MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Wartburg, a nonprofit, Lutheran organization in Mount Vernon, got its start as an orphanage and farm school in 1866.
It began taking care of older adults just before the turn of the 20th century.
Now the adult-care community serves seniors throughout Westchester County and the metropolitan area.
Wartburg said it plans to hold events throughout the coming year to mark its 150th anniversary and will kick off celebrations with a "Jazz in June" gala.
The 4th annual fundraiser will feature keynote speaker B. Smith, a renowned model, television host, restaurateur, and author.
B. Smith, who was disgnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2012, and her husband, Dan Gasby, have co-authored a book about their struggles.
“Before I Forget: Love, Hope and Acceptance in our Fight Against Alzheimer’s” was published this year.
Dominic Carter, a reporter and political commentator for Verizon Fios/RNN News and a blogger for The Huffington Post, will be the evening’s emcee.
The Groove Shop, a New Jersey party band, will provide the musical entertainment.
The gala will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, at The Surf Club on the Sound, located at 280 Davenport Ave., New Rochelle.
Tickets are $250.
For gala details, contact Karen Thomas by calling (914)-513-5308, or by emailing her at KThomas@wartburg.org.
Wartburg is at One Wartburg Place, Mount Vernon. It can be reached by calling (855)-927-8287.
For more information about the organization, visit its website at www.wartburg.org .