Dionne Warwick and Jerry Mathers Headline Star-Studded Project Mend-A-House Fundraiser

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By Emma Young

Dionne Warwick

Five-time Grammy-winning singer Dionne Warwick and television and stage actor Jerry Mathers headline 2018’s Art, Wine, and All That Jazz Celebrity Awards Gala, benefitting Manassas-based Project Mend-A-House (PMAH). The April 28 fundraiser, held at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, includes celebrity meet and greet, awards gala, live musical performances, and fully catered food stations throughout.

“It is a very exciting event. We have enthusiastic sponsors joining us and many people calling, excited to see celebrities in this wonderful venue with excellent food and wine,” said PMAH’s Board Chair, M. A. Sargo.

Jerry Mathers

According to Sargo, two ticket levels ensure participants have a more customized experience. VIP tickets include private meet and greet, and photo opportunities with both Warwick and Mathers. General admission tickets include musical performances, plentiful art-viewing experiences, numerous food stations, the chance to mingle with celebrities, and the opportunity to participate in a silent auction which includes prizes such as tickets to Wheel of Fortune in Los Angeles and a week-long vacation to Hilton Head. Ticket proceeds benefit Project Mend-A-House’s non-profit work throughout Prince William County.

Founded over 30 years ago, Project Mend-A-House’s groundbreaking model serves low-income residents, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities in Prince William County by providing free home repairs, safety, and accessibility modifications, explained Barb Reese, PMAH’s Interim Executive Director. The goal is to keep people in their homes safely, using a volunteer labor pool and donated supplies as much as possible.

Reese noted a recent example in which a grandmother “had a weak floor joist under the kitchen floor. She watched young children in the home and couldn’t walk through the middle of the kitchen. She had to maneuver around the edge of the kitchen.” PMAH repaired the joist and their client now has full use of her home again.

Sargo recounted when “a young, vibrant woman” accidentally fell from an upper window of her home and became paralyzed. “She was literally trapped in her home for months. There was no way to get her wheelchair out or back in through narrow doorways, and the home wasn’t accessible. Project Mend-A-House built ramps to get in and out of the driveway and put equipment in the home to make it accessible.”

PMAH is busy with new projects continuously arising. “We discuss 50-60 projects at an average monthly volunteer meeting,” said Sargo.

“People are busy. We’re so excited they’re able to take time to attend this fabulous fundraiser. It will especially help with funding needed supplies so we can continue helping others” stated Sargo.

Tickets to 2018’s Art, Wine, and All That Jazz Celebrity Awards Gala are on sale now at PMAH.org or by calling 703.792.7663.

Emma Young is a Montclair-based freelance writer.


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