Please join us at 6:30pm on January 4th at Anthology Concert Hall as Radio Personality Pete Kennedy, and Rochester’s top bands come together to honor fallen RPD Officer Manny Ortiz and to raise money for his family. Tickets are on sale at www.anthologylive.com, Record Archive, and Aaron’s Alley.
"Wright By Your Side" is an annual benefit concert to help support first responders in our local community. It is named after 23 year RPD veteran Denny Wright who was brutally stabbed in the eye and face while responding to a 911 call in 2019. This years concert benefit is dedicated to beloved RPD Officer Manny Ortiz who was killed by an accidental discharge.
A 22 year veteran of RPD, Officer Manny Ortiz was a "giant" on the force according to Rochester Police chief Ron Singletary. As a crime prevention officer with the RPD’s Community Affairs Bureau Manny was a popular and visual presence in the community. His work brought him into contact with business owners, citizens, and community groups throughout downtown and the East End. He taught neighbors to walk PAC-TAC (Police and Citizens Together Against Crime), and worked teaching security certification courses. Most importantly Manny was a beloved Father, Brother and Mentor. He leaves behind three beautiful children, a wife and fiancee. Manny will be missed.
The Manuel "Manny" Ortiz Community Policing Award will be given annually to a police officer who exemplifies what it means to be a cop's cop, servant of the community, and one who goes above and beyond not just for one day, but every day."
Chief Singletary said the award will go to someone who puts service over self, because that's what Oritz was and will always be. Through the award, Singlatary says, Ortiz's legacy of love, service and respect will forever be remembered in the Rochester Police Department.
To donate to Manny's family visit the Go Fund Me page below:
Join us for a live reading and book signing by Author Nancy Davis Kho of "The Thank-You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time."
Doors open at 7pm, full bar, refreshments, and seating. This is a FREE event.
About The Thank-You Project
The Thank-You Project tells the story of the year that writer/podcaster Nancy Davis Kho wrote thank-you letters to 50 people, places, and pastimes that had shaped her, inspired her, and helped her become the person she was. The list of recipients included family and friends, of course, but soon expanded to teachers, bosses, mentors, authors, cities, hobbies and even a handful of ex-boyfriends and former friends. (Don’t worry, turns out you don’t have to mail every letter you write to yield the happiness benefits of gratitude!) It was a wholly unexpected way to find more peace during what turned out to be a trying and turbulent time, and continues to yield benefits years down the road.
Using her own story as a springboard and the emerging science of happiness to understand why gratitude letters work, Nancy gives practical and reassuring guidance to her readers who want to start their own Thank-You Project. The book will make you laugh, think, and start drafting your list of letter recipients by the end of Chapter 1.
About Nancy Davis Kho
Nancy Davis Kho is a writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Adirondack Life, The Rumpus, The Toast, and numerous anthologies including Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now (Putnam.) She’s been recognized as a Voice of the Year in the Humor Category by BlogHer and was the inaugural champion of Oakland’s Literary Death Match. Her book THE THANK-YOU PROJECT: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time was published by Running Press in December 2019.
Nancy writes about “the years between being hip and breaking one” at MidlifeMixtape.com, and her Midlife Mixtape Podcast (available on all major podcast platforms) celebrates Gen Xers at midlife with humor, heart, and a really good beat. In August 2019, the Wall Street Journal named the Midlife Mixtape Podcast to its list of “8 Podcasts for Anyone Nervously Facing Retirement.” Nancy is from Rochester and now lives with her husband and two daughters in Oakland, California.