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Goya Foods, America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, is donating 40,000 pounds of Goya products to charities across the nation in the name of musical artists Marco Antonio Solis, Chayanne, and Marc Anthony as part of the 2012 Gigantes concert tour. As part of Goya’s continued commitment to create awareness of MyPlate/MiPlato, a nationwide campaign led by Goya Foods and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’sMove! initiative, Goya will sponsor nine shows in eight markets. “It has become a Goya tradition to incorporate a food donation to various charities around the nation for each of the concert tours we have participated in,” says Rafael Toro, director of public relations at Goya Foods. “These donations are our way of showing our appreciation to our consumers who have supported us over the years. Each charity in eight of the concert tour cities will receive a donation of 5,000 pounds of products. Those receiving donations in our area areUnited Way of Hudson County in New Jersey, St. John’s Pentecostal Outreach Church near Atlantic City and Mercy Housing & Shelter Corp. in Hartford, CT. Other cities include Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Orlando and Miami. Each of these concert series is a great way to make a difference within the community and this year, it has become an opportunity to create awareness of MyPlate/MiPlato and healthy eating.”

Jim Hulihan (SJU ‘84) is celebrating 35 years in the food industry this year. Jim owns Premier Product Source Company, serving the food processing, wholesale baking, foodservice, in-store, candle, pharma, and industrial trades in the Philadelphia market. He was vice president of sales and marketing at Mid-Atlantic Vegetable Shortening, Kearny, NJ, for 15 years prior to opening his own business. Jim is the third generation in his family to be in the food business. His father, James A. Hulihan Sr. (1913-1999), was a retail/foodservice food broker from the late 1940s until 1984, was first president of the Philadelphia Food Brokers Association, and was one of the founding members of theAcademy ofFood Marketing atSaint Joseph’s University. His grandfather, also named James, owned James J. Fardone Fruit and Produce Distributors, on Second and Dock Streets inPhiladelphia dating back to the early 1900s. Together with his wife, they have more than 55 years of experience, so Jim assures that Premier’s customers and principals are very well taken care of.

The circle of life continued this month when the entire industry was shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely death of Bruno Garisto, Weis Markets’ vice president of center store merchandising and sales. I remember Bruno from his days atSaint Joseph’s University. He interviewed with us (Maggio Cheese) for a summer internship. He was very self-assured even at the tender age of 20, and I kept my eye on him as he climbed the proverbial ladder in the retail food industry. We had a respectful friendship, and I will miss seeing him in the trade.

Helen M. Campbell McCaffrey, mother of James J. McCaffrey III, owner of McCaffrey’s Markets, died August 5 at home. She was 97. Born in Philadelphia, she was the beloved wife of the late James J. McCaffrey Jr. and daughter of the late George and Edith Shanahan Campbell. She was predeceased by two daughters Helene M. Hoffman and Patricia A. McGovern, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a brother.

In addition to James J. McCaffrey III and his wife Lisa, Mrs. McCaffrey is survived by her devoted children and their spouses: Rosemary P. Hardgrove and her husband James, Judith J. Walmsley and her husband James, and her sons-in-law William Hoffman and Terence McGovern. Also surviving her are 18 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Contributions in her memory may be made to either St. Mary Medical Center Cancer Center1201 Langhorne-Newtown Rd. Langhorne, PA 19047 or the Christine McCaffrey Community Emergency Fund c/o 2200 Cabot Blvd. Suite 3 Langhorne,PA19047.

Freda Gordon, 83, passed away August 10 after a long illness. Together with her late husband Sam, she founded Samuel Gordon Associates in 1963. Mrs. Gordon was predeceased by her youngest son Ian in 2002 and her granddaughter Shalyn Paskel. Mrs. Gordon is survived by her sons Jay (Kathy Trahey) of Sales Management Partners and Lane (Lynda) of Key Impact Sales and Services and her daughter Merrill (Leonard Paskel); five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Please take note of AMR/MAFTO’s new contact information for the trade: AMR/MAFTO; 2612 Whittier Avenue, Reading, PA 19608. Their phone number is: 267-295-3730. Email: info@amrmafto.org. AMR/MAFTO is planning many exciting events for the fall season. If you are not receiving the email blasts about upcoming events, please get in touch with them at the above mentioned places.

Birthday shout outs for the lazy month of August go out to: Jeff Bilk, Burris; Michael Bozzuto, Bozzuto’s; Marty Delinski, Supervalu; Frank Frazier, retired, Cargill; Judi Ostroff, wife of Nate Ostroff, Network Food Brokers; and Alvin Schwartz, LAS Associates. Buon Compleanno a tutti!

Celebrating wedded bliss this month are: Nate and Judi Ostroff, Network Food Brokers; and Lynda and Richard Szybowski, retired Acme Markets. Special best wishes to Best-Met’s own Kathy and Dick Bestany and to our business manager Bill Speakman and his wife Ann of Talbot Management. Congratulations!

Quote of the month: The tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live. Norman Cousins