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Walking Dead Actor, Famous Wife Help Out At Hudson Valley Children Treatment Center

A couple of local celebrities took the time to better the Hudson Valley.


Jeffrey Dean Morgan of the Walking Dead and his wife, One Tree Hill’s Hilarie Burton volunteered at Astor Services for Children & Families in Rhinebeck to help renovate one of the non-profit’s 57-year-old residential treatment center.

The celebrity couple, who live in Rhinebeck, were joined by dozens of other volunteers to provide critical hands-on assistance in the mini-renovation of 10 of the residential treatment center’s 44 beds, including developing finish selections and designs, securing pro-bono contractors and coordinating donated goods.

“Once these four existing wings are renovated, our endgame is to raise enough money to build an entirely new wing,” Burton said. “I’m proud that out of all of New York State, our community is where the Astor organization decided to bring these important kids.”

In the fall of 2016, the famous couple participated in Astor’s Ghostories fundraiser, which supported the first phase of the restoration project.

Rhinebecks’ Astor Services for Children & Families provides behavioral and educational services for children and their families in the Hudson Valley and Bronx.

“We are extremely grateful for the support and initiative Hilarie and Jeffrey have shown for the upcoming RTC renovation project,” Ed Pruitt, assistant executive director, residential programs at Astor said. “The care, focus and commitment displayed is matched only by their compassion for the children and a deep sense of community.”

Astor now has 33 locations across Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties, as well as the Bronx, where they provide Residential Programs; Early Childhood Programs; and Community-Based Behavioral Health and Prevention Services to over 7,000 children and families each year.

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