by Janean Mann
President of Northwest Neighbors Village
A near sellout crowd heard noted local jazz pianist and comedian John Eaton perform at the June 2nd Northwest Neighbors Village fundraising event at American University’s Katzen Arts Center. The music featured selections from a variety of composers and included light jazz and show tunes interspersed with delightful repartee. Eaton’s closing selection highlighted his piano virtuosity when he combined three audience-requested tunes into a spontaneous, but seamless flow of piano artistry. A champagne reception followed, adding to the evening’s enjoyment.
John Eaton is an AU Park resident and has performed at Wolf Trap, the Smithsonian and the Kool Jazz Festival. In introducing her friend, NNV Board member Beverly Sklover praised his artistry and noted his support for the village.
Proceeds from the event, which exceeded NNV’s expectations, will help fund NNV’s goal of assisting people remain in their homes, apartments and condos as they age. NNV has expanded its cadre of volunteers and is undertaking a variety of new programs including one to train its volunteers as medical note takers and others to help individuals make good decisions as their health situations change. NNV is expanding its outreach to the condos and apartments in Forest Hills. The funds will also assist those of modest income living in all the northwest communities served by NNV.
Among those attending the concert were Forest Hills residents Marge Rachlin (former ANC Commissioner) and her husband, Jack, Alice Rivlin (former DC Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority chair) and Sydney Winter and Marlene Berlin. Local restaurants Jake’s, Blue 44 and La Forchetta donated some of the delicious hors d’ouvres for the receptions.
NNV officials saw the event as a terrific success. They noted many of those attending were already familiar with the NNV services and programs, but there were many new faces as well. NNV expressed deep appreciation for the support shown by members of the community.
For more information on how to sign up for the Northwest Neighbors village as a volunteer or a member, visit nwnv.org. If you missed the show but want to learn more about John Eaton, check out this video from a 2010 performance for the Smithsonian.