You couldn’t help but notice the purple hue of the lights coming from the KNOX, Inc. greenhouse Friday evening as guests made their way past tiki torches to KNOX’s sold-out Urban Greenhouse Party in Hartford.
More than 300 gathered in the warmed (to 75 degrees) greenhouse for the carnival-themed party, a fundraiser and community building event for the environmental nonprofit on Laurel Street in Hartford.
“I bring the people to the programs,” explained Charmaine Craig, director of Community Outreach for KNOX. “We have five core programs here at KNOX and I manage four of them.”
Craig jokes that folks may think she hibernates in the winter, but she’s far from hibernating. Once March comes, Craig says they run non-stop until October.
“For me it’s a spiritual journey,” said Craig. “This is what the Lord has directed me to do. I’ve always wanted to be a healer and I feel like I’m healing the city of Hartford by what I do.”
And kudos to Craig who was recently recognized for her environmental work and featured in Aetna’s African American History Calendar as one of 12 urban sustainability heroes.
Among the 300 guests enjoying music, cuisine and beer and wine were Ron Pitz, KNOX executive director; board member Rita Decker-Parry; board president Camielle Griffiths; Cheryl and Hank Stephenson of East Hartford; and Mayor Pedro Segarra. Guests were even treated to a carnival dance performance during the party.
“I’ve been with KNOX for close to three years, it’s a wonderful organization” said Griffiths. “I wanted an opportunity to help KNOX further it’s mission in the community.”