Croton Community Coalition to Hold Fifth Annual Candlelight Vigil to Proactively Keep Croton Teens Safe and Drug-Free

Croton-on-Hudson, NY – The Croton Community Coalition will hold its Fifth Annual Candlelight Vigil on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 6pm – 8pm at Vassallo Park, Old Post Road South, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Organizers of the annual vigil welcome everyone who wishes to celebrate loved ones in recovery, support those struggling with substance use, and remember those who lost their lives because of alcohol or drugs.

“Even though this is our Fifth Annual Candlelight Vigil, the necessity of having a community-wide event like this grows stronger every year. With our recent grant renewal, the Coalition will continue to be the catalyst to bring all sectors of the community together around this topic. Local problems like drug and alcohol addiction require local, community-driven solutions and awareness,” said Laurie Dean, Coalition Coordinator.

Members of the Teen Leadership Council from Croton Harmon High School will read poetry and perform songs of hope and remembrance and a keynote speaker will talk about the consequences of drug and alcohol use and abuse. There will be brief introductory remarks from Coalition leaders.

Participants are invited back to the Holy Name of Mary Church for hot chocolate and refreshments. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. This is one of the Coalition’s signature annual events.

About the Coalition: The Croton Community Coalition works proactively to keep Croton teens safe and drug-free, and acts as a resource for Croton teens and parents to make informed choices about drugs and alcohol. The Coalition’s program of work is funded through a federal grant and was recently renewed for another five years For more information, visit: or email the Coalition at