Jazz in June: A Wartburg Celebration of Arts & Music


The third annual gala fundraiser for Wartburg, a leading adult care community in Westchester, NY, raised nearly $130,000 on June 18, 2015.  The event was held at the Surf Club on the Sound in New Rochelle, NY, with nearly 270 guests and 21 sponsors. This year’s honorees included Terrie M. Williams, Perkins Eastman and Redeemer Lutheran Church in the Bronx, NY.

Perkins Eastman is an award-winning, international planning, design, and consulting firm. With more than 600 completed Senior Living design projects, Perkins Eastman was instrumental in designing Wartburg’s Meadowview Assisted Living facility and the new Rehabilitation and Adult Day Services Center, Westchester’s only freestanding rehabilitation center with all private rooms and Mount Vernon’s only LEED certified building in environmental efficiency.

Terrie M. Williams is the President and Founder of The Terrie Williams Agency, best-selling author, motivational speaker and mental health advocate. In her work with The Terrie Williams Agency, she has represented some of the biggest names in entertainment, sports, business and politics. Ms. Williams is also the co-founder of New Legacy Leaders, a wellness initiative intended to inspire a generation of leaders to adopt a vision beyond depression, obesity and poverty.

Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church by God’s grace is a praying community of service that receives, teaches, celebrates and shares Christ Jesus. Eighty-seven years old and located in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, New York, Redeemer is a vibrant, growing, multicultural, multigenerational congregation serving the Bronx and lower Westchester while reaching people all over the world.

“It was a pleasure to recognize such deserving honorees.  We are so very grateful for the volunteers and sponsorship support helped make our third annual gala such a success,” said David Gentner, Wartburg President and CEO.

The gala’s Mistress of Ceremonies, nationally recognized, award-winning NY1 News senior reporter, Cheryl Wills. With 25 years’ experience as a television journalist, she is the author of the acclaimed Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale. In 2011, Cheryl made history as the first journalist to speak from the iconic stage of the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations for the UN’s International Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Atlantic Slave Trade and read from her memoir.

Attendees danced to the foot-tapping sounds of The Groove Shop. This 12-piece band was voted the “Best of New York and New Jersey” for their eclectic sound, energy and talent.

Major sponsors for Jazz in June 2015 thus far include: Perkins Eastman, Lecesse Construction, New York Alliance Lutheran Services, Morrison Community Living, Patient Care Associates, Norton Rose Fulbright and JVD Industries Ltd.

Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Nursing Homes in New York State” in 2015, for the fifth consecutive year, Wartburg ( is a not-for-profit adult community with a full range of residential options and health-related services for older area adults and their families.  Wartburg offers skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care, assisted and independent living, adult day services, home health care, spiritual care and monthly caregiver support groups.  Wartburg is also the innovator of the award-winning, internationally-recognized Council for Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning, an arts-based program to nurture body, mind and spirit.

For more information on event or sponsorship opportunities, please call or email Angela Ciminello, Director of Development, at 914-513-5179 or


Photo (L to R):  Richard Rosen of Perkins Eastman, Terrie and Marie Williams, Deaconess Raquel Rojas of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Photo (L to R): Richard Rosen of Perkins Eastman, Terrie and Marie Williams, Deaconess Raquel Rojas of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church.
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