From Anatta World Health and Education Outreach:
Help make transformative change in the lives of women and children in Nepal while simultaneously enjoying great music and good food on Saturday, May 4, when New Jersey native James White and his band will perform at Hat City Kitchen in Orange, NJ (459 Valley Street ) for “An Evening of Jazz and Food for the Soul.”
The event is from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Admission is $35 at the door and includes passed hors d’ouvres, wine/beer, and buffet. Ticket sales will help support a new nursing school in Lumbini, Nepal, which will train local women to serve the healthcare needs of area villages.
Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Anatta World Health & Education Outreach organization, which is dedicated to creating and supporting medical and educational programs for children and adults in developing countries.
Internationally acclaimed saxophonist James White has developed a reputation for mesmerizing audiences with his unique blend of jazz, gospel, and R&B music. White began performing as a child and at age 17 received a young artist recognition award from New Jersey Governor Tom Kean, helping to launch his career. He has played with jazz artists Jimmy Scott and Leo Johnson, recorded with various gospel artists, including Alvin Slaughter, and performs regularly with The Gas House Gorillas, Valarie Adams & the Dimension Band, and his own James White Band.
Founded in 2006 by Dr. Cornelia Santschi, Anatta envisions a world in which every person has access to adequate healthcare, education, and the opportunity for self-empowerment. The organization maintains projects in Nepal and has also supported projects in Thailand and Peru, focused on medical care, education, and community development. In 2019, Anatta will begin construction on the new nursing school as an addition to the 100-bed Mahakaruna Hospital, in Lumbini Nepal, already in development.
“We are really excited to have such an engaging and gifted musician as James White performing for us,” said Santschi. “This event is a perfect opportunity to hear great music, enjoy delicious food, and learn more about the vital work Anatta is doing in Nepal and elsewhere.”
Maplewood resident, pharmacist, Anatta board member and event food caterer, Susan Reichman has witnessed firsthand the impact the organization is having. “When I first traveled to Nepal in 2014, I was immediately drawn in by the warmth of the people and Anatta’s compassion in working with them. This trip really changed my life,” noted Reichman. “A small group of volunteers can literally improve hundreds of lives in just a few days. By participating in an Evening of Jazz and Food, people in our own neighborhood have the opportunity to help make a real difference in the world.”
More information about An Evening of Jazz and Food can be found online here.