On December 3, residents of the Wartburg Adult Care Community in Assisted Living Program (Meadowview) Mt Vernon enjoyed a holiday concert performed by singers of Young at Arts. The concert was organized by the Junior League of Bronxville to celebrate its 10 years working with Wartburg. This is the JLB’s longest running outreach program. Young at Arts, another JLB outreach program, is an organization devoted to empowering young people in Southern Westchester by offering arts instruction and leadership opportunities. Over 50 percent of the Young at Arts children live below the poverty line and arts education is virtually absent in their schools.
"The Junior League of Bronxville was happy to bring together our two community partners, The Wartburg and Young At Arts for an evening of song to celebrate our ten years at The Wartburg," commented Jonalie Korengold, predisdent of the JLB. The audience enjoyed a song list that included both current and classic holiday tunes. The Rising Stars (5th-9th grade) performed a cheerful and animated medley of Disney songs, the Apprentice (10th-12th grade) dazzled the audience with a rendition of the 1950s favorite, Sincerely. At the end the night, both groups performed, Edelweiss from the 1959 musical The Sound of Music, allowing the residents to join in. Many of the residents commented that it was one of their favorite songs and a highlight to their night.
“The Young at Arts' students were elated performing for the residents at the Warburg,” said Sharyn Pirtle, Founding Director of Young at Arts and commented on how happy it made them to see the joy on the residents faces. Some students were a bit timid about going, for fear of the unknown or for bringing up a memory of a grandparent that they have lost. “This was a great learning opportunity to discuss those issues and to stress how joyful their gift of music will be for the residents, said Pirtle.
The Junior League of Bronxville (JLB) has been an active and vocal women’s volunteer organization in Southern Westchester since 1948. JLB members donate over 30,000 hours of community service annually and work with hosts of community programs and agencies. Through their charitable work, JLB members donate over $600,000 worth of volunteer salaries. As a 501(c)3 charity, its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.