Croton-on-Hudson – The Croton Community Coalition will hold its Fourth Annual Candlelight Vigil, Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6pm – 8pm at Vassallo Park, Old Post Road South.
The annual event is free and open to the public and is organized to proactively keep Croton teens safe and drug free.
Croton parents who have lost children to drug overdoses are scheduled to address the gathering. In addition, members of the Teen Leadership Council from Croton Harmon High School will read inspirational poetry and perform songs of hope and remembrance. On display will be a six-foot tall candle covered with testimonials written by Croton High School students in memory, support or in honor of people they know who have been affected by substance abuse.
“The Candlelight Vigil is the Coalition’s annual signature event in celebration of people in recovery, in support of people struggling with substance use, in memory of people who lost their lives because of alcohol or drugs,” said Laurie Dean, Croton Community Coalition Coordinator.
Guest speakers scheduled to appear are: Judith Anderson, the lay chaplain of the Croton Fire Department who has worked at Graymoor with homeless men struggling with substance abuse and Dave Gerber, director of counseling and shelter services at Graymoor. Introductory remarks will be made by Ellen Hackett, student assistance counselor at Croton-Harmon High School and Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School, and Laurie Dean, who is the Coalition coordinator.
Participants are invited back to the Holy Name of Mary Church for hot chocolate and refreshments.