Sold Out Greenhouse Party Benefits KNOX, Inc.

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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.
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“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.
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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.
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“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.”

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