CNA Stores Designates Pan-Mass Challenge as its April Charity

Veterans Northeast Outreach Center board member Robert DiFazio, a U.S. Navy veteran and owner of CNA Stores. (WHAV News photograph.)

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CNA Stores of Haverhill and Amesbury has named the Pan-Mass Challenge as its April Charity of the Month, continuing to demonstrate, what the company says, the “spirit of giving and support” by the cannabis community.

Pan-Mass Challenge is an organization that CNA Stores owner and CEO “Rob DiFazio, his family, and a close-knit group of local friends have passionately supported for nearly a decade.” The Challenge’s bike-a-thon is the biggest athletic fundraiser for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

CNA Director of Business Development and Community Outreach Scott Winters, who has been a cannabis advocate since 2015, draws a parallel between the company’s charitable impact and a time when people “expressed concerns about the potential impact of cannabis stores.”  Winters says he “consistently emphasized to his neighbors and community members that these individuals were not only valued members of society but also respected contributors to communities across the state.”

Through the Charity Jar program, CNA Stores’ customers have donated approximately $347,295 since late 2020, not counting contributions CNA itself has made to various local nonprofits or its roughly 2,500 hours of community service.

In February, for example, CNA customers rallied behind L’Arche Boston North, which houses individuals with developmental disabilities, with $12,224 in donations. Likewise, in March, nearly $11,000 was raised for Mass Fallen Heroes, an initiative supporting veterans and their families.

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