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Wartburg Raises $120,000 For Mount Vernon Seniors

The Rev. Amandus Derr and honoree Fred Renwick at the Mount Vernon fund-raiser.
The Rev. Amandus Derr and honoree Fred Renwick at the Mount Vernon fund-raiser. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The Wartburg raised more than $120,000 for Mount Vernon senior citizens last week at the inaugural “Jazz in June” gala fund-raiser.

Mount Vernon-native Mike Phillips – an internationally renowned saxophonist – provided entertainment for  the 328 guests honoring Fred B. Renwick, a Wartburg trustee emeritus, at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle.

All proceeds raised at the fund-raiser will benefit Wartburg’s Creative Aging and Life-Long Learning Programs, which promote improved emotional health and social engagement through the arts.

“There is no better cause for these funds than our award-winning Creative Aging Programs, which include choral, writing, painting, quilting and African drum classes at Wartburg,” David J. Gentner, the president of Wartburg said. “They engage and teach our seniors new skills and allow them to share creative experiences.

Renwick served as a member of the Wartburg board for nearly two decades. He was a professor at the New York University Stern School of Business and a director of Morehouse College in Atlanta. He has written several books on investment and finance.

The Rev. Amandus Derr, Wartburg board chair and member of the gala's Steering Committee said that Renwick was instrumental in the progress that has been made at the facility in the last 20 years.

“We are delighted to honor Dr. Renwick,” he said. “His leadership when he served on our board helped set the stage for the growth at Wartburg that we are experiencing today.”

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