Senior Gala Raises More Than $100,000

   Taka Kigawa Performs

Photo Credit: Ebbe Sweet 

Guests who were delighted by cocktails, dinner, musical entertainment and a live auction at the Tribeca Rooftop on October 15, 2012 helped to raise more than $100,000 in support of senior services for thousands of New York City seniors. The evening celebrated those in the community that have been instrumental in ensuring these services, as well as the union of two long-standing traditions of excellence: Greenwich House and The Caring Community.

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Honorees included: New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane; Deborah McManus and the D J McManus Foundation; and the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York. Ms. Arleen Knauer, a member of Center on the Square and founder of the knitting club there, also spoke about the impact that the senior center has had on her life, remarking how it provided a cherished connection to the community after the passing of her husband, Lenny Knauer.

As he accepted his award, Senator Duane commented on his extensive relationship with Greenwich House, noting that “whether people agree with his politics or not, his work with the senior community is something he’ll always be proud of.” After a heartfelt story from Deborah McManus on the trips she took with her mother that inspired the “Eleanor’s Outings” program she was recognized for, Betty Jones, accepting the award on behalf of the First Presbyterian Church noted that “our work is not done.”

“We must continue to work for these services to ensure a lasting vitality for New York City seniors,” she continued. Center services include health and wellness classes ranging from “Brainercise” and Shakespeare to Tai Chi and Chinese Calligraphy as well as mental health and assistance programs like Daily Money Management. Through its four centers, Greenwich House serves more than 20 percent of the seniors living in lower Manhattan.

The evening culminated in what audience members referred to as a “breathtaking performance” from renowned pianist Taka Kigawa, faculty member at Greenwich House Music School. Renditions of Schumann, Chopin and Debussy—all played from memory—were the perfect exclamation point for an evening that emphasized the power of individuals to inspire and create and the impact their collective efforts can have.

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