The Concert for Jenn is a night of comedy and music honoring the life of Jennifer Orr, who passed away late last year after a nearly 20-year struggle with mental health & addiction issues. Jenn's struggles culminated in her taking her own life in November of 2022. Jennifer was so much more than her struggles, though. She was an avid supporter of the local music scene as well as a member of the local comedy and burlesque scenes. She was a staunch and fearless advocate for the causes she cared about and loved helping people. This event will combine three of Jenn's passions: music, comedy, and giving back.
Buffalo has a lack of viable options for those struggling with mental health, addiction, and the intersection of these two areas. Thankfully, a new resource is opening in East Buffalo courtesy of Recovery Options Made Easy (ROME). The new Kirsten Vincent Respite & Recovery Center will support crisis stabilization and continued recovery. Creating this first-of-its-kind model in New York State proves much more effective and cost-efficient than the traditional hospital stay, benefiting all of Western New York. This innovative model of recovery allows individuals a safe space of calm to regroup and recover. This environment becomes more vital than ever in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, it's important that this facility is opening in East Buffalo, as there are clear racial disparities in access to mental healthcare across the country, but especially in a city as segregated as Buffalo. All proceeds from ticket sales, raffles at the event, and this GoFundMe page will benefit ROME's respite programs in the Kirsten Vincent Respite & Recovery Center.