On Sun., Aug. 13 the GWL Skatepark Corp. hosted its inaugural fundraising event with the “Do It For Dale!” concert to kickoff the fundraising efforts for the GWL Skatepark to be built in honor of Dale Hirrel, a local teenager and skater who was tragically killed in a car accident in April of 2016. The “Do It For Dale!” concert was the brainchild of Colleen O’Brien, a classmate of Dales.
“Right from the beginning, everyone I approached wanted to help me in my goal of memorializing Dale and helping to make his dream of a skatepark in the town a reality.”
Colleen spearheaded the organization of the event that hosted over ten local bands and artists who all gave their time and talent to raise funds for the GWL Skatepark Corp., (www.gwlskatepark.com). GWL Skatepark Corp. is a 501(c)(3) pending approval and is dedicated to raising the estimated $300,000 required to build a concrete flow professional skatepark in Greenwood Lake, NY.
The event was a tremendous success, raising over $7,000 towards the cause and bringing the total raised by the group since launching last month close to $10,000.
Local bands and artists entertained the crowd comprised of young, old and lots of teenagers with an estimated total of around 250 attendees. The family of Dale Hirrel was present and there were several dedications made to Dale from his friends and family, reinforcing how much he is missed and how passionate they are to have the skatepark completed.
The Mayor of Greenwood Lake, Jesse Dwyer, was also in attendance and opened the event with a speech in support of the project, giving his 100 percent support, which was a huge boost for everyone.
As supporters enjoyed the music and the lake provided a beautiful backdrop to the stage, something magical took place when everyone came together and had a great time. On sale were GWL branded T-shirts, wrist bands, car magnets, and other products which sold quickly, breaking all expectations. In addition, there was food and drink donated by the local merchants, and an auction for some custom painted skateboards from one of the local artists. The evening concluded with friends and family of Dale releasing lanterns that floated off into the starry night and provided a fitting end to a wonderful evening.
Colleen O’Brien and GWL Skatepark Corp. would like to recognize the following businesses and individuals for their kind donations and assistance: Gene Focarelli, ShopRite of Warwick, Alto Music, CVS, Wadesons, Kuiken Brothers, Greenwood Lake Elks, Greenwood True Value, Four Brothers, Planet Pizza, Corwins Florist, Ophelia’s Flower Shop, Greenwood Lake Roasters Craft Coffee, Smile3152 Painted Rocks, the Town of Warwick, and the Village of Greenwood Lake.
If you would like to learn more about additional events as well as the GWL Skatepark initiative, please visit our website www.gwlskatepark.com. Contact for Concert: Colleen O’Brien, 544-4920, firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact for GWL Skatepark: Michael Dudley, email@example.com.