Peekskill, NY – HRHCare (Hudson River HealthCare), a nonprofit, federally qualified health care system offering a range of medical services for underserved communities throughout the Hudson Valley and Long Island, will hold their annual Three Kings Day celebrations in Beacon, Poughkeepsie and Peekskill in early January, 2015. These free events, supported by funding from the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program, are open to all and include traditional celebratory practices from multiple Latin American and Caribbean countries. With a strong dedication to celebrating the cultural heritage of its diverse patient population, the Three Kings Day events are one way in which HRHCare fulfills its mission of providing access to health care information and services in a culturally competent manner.
Each year HRHCare celebrates this important holiday with interactive craft demonstrations, such as face-painting and piñata-making, along with food tastings, folk dancing and lively holiday music. Consulting folklorists and an interpretive program booklet will offer some ethnic and cultural context for the music, dance and the famous story of the Three Kings. The traditional ritual involving community members dressed as the Three Kings handing out aguinaldos, small gifts, to the children will conclude these fun-filled events.
This year’s line-up of performers includes music from Cesar Vele’s Inti-Andino Folkloric Group, Los Caribeños led by Edwin Rodriguez and Mariachi Viva Mexico. Drama and dance performances will also be given by Felip Santos’ Poughkeepsie Folkloric Group, Belle Ritter and Nivia Rodriguez. HRHCare and Hudson Health Plan staff will be on hand to provide health care and other community support services information.
The Beacon Three Kings Day celebration will be held from 1 PM to 4 PM on Sunday, January 4th, at St. Joachim School, 60 Liberty Street.
The Poughkeepsie celebration will be held from 10 AM to 12 PM on Saturday, January 10th, at the Partnership Family Center Auditorium, 29 North Hamilton Street.
The Peekskill celebration will be held from 2 PM to 5 PM on Saturday, January 10th, at Peekskill Middle School, 212 Ringgold Street.
HRHCare (Hudson River HealthCare) is a nonprofit, New York State licensed, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Founded in 1975 to provide care to the medically underserved population of Peekskill, HRHCare has grown to include 29 health centers delivering care throughout a 10 county region of New York to 112,000 patients with nearly 200 primary care practitioners.
HRHCare provides comprehensive services including adult and pediatric care; obstetrical and gynecological care; family planning; HIV counseling, testing and referral; dental services; mental health counseling; nutrition counseling; podiatry; WIC services; health education; and a full complement of outreach, translation, transportation, benefits counseling and health insurance enrollment assistance.
HRHCare has a profound commitment to the communities it serves and works to improve community health through partnerships and collaborations with key stakeholders including local businesses, social service agencies, housing organizations, food banks, farm worker alliances and other community organizations.
For full information: www.hrhcare.org or 1-844-HRH-CARE
For more information contact:
VP of Communications & Development
Public Relations & Development
914-524-4107 ext. 62015