The generosity of Louis Armstrong has been felt for years, with the grants and programs funded through his foundation. Since 2005, the Louis Armstrong Center for Medicine and Music has been providing the unique and powerful service of music therapy and specialty treatments to children and adults in the Manhattan area.
On Tuesday, Sept. 23 the center will hold the What a Wonderful World Awards celebration and silent auction, honoring violinist Regina Carter (pictured), Edward E. Conway Jr., MD, MS of the Beth Israel Medical Center and patient of the center Shirl Wright.
Dancer and choreographer Mercedes Ellington will serve as mistress of ceremonies. Performances at the event will be from the Oscar-nominated choir of the IMPACT Repertory Theatre of Harlem directed by Jamal Joseph, trumpeter Jon Faddis and pianist David Hazeltine.
Along with a cocktail-style reception, the evening will feature a silent auction with music, entertainment and sports related items up for bid. Proceeds from the auction benefit the clinical services provided by the Armstrong Center, whose patients include musicians and children with HIV and asthma, as well as adults with cancer and heart disease.