Over 200 Jazz Up to Help Fund Senior Playgrounds

Houston philanthropists, artists, designers, and loyal supporters attended the Great Age Movement’s 2nd Annual Jazz Luncheon on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. More than 200 guests helped the Great Age Movement pursue their goals this year to
help fund senior playgrounds in green spaces and develop programs led by volunteers who will promote health, learning and socialization.
The luncheon began with a jazz performance by Bubba McNeely Duo, which played a tribute to famed musician Duke Ellington. Robin Rettig Carlson and Jerry Foote with Dance Force Production showed off their swing moves. Local PBS host and Master of Ceremonies Ernie
welcomed guests and Great Age Movement Founder Fritz J. McDonald shared a few words about the organization’s commitment to mobilizing the senior population through sustainable community projects in Houston and surrounding areas. Fritz introduced Honorary Chairs, Dr. Carolyn Farb, hc and Peter Martino along with Co-chairs, Staci Henderson and
Barbara Reyna.
While guests enjoyed brunch, international socialite, global political activist and Honoree Joanne King Herring was introduced by business titan Welcome Wilson, Sr. KHOU’s Deborah Duncan had the pleasure to introduce Honoree Mercedes Ellington, a legendary choreographer, dancer and granddaughter of Duke Ellington. The luncheon also honored former Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who was introduced by Carolyn Farb. The Great Age Movement honored Herring, Ellington and Buzz who inspire, lead by example, and live with purpose.

Mercedes Ellington and Antonio Conde of River Oaks School of Dancing dazzled the crowd with a special ballroom dance performance which left everyone on the edge of their seats. Ellington and her dance partner gave an encore performance followed by a heartfelt tribute to the late longtime supporter Connie Warner by her loving husband, Red Warner. The Dance Force Production headed to the dance floor for one last performance while supporters got active on bidding in the silent auction with items that included . Jazz hands filled the room during the live auction which included exotic trips, luxury goods, and live paintings by Patti Lennon Potter and Edgar Medina. Fine jewels were on display by Peter Martino.

Sunday’s Luncheon was supported by many individuals, community partners and generous underwriters, including: Tony Berry, V.P. at Carlson Wagonlit, St. Four Season Hotel, St. Regis Hotel, Neal Hamil Agency, Brigitte Falai, Shirlee & John Jamail, Jr., Joan Wilson, Farida Hasanali, Deanna Rawlings, Graydon Parrish, Sequoia Schmidt, Amanda Abiassi, Bob Nowak,
Councilman Jack Christie, Robin & Tom Segesta, Lori Freese, Dan Zindler, Paul David Van Atta,
Isrel Fonseca, Laura Goodson, Tracy Faulkner, Joan Wilson, Anika Jackson, Quang Henderson,
M.D., Gregg Harrison, Wade Knight, Marie & Wallace Dillard, Neera Patidar, Margarita & Matt
Walker, and Ally Shell-van koolwijk. 


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