Story by Janmarie Foschini
A concert at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park in Greenwood Lake was held on Sun., Aug. 13 in memory of Dale Hirrel, a Greenwood Lake teen who tragically lost his life last year. “Do It For Dale” was the first fundraising event for the future Greenwood Lake Skate Park. All of the proceeds will be donated to the future skate park, which will be built and named in memory of Dale Hirrel. Dale, who loved to skateboard, was loved by his entire community and beyond. He had a contagious smile and brightened the lives of everyone that knew him.
The event was supported by hundreds of Dale’s family, friends and community members. Dale’s friend, Colleen O’Brien, organized the fundraiser with the help of many volunteers including Dale’s family, friends and supporters.
Local bands and performers donated their musical talents. These bands and performers included: Jesse Speaks; Jonathan Speaks; Blind Spectrum; Jesse Roman; Ian, Rob and Billy; Ian, Rob, Logan, and W. Swisher; Finger Pointers; Wooden Fork; Jake Hoogmoed Speaks; Olivia Sambataro; Furnace Creek; MARs Attacks; Katie and Carolyn; and Drakensberg.
Merchandise such as T-shirts, magnets, stickers, and wristbands were on hand for sale, as well as baked goods from friends and family, including snacks donated by ShopRite. Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer was in attendance and stated, “They have my full support. It’s a very difficult road, but a critical project for our community. I want the kids to feel like they own it.”
Mayor Dwyer commended all those involved with this event and the future Greenwood Lake skate park, which will be located on Windermere Ave. The fundraising goal is $200,000 to $300,000 and all donations are tax deductible. The park will be a family-friendly environment open to all. The park, on a main street, will be well lit and visible and will be patrolled by local police to ensure the safety of all.
For more information, upcoming events, to make a donation or to volunteer visit www.gwlskatepark.com. Dale’s Aunt Kym (Hirrel) said it best saing, “To know Dale is to love Dale.”