2005-04-13 / Features

Goodwill Wheelchair Distribution

New York First Lady Libby Pataki (l.), Ms. Wheelchair New York 2005 Melissa-Kaye D. Ortiz and Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey president and chief executive officer Rex L. Davidson.New York First Lady Libby Pataki (l.), Ms. Wheelchair New York 2005 Melissa-Kaye D. Ortiz and Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey president and chief executive officer Rex L. Davidson. The gift of mobility was given to dozens of lucky wheelchair recipients March 24 at Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, headquartered in Astoria. The Wheelchair Foundation spearheaded the donation of nearly 100 free wheelchairs. Goodwill Industries and Wal-Mart were co-sponsors.

“It’s wonderful to see how people can benefit when like-minded partners put their efforts behind an outstanding program like this one,” Rex L. Davidson, Goodwill president and chief executive officer, said. David Behring, Wheelchair Foundation president and chief executive officer, also addressed the gathering, as did Libby Pataki, wife of Governor George Pataki.

(L. to r.) : Speakers Chris Lewis, Wheelchair Foundation director, David Behring, Wheelchair Foundation president and chief executive officer, Libby Pataki, and Rex L. Davidson, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey president and chief executive officer, with two representatives of the United Spinal Association.
(L. to r.) : Speakers Chris Lewis, Wheelchair Foundation director, David Behring, Wheelchair Foundation president and chief executive officer, Libby Pataki, and Rex L. Davidson, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey president and chief executive officer, with two representatives of the United Spinal Association. The wheelchairs were received cost-free by individuals and by organizations. Founded nearly a century ago, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. provides a wide range of programs and services to help people overcome barriers to employment. Headquartered in Astoria, Goodwill provides 65 educational, vocational and workforce development programs in more than 30 sites in New York City, Long Island and Northern New Jersey. Retail operations comprise 28 stores spread throughout the region. Goodwill’s mission is to enhance the quality and dignity of life for individuals, families and communities through the power of work.

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