Western Beef retail

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Western Beef is proud to announce that we will now be conducting weekly contests through our social media accounts (TwitterFacebook and Instagram) and our email mailing list (enter your email in the subscription box at the lower right corner). Prizes are funded through the generosity of the Castellana Foundation, whose board member, Peter Castellana III, is also the President of Western Beef parent company Cactus Holdings Inc. So far Western Beef has run many contests with multiple $500 gift card winners and recently a monthly MetroCard. We aim for our contests to be relevant to our customers’ daily lives so they spend their hard earned money on things other than reoccurring expense such as bills and groceries. A recent winner of ours was more than grateful for the financial boost:

“$500 is a lot of money. It’s basically what I spend at the supermarket in any given month so to have Western Beef cover me and my family for a month is a very big deal to me. I’m so thankful. Now I can buy something nice for us that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. I wish more companies did this! I feel like they really are more than just another supermarket.” — M.G., Bronx, NY

Western Beef management has been very happy with the response so far with their contests:

“At first we just kinda wanted to see if there was any customer interest in contests. Shortly after we started our first campaign we realized that this was something our customers wanted. Thousands of customers were participating from all over. While we were happy with the response, we took a step back and made a personal stand in that we wanted to run relevant contests that spoke to our customers and actually served them well. It’s who we are as a company. We serve working families in the inner city.” — Western Beef Social Media Manager

For those interested in our contests please follow us on social media or join our mailing list at the Western Beef website for instructions on how to enter. Currently, the contest is for a monthly MetroCard.

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If you are a company or organization with prizes or services that you think would be relevant as prizes for our customers, then please reach out to us at socialmedia@westernbeef.com.

The Castellana Foundation supports Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens!

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Peter Castellana III, Peter Castellana Jr., and Castellana Foundation along with Western Beef and parent company Cactus Holdings are pleased to support Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens promotes unity among all persons by seeking to develop caring communities. Their more than 160 programs provide affordable housing, nutritious meals, recreation for seniors, residences for the developmentally disabled, and assistance to neighbors in need. Through a generous donation, it is our honor on behalf of the Castellana family and Western Beef to support this generous organization that provides so much to our most treasured communities. Thank you and we look forward to continuing our support.

Community Caring Center of the Greater Boynton Beach

Peter Castellana III, Peter Castellana Jr. and the Castellana Foundation, along with Western Beef are pleased to donate to the silent auction at the Magical Masquerade Gala of the Community Caring Center of the Greater Boynton Beach. The Community Caring Center was organized by the Boynton Beach Ministerial Alliance in 1987 to serve the needs of the community in a coordinated, compassionate, communicative manner. The organization provides assistance to those within the greater Boynton Beach area in need of food, shelter, emergency finances and other services. They also run hunger and nutrition education programs.

http://www.cccgbb.org/

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East New York United Concerned Citizens

Peter Castellana III, Peter Castellana Jr. and the Castellana Foundation, along with Western Beef are happy to make a donation to the 10th Annual Holiday Intergenerational Community Dinner of East New York United Concerned Citizens. The East New York United Concerned Citizens is dedicated to developing and providing the community residents with comprehensive community programs and services to combat poverty, increase community awareness of important urban issues and to develop and generate community leadership by distributing resource materials and conducting workshop and lectures for community residents.

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Federazione Italiana Baseball at Carmines

Peter Castellana III, Peter Castellana Jr. and the Castellana Foundation, along with Western Beef are happy to make a donation to the Federazione Italiana Baseball. I.A.B.F.  Launch and fundraiser dinner.  The Federazione Italiana Baseball raise money to fund scholarships for students and for the earthquake relief fund. Fundraiser being done by Carmines on Graham Avenue, Brooklyn.

 

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Fundacion Teleton USA

Peter Castellana III, Peter Castellana Jr. and the Castellana Foundation, along with Western Beef are happy to make a donation to the Teleton USA 2016 event.  The Teleton 2016 USA is a fundraiser event run by Fundacion Teleton USA is a non-profit organization that helps children with disabilities through the construction, equipment and operation of rehabilitation centers. Teleton USA have the first rehabilitation center located in San Antonio, Texas. They provide therapies to 600 children and their families from 35 different states. Their goal is to build a rehabilitation center in every state of the United States. Until today they have a waiting list of 1,230 children with disabilities.

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