On Thursday, March 18, 2010 Hudson River Housing held its 4th Annual Wind Chill Fund Dinner. The dinner is a major fundraiser for the Dutchess County Coalition for the Homeless (DCCH), a 60-bed emergency shelter for adults operated by Hudson River Housing. Over ninety guests attended the event, which was held at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie. DCCH provided shelter for nearly 500 individuals in 2009. “We simply could not do what we do without the support of the community,” said Linda Malave, Manager of Adult and Family Services. The event raised over $5,000 to support shelter operations. Guests were treated to a silent auction, a performance by Broadway vocalist Molly Katz, live jazz by the Vince Prudente Trio, and a three-course dinner. Gail Webster, Executive Director, noted that the number of individuals served at DCCH rose 17% between 2008 and 2009, and will likely continue to rise this year. “We face an uncertain year ahead,” she said. “But supporters like those here this evening make our work possible.”
All photos by Dan Seifert.
Hudson River Housing, Inc. held its 16th Annual Evening by the Hudson on Thursday, September 24 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. During the event, Hudson River Housing honored the former First Presbyterian Church of Poughkeepsie (now nesting with the Freedom Plain Presbyterian Church in LaGrange). Hudson River Housing chose the church as its honoree for a $45,000 contribution that was given to the organization in June. The gift was the single largest monetary contribution in the agency’s history. To honor the church for their generosity, Hudson River Housing called on the talents of local artist Kathleen Drag to create an original oil painting to commemorate the event. It was also announced during the event that the contribution would be used to establish the First Presbyterian Church Legacy Fund, and would be used to provide scholarships for Hudson River Housing clients seeking to further their education, as well as provide emergency assistance for clients facing unusual hardships. M&T Bank was the platinum sponsor for the event, which also included a cocktail reception, dinner, live music, and silent and live auctions, and was attended by over 150 supporters.
On July 18th or 19th, 275 volleyball enthusiasts took to the courts at Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie to participate in the 17th Annual Rooftime Volleyball Tournament. The tournament raised a record-breaking $10,322, bringing the total amount raised in the event’s history to over $100,000. Organized by Stephan Anania and Shari Wingard, Rooftime benefits the Dutchess County Coalition for the Homeless (DCCH), a project of Hudson River Housing, Inc. This year players came from as far away as California, West Virginia, and Boston to participate. Player registration fees, and proceeds from food and t-shirt sales go directly to support operations of the homeless shelter. You can find more information about the Rooftime tournament at www.rooftime.net.
On June 25th thirty-two young adults with Bike & Build Inc., a national non-profit committed to affordable housing, rolled into Poughkeepsie on their journey across the United States. The cyclists are traveling from Boston, Massachusetts to Santa Barbara, California order to raise money and awareness for affordable housing causes. The intrepid cyclists spent the day working with Hudson River Housing for a day of service learning. After a morning of volunteering at Hudson River Lodging in the Town of LaGrange, they cruised into downtown Poughkeepsie where they met with Hudson River Housing staff to tour properties slated for redevelopment and take part in a discussion of efforts to stabilize neighborhoods in the wake of foreclosure. The day ended with a celebratory community barbeque at Cannon Street Senior Housing as the cyclists set off on the next leg of their journey. The group will be traveling for more than 10 weeks and will help to build affordable housing 7 locations across the country.
On March 12, 2009 HRH supporters gathered together for the 3rd Annual Wind Chill Dinner, which raises funds for HRH’s Dutchess County Coalition for the Homeless (DCCH) emergency overnight shelter. About 90 people attended the event, which included a cocktail hour, silent auction and full dinner. The guest speaker for the evening was Brenda McCullough, a former DCCH and Hillcrest House resident who turned her life around with the help of HRH and went on to graduate from college in her fifties.The evening raised nearly $5,000 in support of DCCH.
On Thursday, February 19th, 2009 Hudson River Housing held its 27th Annual Meeting at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. With close to 100 people in attendance, the meeting was the agency’s largest ever. Gail V. Webster, Executive Director, presented the 2008 Year in Review, highlighting the agency’s work to revitalize neighborhoods, respond to the foreclosure crisis, and continue to serve the homeless, all while remaining a financially strong organization. Ed Murphy, Associate Executive Director for Real Estate Development, Christa Hines, Chief Financial Officer, and Kristine Lee, Director of Property Management, presented the 2008 Project Spotlight – Cannon Street Senior Housing. To wrap up the evening, Ms. Webster presented Robert Wright, President of Nubian Directions II, Inc. (NDI) with the annual Community Builder Award. HRH partnered with Mr. Wright through NDI’s YouthBuild Program. For over a year, teams of students working with NDI helped undertake the renovation of 60 Catharine Street, transforming a vacant, blighted building into six units of affordable housing for chronically homeless adults. Mr. Wright was presented with a custom art piece of the completed 60 Catharine Street building created by Jay Palefsky (www.morphicism.com).
On October 16th, Hudson River Housing celebrated the Grand Opening of Cannon Street Senior Housing with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. Cannon Street Senior Housing is an affordable housing complex for adults age 55 and older located at 134 Cannon Street in Poughkeepsie. Congressman Maurice Hinchey, who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, stated: “This project is the best thing to happen to Cannon Street in a while.” Representatives from the project’s funders were on hand to celebrate the project’s completion, including: David Walsh from the New York State Housing Finance Agency; Lynn Kopka from the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal; Judith Rose of NeighborWorks America; and Roger P. Akeley, Commissioner of the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development. City of Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik was also present, stating that what Hudson River Housing has accomplished is “truly remarkable for the City of Poughkeepsie.”
On Thursday, September 18th, Hudson River Housing and its many supporters took over the Poughkeepsie Grandview for the agency’s 15th Annual Evening by the Hudson dinner and auction. Honored at the event was Bernadette Barrett and her late husband John Luber, both long-time volunteers with the Dutchess County Coalition for the Homeless (DCCH). Ms. Barrett has also served as a member of Hudson River Housing’s Board of Directors since 1997, and is on the DCCH Advisory Board. During the event, Hudson River Housing Board President May Mamiya revealed that the recently renovated DCCH shelter, located at Hillcrest House in the Town of Poughkeepsie, would be dedicated in honor of Ms. Barrett and Mr. Luber, and officially named the Barrett-Luber Wing. A plaque which will be hung in the shelter was presented to Ms. Barrett. Surrounded by friends and family, Ms. Barrett expressed her humble gratitude at being the recipient of such a tribute, and reminded all those in attendance of the real reason they were at the event: “Right now, as we sit here and enjoy our dinner and this lovely evening, there are men and women coming to 269 Mill Street [the screening site for DCCH] looking for a place to spend the night.” With tears in her eyes she continued, “We are here because we all believe that no one should have to sleep on the street.”
Despite blazing temperatures, 276 volleyball enthusiasts took to the courts the weekend of July 19th and 20th to participate in the 16th Annual Rooftime Volleyball Tournament. The tournament, organized by Stephan Anania and Shari Wingard, benefits the Dutchess County Coalition for the Homeless (DCCH). Players came from all over the tri-state region to play in the tournament, which took place on the grounds of Oakwood Friends School. Player registration fees, as well as proceeds from food and t-shirt sales, are funneled directly to Hudson River Housing and used to support operations of the DCCH homeless shelter. This year’s tournament raised a record-breaking $8,127!(top of page)
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