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Fuji Volunteers Beautify Kensico For 10th Year

Volunteers from Valhalla-based Fujifilm spent the day beautifying Kensico Dam Plaza as part of their 10th annual volunteer day on Sept. 13. Ray Hosoda, President of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation,  was on hand to support the Westchester Parks Golf Cart program. They were dedicated by representatives of both Westchester County government and Friends of Westchester Parks.Kathleen O'Connor, Westchester County Parks Commissioner, called the partnership among the three organizations the perfect corporate-public model.

During the presentation, Hosoda said he was proud of his employees for their generosity. He pointed to Volunteer Day as just one way they support the community, citing the Food Bank and support of recent natural disasters as other examples. He added, "This donation supports our company's goal to improve the quality of life by reducing CO2 emssions, the county's consumption of gasoline, as well as the noise. We are especially glad to be helping the community in which we live and work."

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino thanked Fuji and said that the event was a wonderful example of how business and government can come really come together.

Friends of Westchester County Parks Board Chair Liz Bracken-Thompson concluded the public presentation with a key exchange. She said, "With budgets as tight as they are in our current econmic climate, we truly appreciate the contributions made by companies such as Fujifilm, and their employees. These donations of time and money help improve our parks at no additional cost to the taxpayer."

The carts will be used at key Westchester County Parks where the need is greatest, with one or more stationed permanently at Kensico Dam Plaza. Carts will also be employed at Playland Park in Rye, Muscoot Farm in Somers, Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson. Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers and Glen Island Park in New Rochelle.

One volunteer summed up why so many participate in the day. Josephine Carpenito has participated in all 10 volunteer days. A member of the envornmental safety department at Fuji and resident of Pleasantville, she said, "I enjoy being outside and I like to help out."

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