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Sept. 5, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Sponsors "Back to School Brigade"
to Benefit Stewart Military Families

Children of families stationed at the Air National Guard at Steward Air Field in Orange County were provided with backpacks and school supplies, just in time for the start of classes, offered through a sponsorship by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. in support of Operation Homefront Back to School Brigade.

"Central Hudson is pleased to support the Back to School Brigade to benefit veteran and military families at Stewart Air Field," said Denise D. VanBuren, Vice President of Public Relations at Central Hudson. "We employ nearly 70 veterans at Central Hudson, and know first-hand of the sacrifices our military families make in serving their country. By sponsoring this initiative, we hope to make preparations for back-to-school a little easier for these families, and more fun for their children." Central Hudson's sponsorship provided 200 school backpacks.

"Our members live and shop in the community, so these partnerships with local businesses are crucial," said Kelly Williamson, manager of the base's Airman and Family Readiness Program. "We would like to thank Central Hudson for its support."

Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit whose mission is to build strong military families that can thrive in the communities they serve.  The Back-to-School Brigade is Operation Homefront's annual nationwide school supply collection and distribution campaign.

This initiative continues Central Hudson's recognition of the contributions of veterans, active duty service members and their families during the year. Central Hudson joined Dutchess County and local agencies in observing 2018 as the Year of the Veteran; sponsored the Wall that Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the City of Newburgh; has made a special grant available for income-eligible veterans and military families served by Central Hudson toward their utility bills through the Good Neighbor Fund; and continued to promote the Troops to Energy program to provide a pathway for veterans to careers in the energy industry.

To learn more about Central Hudson's initiatives in support of the community, log onto For more information on Operation Homefront Back to School Brigade, visit; and to view additional photos of the Back to School Brigade event at Stewart Air Field, go to #operationhomefront#backtoschool#stewartairnationalguardbase.

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Above: Central Hudson employees and military veterans James Rhoda (left) and Ken Alonzo (right) participated in the Operations Homefront Back to School Brigade by distributing backpacks and school supplies to children of families of the Air National Guard at Stewart Air Field. Below: Central Hudson sponsored the event, in support of military families and their children at the air base.