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LiDestri Helps Raise Record $1.4 Million for Newman’s Own Charity

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LiDestri is proud to announce this past year's 24th Annual Big Apple Bash generated a record $1.4 million for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a charity founded by one of the company’s most loyal customers, Newman's Own.

LiDestri has been raising money for the charity, which benefits children with serious illnesses, since the camp's founding by Paul Newman in 1988, and in recent years, in conjunction with fellow Rochester, N.Y., manufacturer American Packaging.

"We're so thankful to all of our employees, our customers and our vendors who helped make this the best year yet for giving back to the community," said Stefani LiDestri, chief sales and marketing officer, who has co-chaired the event for the past five years with American Packaging's President and CEO Peter Schottland.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp provides "a different kind of healing" to children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other serious illnesses, giving them the opportunity to experience summer camp. Through summer sessions and family weekend programs at the camp in Ashford, Connecticut, the charity serves more than 20,000 children and family members annually. All services are free of charge.

LiDestri CEO Giovanni LiDestri had a personal relationship with Paul Newman, and being philanthropically minded himself, has long supported the charity and encouraged his employees to do the same. LiDestri makes a company donation and asks vendors, suppliers and customers to pitch in, and employees raise money throughout the year, holding spaghetti dinners to help the cause.

Stefani LiDestri, who will transition to co-president along with her brother John C. LiDestri in July, has worked to successfully increase donations to the charity each of the years she's co-chaired the Big Apple Bash.

"When you see the looks on the faces of the children, who rarely get this opportunity to really play outdoors with other kids, it really hits home how important and valuable this charity is,"she said.

"Next year's Big Apple Bash will be our 25th anniversary, so we expect it to be the biggest and most exciting event ever."

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