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Come To Mount Vernon To Enjoy Some Soulful Jazz In June

Saxophonist Mike Phillips will serve as the entertainment in his home town of Mount Vernon.
Saxophonist Mike Phillips will serve as the entertainment in his home town of Mount Vernon. Photo Credit: Wartburg

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – A nationally renowned saxophonist is returning to his roots to share a taste of classic jazz with Mount Vernon seniors at the first annual “Jazz in June” gala fundraiser.

Musician Mike Phillips, a Mount Vernon native, will be the featured entertainment at the Wartburg gala, which will honor Trustee Emeritus Fred B. Renwick.

Funds raised during “Jazz in June” will be used to benefit Wartburg’s Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning Program, which promotes greater emotional health, social engagement and education for older adults through arts-based programs.

David Gentner, the president of Wartburg, praised the entertainment and the annual program.

“Jazz in June is an inaugural fundraising event for Wartburg as we continue to expand our services in the metro New York area,” he said. “There is no better cause than the award-winning choral, writing, painting, quilting and African drums creative arts program. They engage and teach adults new skills and allow them to share experiences.”

Phillips has toured with such stars as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Prince. He has recorded several solo albums and has been ranked among the top Billboard Jazz musicians.

Renwick was a member of the Wartburg board for nearly two decades before leaving his post in 2010. He held leadership roles in defense, space exploration and college programs, as well as government and pagan organizations.

“We are delighted to honor Dr. Renwick,” Eric Olsen, a Wartburg Board member who serves on the “Jazz in June” Steering Committee said. “His leadership when he served on our board helped set the stage for the growth at Wartburg, which we are experiencing today.”

Wartburg officials are already accepting reservations to the limited-seating event. The gala will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Maria Tapia-Belsito at (914) 513-5179 or mbelsito@thewartburg.org.

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