BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
New York State’s largest not-for-profit, Independent Living retirement community will be home to the second annual “Jazz Up In The Sky” fundraiser.
The event will be held on June 19th from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the Flushing House Rooftop.
The purpose of the event is to raise money for the Flushing House endowment fund. The money that is raised is to ensure security for the seniors who might not be able to pay for the housing.
According to the United Adult Ministry’s database, Flushing House provides seniors with gourmet meals, exciting activities, amenities and more to help them “continue to live independently with the peace of mind of knowing they can access onsite services and support when needed.”
International jazz vocalist, Deborah Davis will be headlining the event with her group Deborah Davis and a Few Good Men.
Although she’s the headliner, Davis will be performing solely to help support the seniors at the Flushing House. Although she is the entertainer for this event, she will not be paid for performing but expenses for the day, such as food and parking, will be covered.
“In order to have a well-fulfilled life, you have to do some sort of giving back,” Davis said. “It’s really important to build a certain amount of giving out of the kindness of your heart.”
Davis, who considers herself to be the queen of charity, says that musicians’ overall goal is to spread love, joy, hope and peace through their music, not for the money.
Davis opened for people like Diana Ross, Celine Dion, Eric Clapton and Alicia Keys. She’s also appeared with legendary greats like Ray Brown, Lionel Hampton, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel.
Davis also performed for dignitaries at the United Nations and for former President Bill Clinton. In 2004, Davis and her band represented the U.S. as jazz ambassadors to Latin America.
Also performing is Christi Gehrisch, whom specializes in music of the 1920s-40s, including New Orleans Jazz, Swing, and American Songbook. Also performing is Steve Peppas, which are four local seniors who specialize in both jazz standards and classical jazz.
In addition to the live performances, there will be a gourmet feast, wine and beer, a dance floor on the rooftop that shows the New York skyline, and an art show and sale by Flushing House supporters.
In order to attend “Jazz Up In The Sky” guests are to RSVP by June 15th. The costs for tickets are $100 per person or $150 per couple. You can either purchase your ticket via phone, email, or by submitting a ticket sales form on JazzUpInTheSky.com. There are several methods for purchasing tickets, for more information feel free to call Robert F. Salant at (347) 532-3025.