From the Wilton Villager:
Friends and supporters of the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County gathered at Woodway Country Club last week to celebrate the life and music of the late jazz great, Dave Brubeck.
The tribute event raised more than $100,000 for the benefit of the patients of the Wilton-based agency.
"The theme of this year's event was Making a Difference and we were pleased to be paying tribute to the legendary Dave Brubeck, who was a special friend of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County," said Event chairwoman and Wilton resident, Judy Higby. "We are grateful for his life, legacy, support and commitment to the important work of this agency and we honor his memory."
The event was emceed by Emmy Award-winning TV journalist, radio talk show host and author, Diane Smith. Highlights of the evening included a musical performance by pianist, Glenn Zaleski, a Brubeck Institute graduate, as well as a set of Dave Brubeck's vocal numbers sung by Dianne Mower and Atla DeChamplain accompanied by Matt de Champlain.
Members of the Brubeck family were in attendance at the event and Catherine Brubeck Yaghsizian spoke from the podium about her father and the loving care that he received from Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.
"We honor the memory of Dave Brubeck and give thanks for his friendship and his support of the work of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County," Sharon M. Bradley, president and CEO of the agency. "The funds raised at this event will touch the lives of the many patients in need in our community. We are overwhelmed and gratified by this wonderful outpouring of generosity and community support."