Sunday was a great day to get jazzy for the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center, as evidenced by these terrific photos from Kimberly Goff. The second annual Jazz for Jennings fundraiser, held at the Watermill Center this year, was a big success and helped to raise money for much needed programs at the BCCRC. Bravo!
Want to learn more? Here’s a note from Kayce Jennings, the late newscaster’s wife:
“Jazz for Jennings to support of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center is less than 3 weeks away! Peter would be so pleased that we are carrying on this tradition because he cared so deeply about his community and about this very special place at its core.
The Center, as it is known locally, has for more than 60 years been committed to providing essential services and programs to the often over-looked community of African-American and immigrant families that live out here – and, most particularly, to the children. But after Peter’s death and with the end of Jazz@Jennings, the benefit for The Center that we hosted formany years at our home, The Center fell on hard times. It continued to provide critical services, but a major source of funding had been lost. Jazz for Jennings is changing that.
The generosity of supporters last year is turning things around. Added to the already fully subscribed after-school program, The Center now has a music program – the kids are learning to play piano on electric keyboards donated by the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. They also have a shiny new trumpet, a gift from the huge-hearted Jon Faddis,and this year’s band leader, who taught a day-long workshop at The Center’s summer camp last August.
The Center was able to hire a tutor to assess each of the 36 children in the After-School program and to train volunteers to work with each child on his or her homework. Because of generous donors, The Center now has a new playground, Chess and Scrabble Clubs, a Girl Scout troop, and expanded Teen and SAT prep programs. Four Center kids are going off to college this fall! The Center was also able to finish the studio space in the McCall building used for the music classes, karate, dance, yoga and special presentations like one on Black History, a Latino Culture Celebration and holiday family parties.
All this, and more, because of the support for Jazz forJennings. Peter would be very, very grateful.
The Center’s children thank you. And so do I for your caring and helping to spread the word about Jazz for Jennings on June 26th at the Watermill Center.”
Kayce Freed Jennings