The Salvation Army is getting set to open a new community center to help meet the needs of people throughout Port Chester and surrounding communities.
A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 24 and the facility is slated to be up and running a few weeks later, according to the Salvation Army.
The center replaces property the Salvation Army lost 10 years ago on Westchester Avenue as a result of eminent domain and is to be run by Salvation Army Captains Noel and Angelica Rodriguez.
The building is a former commercial/office structure that the Salvation Army obtained permission from Port Chester to convert to its community center. The village Zoning Board of Appeals OK'd necessary variances for the facility in 2010.
In celebration of this new community center, located at 36 Bush Ave., The Salvation Army will be officially dedicating its new building and installing a new Advisory Council on June 24 that includes Port Chester Mayor Dennis G. Pilla and former Mayor Gerald L. Logan, local community organizers and business leaders. There also will be a “Victory March” from The Salvation Army’s original location at Westchester Avenue and Main Street to the new location on Bush Avenue.
"I am looking forward to their new center opening," said Pilla. "They will focus on activities like music and dancing for our youth as well as on senior programming.
The center will be an enhancement for that neighborhood and for all of Port Chester."
Among the attendees will be Commissioners R. Steven and Judith A. Hedgren, Eastern Territorial Leaders for The Salvation Army Eastern Territory.
“We are so blessed to be able to better assist those in need, and we continue to be committed to “Doing the Most Good” here in the village of Port Chester," said Lt. Colonel Guy D. Klemanski , Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army Greater New York Division, who will also be on hand at the dedication. "We are so grateful to those donors, without whom this vision might not have been realized.”
The official dedication and installation of Advisory Council members will take place at 3pm. Here's a rundown of the ceremony:
WHO: Captains Noel and Angelica Rodriguez,
The Salvation Army Port Chester Community Center
Commissioners R. Steven and Judith A. Hedgren,
Eastern Territory Leaders, The Salvation Army Eastern Territory
Lt. Colonels Guy D. & Henrietta Klemanski,
Divisional Leaders, The Salvation Army Greater New York Division
The Greater New York Youth Band/Chorus/Timbrels
Port Chester Mayor Dennis G. Pilla and former Mayor Gerald L. Logan (who will be installed as members of The Salvation Army’s Port Chester Community Center Advisory Council)
WHAT: Dedication of The Salvation Army’s new community center in
the Village of Port Chester, New York, along with a “Victory March”
WHEN: Sunday, June 24, 2012
10:30am -- Holiness Meeting
2pm -- Victory March (Westchester Avenue &
Main Street to 36 Bush Avenue)
3pm -- Dedication and Installation of new Port Chester
Community Center Advisory Council
WERE: The Salvation Army Community Center in Port Chester, New York;
36 Bush Avenue, Port Chester, New York, 10573; (914) 939-2725