Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

VALHALLA – The Westchester Parks Foundation recently welcomed more than 50 employees from Fujifilm, located in Valhalla, for their annual Volunteer Day.

 L-R: Mark Yamamoto, President, Fujifilm Holdings America Corporation, and President & CEO, Fujifilm North America Corporation; Kathleen O’Connor, Commissioner, Westchester County Parks Department; Seth Mandelbaum, Board Vice Chair, Westchester Parks Foundation; Sara Cavanaugh, Volunteer Coordinator, Westchester Parks Foundation; and Christine La Porta, Director of Operations, Westchester Parks Foundation. Photo provided

L-R: Mark Yamamoto, President, Fujifilm Holdings America Corporation, and President & CEO, Fujifilm North America Corporation; Kathleen O’Connor, Commissioner, Westchester County Parks Department; Seth Mandelbaum, Board Vice Chair, Westchester Parks Foundation; Sara Cavanaugh, Volunteer Coordinator, Westchester Parks Foundation; and Christine La Porta, Director of Operations, Westchester Parks Foundation. Photo provided

Fujifilm donated their time to help maintain and preserve the beauty of the Kensico Dam Plaza as part of their commitment to the Westchester Parks Foundation and the community.

During the event, held on Wednesday, September 7, staff members of Fujifilm cleaned and polished the “Circle of Remembrance” that rings The Rising, Westchester County’s September 11th Memorial. This volunteer effort was done to prepare for the annual memorial ceremony on September 11. The “Circle of Remembrance” includes the group of granite blocks that have the names of Westchester County residents who perished in the 9/11 attacks. In addition to cleaning and polishing the “Circle of Remembrance,” Fujifilm staff members mulched and cleaned other areas of the park.

The company also presented a check to the Westchester Parks Foundation for $7,500 to support Kensico Dam Plaza projects and beautification.

“Our wonderful corporate neighbors at Fujifilm give generously of their time at this volunteer day every year,” said Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino. “I thank them on behalf of the thousands of people who use this park in every season and especially now as we prepare for Sunday’s ceremony.”

Fujifilm has been a longtime participant of Westchester County’s Adopt-a-Park program, which promotes public involvement in the maintenance, improvement and support of the nearly 18,000-acre Westchester County Park system.

“Westchester County and New York are home to our business and staff in Valhalla, and we are honored to be able to support our community and neighbors, especially at the beautiful Kensico Dam Plaza,” said Masato Yamamoto, President, Fujifilm Holdings America Corporation, and President & CEO, Fujifilm North America Corporation. “Giving back to our community is part of our mission, and we are very proud of all our volunteers for making a positive impact in a place that so many people visit and enjoy all year long.”

Having adopted Kensico Dam Plaza for the last several years, Fujifilm recently agreed to adopt the Valhalla park for another year. Built under the old dam that formed Lake Kensico, Kensico Dam Plaza is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Bronx River Parkway Reservation. The park provides a setting for a wide variety of activities including cultural heritage celebrations and concerts, fitness classes and a fitness course, as well as areas for picnicking, in-line skating, walking and nature study.

During the event, Seth Mandelbaum, Vice Chair of the Board for the Westchester Parks Foundation, applauded Fujifilm’s support for the beautification of county parks. “For the 15th year in a row, Fujifilm Holdings America Corporation has adopted Kensico Dam Plaza, which means they are helping to keep this park a beautiful place for the community to visit. We thank Fujifilm for their continuing commitment to this park and as the shining example of what it means to be a great corporate partner,” he said.

Any civic-minded group or organization can adopt a Westchester County Park, including corporations, garden clubs, scout groups, student organizations, business and professional associations and neighborhood groups.

For more information, call (914) 231-4530.

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