The New York State Apple Association, which represents the state’s commercial apple growers, recently raised over $10,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Central New York Region. According to a news release, the 2014 contribution brings the New York apple industry’s total donations to $129,000 in the past 14 years.
“On behalf of the American Cancer Society, I thank New York Apple Association for its continued support of our mission,” Bruce Hathaway, American Cancer Society Eastern division, said in a news release. “From providing direct services to patients and families across New York to funding a groundbreaking research program, NYAA is a true partner in helping us finish the fight.”
Funds were raised through sales of New York state apples, cider, and applesauce at the Great New York State Fair, Aug. 21-Sept. 1. Red Jacket Orchards, Geneva, N.Y., provided the apples, while Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, Lafayette, N.Y., provided the cider. Mott’s donated applesauce.
“We are glad to have this opportunity to help fight cancer in our local community, while also raising awareness of apples’ cancer-fighting potential,” said Jim Allen, president of the state apple association.