Story by Lourice Angie
The Village of Greenwood Lake teamed up with Helping Others Needing Our Resources (HONOR) to host a live day long music concert to help end homelessness in Orange County. The concert was held on Sat., Apr. 28 at the Greenwood Lake Elks Lodge pavilion.
HONOR is a non-profit organization that has been serving Orange County since 1974. HONOR provides individualized and integrated services to people combating chemical dependency, in need of temporary or transitional housing, or requiring crisis intervention. They also provide emergency adult and family shelter crisis services to those in need.
In recent years, consciousness has shifted in the U.S. from “managing” homelessness to “ending” homelessness. Local organizations like HONOR have helped focus on specific subgroups such as our youth, veterans, families, and many people suffering from chronic homelessness.
Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer and Village Board 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 who are left to face unfortunate challenges.
When Rob Cannillo, a top notch promoter and singer/songwriter who handles public relations for HONOR, contacted Dwyer last year, they collaborated on creative and fun ways of introducing HONOR to the public. Their hope was to raise awareness of the organization’s services to all Orange County residents.
“At no time have the terms ‘homeless’ or ‘vulnerable’ been more accepted and attended to in Orange County. From our County Executive to our County legislators to the countless concerned and supporting citizens of Orange County, your support has been appreciated. WE at HONOR will continue to offer the highest quality of services to the most vulnerable in our community in an expeditious manner,” said Chris Molinelli, the Executive Director of HONOR.
Nearly 700 people attended the concert. Attendees were invited to “give what you can donation” to support the work of HONOR. The concert included great music by Bobby Messano (guitarist for Steve Winwood, Clarence Clemons and Lou Gramm) and special guest, Eliza Neals; Murali Coryell from the television show “Crossing Jordan” and “Blues Hall of Fame”; Ronnie Penque, of the New Riders of the Purple Sage and Ripple; Soylent Blue, performed an Allman Bros/Dead Tribute; Jerry the Bulldog performed award winning originals and covers; local singer songwriter Rob Cannillo, who has opened for members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company also performed; and there was a performance by Fred Argir, of Fieldhouse Records.
Members of the Elks Lodge cooked up delicious food and BBQ while Vesuvius Brick Oven Pizza served up their awesome wood fired pizza. The full service bar was packed with people and craft beer was available. Fresh roasted coffee was provided by Greenwood Lake Roasters and there was a delightful variety of freshly baked desserts by Greenwood Lake Bagels. There was a little something for everyone at Sugar Mag’s Rags “Traveling Hippie Gift Shoppe” and Susan Musings hand crafted men’s and women’s jewelry station.
Staff members from HONOR were on hand to provide information, collect donations and sell T-shirts. HONOR Executive Director Molinelli also gave a special shout out to Dana Distributors, who were not only sponsors, but donated all of the posters, banners and printing services.
“The crowd has definitely doubled in size this year,” said Molinelli. “Rob has done a great job getting the word out and on social media. We at HONOR are so humbled and thankful to our good friends of Greenwood Lake for hosting HONOR’s 2nd Annual Concert to End Homelessness. Mayor Jesse Dwyer and the entire Greenwood Lake Chamber of Commerce have been so welcoming. A very special thanks to all of our sponsors, we are so grateful and look forward to a very memorable day of good music, good food and many laughs.”
For more information about HONOR call 343-7115, visit www.honorhelpingothers.org or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HONOR.