Jazz for the Gardens A Big Hit

Joie Schinelli

Joie Schinelli

The second annual Jazz for the Gardens was recently held by the Woman’s Club of White Plains. The event, which took place in its historic clubhouse, the CV Rich Mansion, is one of many taking place this year to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Woman’s Club.

The performance was attended by nearly 90 people. The music which included many popular hits was provided by vocalist Alma Micic, an internationally renowned performer, Hiroshi Yamazaki on keyboard, Nick Bello on sax, John Lang on bass and Jake Robinson on drums. Mr. Yamakazi, Lang and Robinson are also faculty members of the Music Conservatory of Westchester. An enthusiastic and appreciative crowd enjoyed a stellar performance by all accounts. The weather was picture perfect allowing guests to appreciate the beauty of the gardens as well as the house itself.

In addition to the music, guests were treated to a variety of hot and cold appetizers provided by Caperberry Events and wines by Vino 100. Cathy’s Biscotti supplied a variety of gourmet biscotti for the guests as they departed. Prizes including gift certificates from Trevi Italian Restaurant, Chatterbox 54 restaurant and the Capitol Theater, chocolates from Prescriptions Plus as well as fashions from LOLA NY were raffled off.

As with last year’s event, the fundraiser was held to support the improvement and restoration of the gardens at the CV Rich Mansion, the home of the Woman’s Club since 1930. The 106 year old house is a classic Italianate villa with beautiful terraced gardens in back. Upcoming projects include installation of a sprinkler system, restoration of the Japanese garden adjacent to the auditorium, trellising on the ballroom wall and improvements to the parking area and front entrance. Proceeds from Jazz for the Gardens will be used to fund these plans.

The Woman’s Club of White Plains is a diverse group of women with a shared sense of civic responsibility and a desire to give back to the community. Its mission is to enhance the lives of others as well as their members by participating in and sponsoring volunteer, charitable and fund-raising activities as well as social, educational and networking opportunities. In addition, the Club is also responsible for maintaining and restoring the historic CV Rich mansion, its clubhouse since 1930. The Woman’s Club believes every woman can contribute to the various opportunities the Club offers and invites women of all ages to join them as they continue their work to improve our communities. For more information about Club events and membership, see the website www.womansclubofwhiteplains.org.

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