Attendees from all corners of Westchester County, representing business, religious and private sectors, enjoyed a Dinner & Auction evening this summer at the Orienta Beach Club in Mamaroneck. This successful fundraising event was sponsored by two county-based homeless housing advocacy organizations
: SHORE (Sheltering the Homeless is Our Responsibility) and I CARE (Interfaith Council for Affordable Residence) which are currently serving families in the Cities of White Plains and Yonkers, and villages of Sleepy Hollow, Ardsley, Mamaroneck and Larchmont.
At right, Joseph Petrillo, All New York Title; Ken Creary, SHORE; John Martin All New York Title; Jane Perkinson, SHORE; Rev. Julie Emery, Associate Pastor, and Rev. Dr. William P. Crawford, Senior Pastor, Larchmont Avenue Church
The well attended Midsummer Dinner recognized two organizations which have histories of providing for families and individuals in need: The Larchmont Avenue Church (programs such as Midnight Run, “Raise Your Hand,” non-violence and civil rights education) and All New York Title Agency (providing critical title insurance for the many non-profits throughout the county arranging for homeless housing). Also recognized was longtime SHORE Board Secretary Jane Perkinson for her 25 years of dedicated service to the community.
The evening’s agenda also included a SHORE & I CARE progress report by Ken Creary, President of SHORE. The two organizations are in the process of merging their operations to combine and leverage the strengths of both groups. Together they have developed 30 units of housing for homeless families, low-income renters and first-time homebuyers in lower Westchester County. The properties require upkeep and maintenance and Creary announced the intent to establish a Capital Fund to provide a long-term source of funding.
The etched crystal awards were presented to Larchmont Avenue Church (represented by Rev. Dr. William Crawford) by Caroline Silverstone, President of I CARE, and to All New York Title Agency (represented by its principals Joseph Petrillo, Esq. and John Martin, Esq.) by Rosemarie Noonan, Executive Director, Housing Action Council.
For additional information about SHORE and I CARE please visit the website at http://shelteringthehomeless.org or call 914-328-1896