Al Channon Memorial

Channon Memorial

Cathy Channon delivering her remarks with son Steven

The Al Channon Memorial was dedicated Wednesday, October 16.  Opengate CEO, Brian Hulten, addressed a group of about two dozen Channon relatives, Rivera House residents, Board Members and staff.  He recalled the many years of service Al Channon had given to Opengate through his Board membership, and his leadership as Chair.  Al’s important role on the Construction Committee as the agency expanded were noted as irreplaceable.  Board member and friend Bob Rosenthal remarked on the longevity and durability of his service and the legacy that he left Opengate.

Cathy Channon delivered a thoughtful remembrance of all that her late husband meant to her family and Opengate and she held her son Steven’s hand.  Martine Channon, Al’s daughter read a moving poem her mother had written to mark the occassion that described an evolution of feeling between Al and Steven.  It is below.

A Father’s Ode to His Son

I took your hand in mine one day
To keep my dream alive
That someday soon your hand in mine
Would finally arrive.

I took your hand in mine one day
So you could know my heart.
And then one day your hand took mine;
You looked at me and I could see your heart.

You held my hand as if we’d never part.
My spirits soared to heights of pleasure,
And every time we met again
When your hand would reach for mine I knew
You would always be my treasure.

by Cathy Channon at the Dedication of the Al Channon Memorial at Rivera House
October 16, 2013

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Opengate Advisory Board

Opengate Advisory Board

CEO Brian Hulten with Advisory Board members (l to r, Brian Hulten, Paula Desperito, Lia Grasso (Board Liaison), Mary Rolla, Michael LaMagna, Esq.,  Joy Rosenzweig; not pictured, Al DelBello, Esq., Hon. Nan Hayworth, MD, Scott Hayworth, MD, Geraldo Rivera)

Opengate’s Advisory Board met at our Armonk office to discuss ways to promote the work of the Agency.  Topics ranged from social media to opportunities for the Rose Greenhouse.

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Opengate residents go to Microsoft Store

Residents at Microsoft

Residents at the Microsoft Store in the Danbury Fair Mall

Once a week for a six week session, 16 Opengate residents have been participating in a free program sponsored by Microsoft.  They go to the Microsoft Store in the Danbury Fair Mall where they have been enjoying the store’s large TV and Xbox Kinect games. During 90 minute program, they emerse themselves in various games and programs.  Not only are we the beneficiaries of the in-store plan, at the end of the session Microsoft will donate a $500 gift card to Opengate that will go toward the purchase of some of the same games and programs for our residents.

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Octoberfest Slated for October 16

As the temperatures drop and the leaves start to turn, Opengate starts its planning for the annual Octoberfest. One of the signature events of the year for our residents, the 2013 event will be held at The Pinnacle at Heritage Hills on October 16.  In addition to celebrating with season with festive decorations and delicious food, everyone’s favorite part is dancing to our favorite DJ.

Scenes from previous Oktoberfest Celebrations.

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On line Auction

online auction

Stay tuned for Opengate’s first online auction.  Art, travel, dining and collectibles will all be available for bidding from the convenience of your home or office.

We are still soliciting items, so if you have something that you would like to donate to the cause, let us know.

Click on the photo to log into our secure site to browse and donate!

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