Photo by Tom Rivers:      Nyla Gaylord, center, is executive director of the Geneses Orleans Ministry of Concern.  With her is the committee that planned the agency’s 50th anniversary celebration.  From left in back include: Sister Dolores O’Dowd, Judy Boyle, Bob Golden, Amy Monti, Mary Grace Demarse, Kelly Murray and Pat Morrissey. 

Highlights from the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Hickory Ridge Golf Course and Resort, April 21, 2018.

The Genesee Orleans Ministry of Concern celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 with a banquet and celebration at Hickory Ridge Golf Course.

NY State Assemblyman Steve Hawley shared a proclamation commemorating agency’s 50th anniversary, as did Lynne Johnson, Chair of the Orleans County Legislature along with John Deleo on behalf of the Genesee County Legislature.  John LaFalce, former U.S. Congressman and a long time supporter of the Ministry of Concern, also attended and addressed the crowd.

A visual history of photos and articles about the work of the Ministry of Concern played during dinner.  Doug and Kate Egling, and Rob Robinson and the "A" Band entertained the crowd as they enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and dinner.

Sister Marian Adrian, former long time director and sustaining supporter, spoke about the work of the agency and the need to celebrate its success.  Former executive directors, Rev. Timothy Hoyt, Lisa Ireland and Rev. Laverne Bates also attended the celebration.  

“We’re celebrating that we’re still in existence and on an upswing,” Gaylord told the audience. “We’re on solid ground and moving forward to address community needs in partnership with local government and other organizations.”

Ms. Gaylord closed with her favorite quote that characterizes the enduring success and philosophy of the leadership of the Ministry of Concern, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

 A copy of the agency history that appeared in the event program is available by request.