Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor
Anthony J. Annucci, Acting Commissioner

Contact: Thomas W. Mailey
Office of Public Information
(518) 457-8182
Thomas.Mailey@doccs.ny.gov
www.doccs.ny.gov

For immediate release:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

SANTA’S HELPERS PLAY BALL TO HELP CHILDREN AT ALBANY MEDICAL CENTER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Two Department of Corrections and Community Supervision facilities to hold an annual fund raiser

COXACKIE - There are 127 shopping days until Christmas and this year Santa is getting help from the employees at the Coxsackie and Greene Correctional Facilities. This Wednesday, August 21, 2013, a day of fun, festivities and fund raising will be held outside the grounds of the Coxsackie Correctional Facility at 11260 Route 9W, Coxsackie, including a 4:00 pm softball game between staff members from the two facilities. All the money raised will be used to purchase gifts for the children who, because of their illnesses, will be spending the holidays at Albany Medical Center. Santa and his helpers will be delivering the gifts sometime in December.

“I am constantly being reminded of the many great people who work at DOCCS. Every day that they go to work they face the dangers inherent in working in a prison, and in their off hours they are thinking of others and taking action,” said Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci. “For several years they have been delivering gifts to children hospitalized during the holidays. I acknowledge and appreciate this annual effort, as I am sure the families of these children do as well.”

This year’s fund drive includes a joint BBQ between Greene and Coxsackie Correctional Facilities from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm. The cost is $12.00 per ticket for ages 10 and up, which includes a ½ chicken, corn on the cob, baked potato, cole slaw, cookies, and a drink. Families participating in the BBQ with a child under 10 can make a donation.

There will be children’s activities from 3:00 until 8:00 pm and a “pick-a-prize” auction where individuals purchase tickets and place one or more tickets in the "hat" beside the item(s) they are trying to win. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and WGNA 107.7 will be on site from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. with T-shirt giveaways. The event is open to the public.