Wesley Woods Residents to Benefit from ‘Jazzing with Grace’ Concert


Seeking to help older adults in their local community, members and friends of Ben Hill United Methodist Church will soon present “Jazzing with Grace”, a fundraising concert featuring legendary jazz artist Milkshake Mayfield and former WSB-TV news anchor Monica Kaufman Pearson as mistress of ceremonies. Humorist and long-time member of Ben Hill UMC, Harvey Monk, will serve as master of ceremonies. All funds raised at the event will support quality of life programs for residents of Wesley Woods’ Asbury Harris Epworth Towers and Branan Towers senior living communities through the Foundation of Wesley Woods.
“Jazzing with Grace” will be presented on Friday, September 30, 2016, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Ben Hill UMC, 2099 Fairburn Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30331. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, with donations appreciated.
Through its annual jazz concert series, Ben Hill UMC seeks to provide charity to missions both local and international.  Last year’s concert raised money for an international program of the United Methodist Church and drew a capacity crowd consisting of a cross-section of the Atlanta community.
Legendary jazz trumpeter Milkshake Mayfield – who has shared national and international stages with some of the greatest jazz giants such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Terry Clark, Wynton Marsalis and Cab Calloway – will headline the event. He will be accompanied by the Milkshake Quintet featuring Tine Mayfield. Other members of Ben Hill UMC and the community will lend their talent to the event.
Honorary co-chairs for the event are James Coleman, a resident of Branan Towers, and Verderia Clark, a long-time resident of Asbury Harris Epworth Towers who recently passed away. Ms. Clark will be represented by one of her children who will be joining the event to honor their mother's memory and pay tribute to the place Verderia called home for 17 years.
“Part of the DNA of Ben Hill UMC is that our members have a desire to be biblically centered, nurturing and caring so we are excited to bring awareness to Wesley Woods and the wonderful work they are doing for our older adults,” said Rev. Dr. Byron E. Thomas, senior pastor of Ben Hill UMC.  “Wesley Woods has served our community well for many years by providing safe, affordable residential housing and supportive services that enable people to live independently longer, leading to longer, healthier lives.” 
“At Wesley Woods, we provide high quality care because living well and with purpose is what we all want for our own family, for ourselves, and is, in fact, what everyone deserves,” said Tracy Crump, president & CEO of the Foundation of Wesley Woods. “Funds raised through this event will support the chaplaincy and wellness programs that our residents love and value so much. We thank the entire Ben Hill UMC community for their support.”
Headquartered in Atlanta, Wesley Woods offers housing and supportive services for older adults throughout North Georgia. More than 1,800 older adults, 75 percent of whom  need financial assistance and one-third of which live below the poverty line, are served annually in Wesley Woods residential communities, primarily in independent living settings.
Asbury Harris Epworth Towers, located at 3033 Continental Colony Parkway, offers high-quality rental assisted affordable housing for older adults in southwest Atlanta. Branan Towers, located at 1200 Glenwood Ave SE, offers similar services to older adults in East Atlanta.
Donations made payable to “Ben Hill UMC FWW Benefit” can be mailed to the church located at 2099 Fairburn Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30331 or online at wesleywoods.thankyou4caring.org.


About Ben Hill United Methodist Church

Ben Hill United Methodist Church, located in Southwest Atlanta, is a welcoming church with a rich history of service to the community. Ben Hill UMC is blessed with a dynamic worship ministry and anointed pastoral and lay leadership. The congregation supports the needs of the less fortunate in the metro Atlanta area and beyond through its Commission on Missions, Health and Wellness Ministry, Urban Responsibility Ministry (financial assistance to those in need), Food Bank and Trinity Table feeding program. Support is given to the Black Methodist for Church Renewal and World Hunger programs as well. With God’s help, the members of Ben Hill UMC will continuously and purposefully work on behalf of the Church to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ — “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” …TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH IS REQUIRED… Luke 12:48. For more information, visit http://www.benhillumc.org/.

About the Foundation of Wesley Woods

The Foundation of Wesley Woods serves as the connection point between the generosity of supporters in the community and the practical, life-changing work of Wesley Woods Senior Living.  Through the Foundation, significant benevolence care is extended to those individuals who have outlived their financial resources.

About Wesley Woods Senior Living

Wesley Woods Senior Living supports healthy aging by helping older adults live independently longer, with a higher quality of life, via resident-centered communities.  Founded in 1954 with the mission of enabling graceful aging, Wesley Woods provides safe, affordable residential housing and support services for older adults throughout North Georgia.  It operates 10 residential communities, including five HUD communities, in Atlanta, Augusta, Athens, Blairsville, Roswell and Newnan.  More than 1,800 older adults, 75% of whom will need financial assistance and one-third of which live below the poverty line, are served annually in Wesley Woods residential communities, primarily in independent living settings.  Some communities also include a continuum of care, which includes independent living services, assisted living services, memory care and skilled nursing care.
For additional information, please visit http://www.wesleywoods.org/ or follow the Foundation of Wesley Woods athttps://www.facebook.com/WesleyWoodsGA and https://twitter.com/wesleywoodsga