Open Your Heart Cocktail Concert Benefits Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie

    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – On April 7, 2017, the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie hosted their 5th annual Open Your Heart Cocktail Concert at The Grandview. Over 200 guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The highlight of the evening was a musical performance by Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway, a musical revue of Broadway’s most celebrated shows featuring a dazzling cast of stars. Performers included producer and musician Neil Berg, actress/singer Rita Harvey and actor/singer William Michals.

    This year’s event was co-chaired by board members Ellen Staino and Suzi Stoller. “This evening was a beautiful celebration of the Children’s Home and the wonderful work it does. The Home is truly a place of healing and hope, and that sentiment was reflected by guests and staff alike, throughout the evening,” said Stoller. “This event gets bigger and better each year,” said Children’s Home Executive Director, Walter J. Joseph. “I personally look forward to this event and especially enjoy sharing the good work of the Children’s Home among so many generous friends and supporters.”

    Rose & Kiernan, Inc. was the Event Sponsor. For more than 125 years, Rose & Kiernan has been a leading general insurance agency in the North East, highly regarded for both their insurance expertise and community involvement. Visit them at

    Additional sponsors included Presenting Sponsor – Ulster Savings Bank; Friend Sponsors – Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp, Consigli Construction Co., Inc.,  Foster Flooring, IBM Corporation, JSA Financial Group, Jackson Lewis, PC, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, McCabe & Mack LLP, North River Abstract Corp., The Poggiogalle Family, Poughkeepsie Galleria, Rhinebeck Bank, Tinkelman Architecture PLLC, Dr. Peter and Mrs. Cathy Varunok and Veith Electric. The Signature Cocktail Sponsor was Wendy’s.

    Proceeds from this event support the mission and programs of the Children’s Home in serving abused and neglected children in the Hudson Valley and surrounding communities.

    Photo Credit: Erik Christian Photography