[members-announce] Houston Person Concert (Corrected Message)
kmathieu at trwg.com
Tue Aug 12 21:22:49 EDT 2003
Houston Person Back By Popular Demand
A Sunday afternoon jazz concert, an awards ceremony and a festive
celebration will be among the highlights of the 50th Anniversary Garden
Party of the Friends of Dr. W.F. Willoughby.
The Garden Party will be held in the auditorium of the Learning Center
at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center on Sunday, September 28 at 4
pm. The program will include a concert by world-renowned tenor
saxophonist Houston Person and the Houston Person Quartet. The
award-winning musician, bandleader and producer returns by popular
demand. His musical partner Etta Jones shared top billing with him at
the annual event until her passing in 2001.
The anniversary celebration will mark fifty years of service by the
Friends, an auxiliary of the Medical Center. The group was founded in
1953 by residents of Englewood’s Fourth Ward under the leadership of
community leader Maria C. Davis, an African-American woman who
dedicated much of her life to charitable and civic causes. When she
died at the age of 100 in 1992, her biography cited the Medical Center
as the organization that gave her the greatest pride. Mrs. Davis, who
was president of the Friends for 30 years, also served on the board of
trustees for what was then Englewood Hospital. The Garden Party was
held at Mrs. Davis’s home until 1985. The event was moved to the
Galillee Methodist Church in Englewood and then to the Medical Center.
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is home to the Dizzy Gillespie
Memorial Fund. Under the leadership of Frank Forte, MD, the Medical
Center has provided free health care to jazz musicians in need for
almost ten years..
The group is named for W.F. Willoughby, MD, the first African-American
physician at the hospital. Dr. Willoughby, who died in 1945, was
widely respected as a physician and humanitarian. The group was
founded as a living memorial to him and to carry out his commitment to
quality healthcare. “In their fifty-year history, the Friends have
gone above and beyond their mission of honoring the memory of Dr.
Willoughby,” said Mr. Daniel Kane, president of the Medical Center.
“They have distinguished themselves by their long legacy of service to
the community and their steadfast commitment to quality healthcare at
the Medical Center.”
The early efforts of the Friends to help the hospital included the
Garden Party and grassroots endeavors like 25-cent luncheons and food
drives to stock the hospital’s pantry for its patients. The group has
also raised money to purchase items on the hospital’s wish list,
including the information desk that stood in the front lobby for many
Since 1986, the group has raised scholarship money for African-American
students in training programs at the Medical Center. This year’s
scholarship winners are Hawa Jeneka of Newark, NJ and Margaret Bocage
of Spring Valley, NY, students in the UMDNJ-RCNJ-EHMC, Joint BSN
Partnership Program, a collaborative effort by the Medical Center, the
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Ramapo College.
The amount of the award will be determined by the proceeds of the event.
Auxiliary president Jeanne Hopewell of Englewood is proud that it is
common for supporters who have moved out of the area or are unable to
attend for other reasons to send a donation. “We enjoy the
participation of both music lovers and loyal supporters of Englewood
Hospital and Medical Center,” said Ms. Hopewell, who succeeded Mrs.
Davis as president of the Friends in 1983.
The Garden Party will include the official announcement of the
scholarship winners, the concert and refreshments. Adele Thomas, a
former scholarship recipient, will be the master of ceremonies. Bertha
Banton, the group’s only surviving charter member, will be an honored
Houston Person’s talent, powerful stage presence and extensive
international live performance schedule have earned him a place in
music history and the dedication of fans around the world. He has
recorded more than 75 albums playing with such legendary greats as
Eddie Harris and Cedar Walton and has been a guest artist on recordings
with Lou Rawls, Lena Horne and many others. Three of his most recent
albums are Blue Velvet, Soft Lights and Dialogues, a recording of duets
with bassist Ron Carter. Mr. Person is also a distinguished record
producer and bandleader.
Garden Party organizers are seeking items of interest about the Friends
and the Garden Party, including memorabilia, photos, newspaper
clippings and personal remembrances. Also being collected are updates
and testimonials from previous scholarship recipients and Garden Party
guests and supporters.
Material for the historical search should be sent to the Friends of Dr.
W.F. Willoughby, c/o Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation,
350 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ, 07631 or e-mailed to
leslie.mayor at ehmc.com. Senders should include their addresses and
daytime phone numbers
For more information about the Garden Party and to reserve a seat, call
201-567-3961. Advance reservations are requested, and Sponsors,
Patrons and Friends who respond by September 15 will have their names
listed in the program. The mailing address for reservations and
donations is: 50th Anniversary Garden Party, Friends of Dr. W.F.
Willoughby, 78 Amsterdam Avenue, Teaneck, New Jersey 07666. The cost
per person is $50 (Sponsor), $45 (Patron), $35 (Friend), $20 (General),
$5 (Student). All checks should be made payable to the Friends of Dr.
The Learning Center is located at the north end of the campus of
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, 350 Engle St, Englewood, New
Jersey, 07631. Free parking will be available in front of the
building. Directions to the Medical Center are available at
englewoodhospital.com or by calling 201-894-3000 and asking for the
For more information, contact Leslie Mayor at 201-3524 or leslie.mayor
at leslie.mayor at ehmc.com.
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