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L-R: Joseph Agresta, Co-Owner Mercedes Benz of Orange County; Haley Hartwick, Johnny Mac
Solders Fund Guest Speaker; Chuck Bond, Co-Owner; Arthur Agresta, Co-Owner

Mercedes-Benz of Orange County grand opening benefits West Point’s Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund

HARRIMAN (May 21)  Mercedes-Benz of Orange County, Powered by Benzel-Busch, recently celebrated its grand opening, with a dynamic, catered affair hosted at its state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz showroom and benefitting the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund.

The West Point non-profit's namesake, Colonel John “Johnny Mac” McHugh, was killed in action in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010 and Benzel-Busch has been a passionate support of the organization since its inception. The Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund started in 2014 as a modest effort to help one fallen classmate’s family cope with the lose of their heroic loved one and quickly transformed into a ongoing mission that helps a growing number of military families with education expenses. Mercedes-Benz of Orange County exemplified its commitment to the community by announcing an initial donation to the Johnny Mac Solder Fund at the Grand Opening and will continue to make ongoing donations to the foundation with every purchase of a Mercedes vehicle.

The evening's most touching and heart-rending moment came when Johnny Mac Scholarship recipient Haley Hartwick spoke eloquently about her father, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Michael Hartwick, who was killed on April 1, 2006, when his Apache helicopter was shot down by enemy fire while on a combat air patrol mission in Iraq. Haley Hartwick from Austin, Texas graduated from Baylor University in 2017.

At the event, Mercedes-Benz of Orange County owners Joseph Agresta, Arthur Agresta and Chuck Bond welcomed Orange County Dignitaries, Mayor Stephen Welle of Harriman; Mayor Michael Queenan of Woodbury; Laurie R. Tautel, Legislator and Assemblyman James Skoufis, along with Mercedes-Benz Corporate executives Bob Yeatman, Mercedes-Benz General Manager Northeast Region; and Greg Gates, Mercedes Benz General Manager Strategic Retail Development.

For more information on the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund and how to donate, visit


Galleria at Crystal Run welcomes two new stores 

TOWN OF WALLKILL (May 21) - Two new stores, Five Below and Macy’s Backstage, recently opened at the Galleria at Crystal Run. Both offer goods at marked-down prices and outperformed their respective companies’ other recent openings in the region.

Positioned between Macy’s and Target, and across from H&M, Five Below – a chain of discount stores operating in 32 states – sells toys, tech, apparel, cosmetics, and candy all for $5 or less.

Backstage, which opened inside Macy’s on April 14, is the retail giant’s answer to bargain stores like T.J. Maxx, Homegoods, and Marshall’s. Located on the department store’s upper level, Backstage’s 30,000 square feet of retail contains fashion, footwear, home decor, toys, luggage, kitchenware, and even snacks.



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