MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The fourth annual Jazz in June gala for Wartburg Adult Care Community, a leading senior service provider in Mount Vernon, raised nearly $165,000 on June 16 at the Surf Club on the Sound in New Rochelle, with over 300 guests and 36 sponsors.
This year’s event included special guests B. Smith and Dan Gasby, and honorees included Larry Fair, The Wartburg Orphans’ Farm School alumnus and founder/CEO of The Future Society, Inc., ; partner and service provider, the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley NY Chapter; and longtime spiritual partner, St. Peter’s Church in New York City.
B. Smith, an international model, TV host, restaurateur and author, and her husband and television producer, Dan Gasby, were this year’s keynote speakers. B. Smith was diagnosed in 2012 with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 62. B. and Dan have since been praised for their bare-all book about their journey, “Before I Forget: Love, Hope and Acceptance in our Fight Against Alzheimer’s.”
“B. and I were delighted to participate in the 150th anniversary of Wartburg,” said Gasby. “What we have come to understand is that Wartburg has had a history of going out of its way for those in need and as time changed, Wartburg has adapted to be a 21st-century senior care facility for those who need it and those who care for them know that their loved one will be taken care of with dignity and security.”
The funds will benefit Wartburg’s senior care, including a wide range of services to both residents on its 34-acre campus and seniors living at home throughout neighboring communities. All of the services provide specialized memory care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
“It was a pleasure to recognize such deserving honorees, and we were especially pleased to recognize B. Smith and Dan Gasby," said David Gentner, Wartburg president and CEO. "We are so very grateful for the volunteers and sponsorship support that helped make our fourth annual gala such a success.”