NEWBURGH - For the 19th consecutive year, Painter’s Restaurant in Cornwall-on-Hudson hosted the annual Love-Gently Dinner, a fundraiser for Safe Homes of Orange County featuring local personalities and public figures volunteering as wait staff. On March 20th, over 200 Love-Gently followers gathered at the former Cornwall Inn and helped raise $5,500 to help support the agency’s comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence.
Painter’s owners Salvatore and Peter Buttiglieri and their staff hosted and co-sponsored the event, working with celebrity waiters and donating all tips to the fundraiser. Among celebrity wait-staff were Brendan Coyne, Mayor, and Jeanne Mahoney, Clerk, with the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson; Kevin Quigley, Town Supervisor, Mary Beth Greene-Krafft, Deputy Supervisor, Randy Clark Councilman and Maryann O’Dell, Receiver of Taxes with the Town of Cornwall; and James Ferrara, Cornwall Artist/Photographer.
Live music was provided by Dr. Dean Scher, COO and Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County; David Jolly, Commissioner for O.C. Department of Social Services; and friends Matthew Scherdin and Gerry Baer.
Safe Homes works toward eliminating domestic violence by offering comprehensive support services to survivors and by increasing public awareness through education and prevention programs. For help, please call Safe Homes’ 24-hour hotline: 1-888-503-4673 (HOPE).