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November 14th, 2012

Safe Homes dinner raises $34k to fight domestic abuse

At the event, from left to right, were Richard Hovey, Deputy Chief of Police for the Town of New Windsor; 1st Sergeant Francis Pierri, Director of the Police Chiefs’ Association of Orange County Police Academy, an honoree; Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, Safe Homes’ Executive Director; Carl DuBois, Orange County Sheriff; Dominick Blasko, Town of Crawford Chief of Police; and the Hon. John K. McGuirk, J.S.C. (retired), Hope Award honoree

NEWBURGH - Safe Homes of Orange County’s annual fundraising and awards dinner held on October 25, 2012 gathered close to 200 friends and supporters and raised $34,000 for the agency’s comprehensive services for domestic violence survivors and public education programs.

One of the agency’s many events in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this year’s Celebration of Hope Dinner recognized the Hon. John K. McGuirk, a recently-retired Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, 9th Judicial District; 1st Sergeant Francis M. Pierri, Director of the Police Chiefs’ Association of Orange County Police Academy; Cornwall-based Safe & Sound Home Services, Corp.; and the memory of Elaine Tilford Schneer, 34-year Town Clerk for the Town of Cornwall, and 18-year Safe Homes’ volunteer.

The event was sponsored by Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc., Crystal Run Healthcare, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, Orange Regional Medical Center, Mediacom, and Provident Bank.

Among the event guests were many notable figures including Hon. Francis D. Phillips, II, District Attorney; County Clerk, Donna Benson; Hon. Leigh J. Benton, 16th Legislative District; County Sheriff Carl DuBois; the Hon. Richard Thorpe, Justice for the Town of New Windsor; Kevin Quigley, Supervisor for the Town of Cornwall; Steve Neuhaus, Supervisor for the Town of Chester; Mayor Kyle Roddey, Village of Goshen; Attorney Risa Sugarman, Deputy Commissioner, Director, Office of Sex Offender Management, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services; Dr. Dean Scher, COO and Executive Director, Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County; Nadia Allen, Executive Director, Mental Health Association in Orange County; Marcel Martino, Executive Director, Inspire; Christopher Fortune, Executive Director, Orange AHRC; Rhonda Green, Southern Regional Director, Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.; and Bill Jolly, Director, Occupations, Inc.

Safe Homes works toward the elimination of domestic violence by offering confidential and comprehensive support services to survivors, and by increasing public awareness through education and prevention programs.

For more information about Safe Homes of Orange County, one can visit or call 845-562-5365.

For help, call Safe Homes’ 24-hour hotline at 1-888-503-4673 (HOPE).

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