Story by Lourice Angie
The Village of Greenwood Lake teamed up with Helping Others Needing Our Resources (HONOR), a non-profit organization homeless shelter, on Sat., Apr. 29 to host a live music concert to help end homelessness in Orange County. The concert was held at the Greenwood Lake Elks outdoor pavilion.
Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer and Village members are constantly looking for ways to improve the overall quality of life within the community. The Mayor makes a priority of providing help and creating resources to residents that are left to face unfortunate and difficult challenges of any kind.
When Rob Cannillo, a top notch promoter, singer/songwriter who handles public relations for “HONOR” connected with Dwyer about the feasibility of introducing the organization in a fun way by creating events that will help bring awareness of the services offered to all Orange County residents, the idea was well received.
“They rolled out the red carpet for us,” said Canillo when describing the support from Mayor Dwyer and the Village of Greenwood Lake.
A well-orchestrated concert was organized and hosted by Cannillo and the dedicated staff of HONOR at the G.L. Elks Lodge outdoor pavilion. There were gifts and crafts, sweets and food for sale with a variety of local brews and refreshments offered. Guests were encouraged to bring chairs and blankets, but plenty of seating and picnic tables were available.
Approximately 400 guests of all ages attended the fundraiser throughout the day including community members and their families, members of the Warwick Valley VFW Post 4662 and the newly reorganized VFW Auxiliary, the staff of HONOR and others. People gathered around for dancing, and sang along as they delighted in some of the best renditions of classic rock and music hits with performances by the Grammy nominated Professor Louie & The Crowmatix with Woodstock Horns, Fred Argir, Wood Hippie, Jeremy Torres, Sammy Cannillo, Don Lowe and Rob Cannillo himself.
Admission to the event was a free will donation to help benefit “HONOR.” The overall show of support could definitely be felt and a special thanks goes to Fitzula’s Gift Shop, Mayor Jesse Dwyer, Village of Greenwood Lake, and Dana Distributors.
“This event is a fun way of introducing us to the community. Getting the message out is the priority. There are people in Orange County who need help but nobody knows where to go or who to trust, If you are that person or know anyone who is please contact us,” said Cannillo.
The non-profit organization has been serving Orange County’s most in need residents with compassion, respect and honor since 1974. They provide individualized and integrated services to people combating chemical dependency, in need of temporary or transitional housing, or requiring crisis intervention. They provide emergency adult and family shelter crisis services to those in need. According to Executive Director of HONOR Chris Molinelli, the average median age of a homeless person in the U.S is five years old.
“We have an outreach team and we literally meet people where they’re at in the community, if there’s someone on a bridge, in the park, or in the city, they can call and contact us for help,” said Molinelli.
For more information on HONOR call 343-7115 or visit www.honorhelpingothers.org or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HONOR.