Redux Jazz Orchestra to entertain; alumni will tell recovery stories
Esteemed Rockford landscape architect John Cook will be honored with the Castle Award at the annual Rosecrance Foundation Benefit on Monday, April 25, 2016, at Giovanni’s to recognize his long service and dedication to the organization.
Tickets are still available for the Benefit, headlined this year by Redux Jazz Orchestra, which features a five-piece combo, a tap dancer and stellar singing talents from such shows as “American Idol” and “The Voice.” The benefit also will feature a special video of Rosecrance alumni telling their stories of recovery.
The Rosecrance Benefit will have a special 100th Anniversary theme this year. The event is set for 6:30 p.m. April 25, 2016, at Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford. Individual tickets for the dinner event are $200 and tables of 10 are $2,000.
The Castle Award honors a volunteer who has displayed exemplary commitment to the Rosecrance mission. Cook has been a member of the Rosecrance Health Network Board of Directors since 1995. His expertise in landscape design and his interest in quality treatment programs have benefited Rosecrance in many ways over almost two decades, said Rosecrance President/CEO Philip Eaton.
“He wants our facilities and programs to reflect and uphold the dignity of the clients and the standards that we embrace for the people we serve,” Eaton said. “His expertise helps us create natural environments that are conducive to healing for clients and families, as well as enjoyable for members of our staff.”
Cook is the owner of John R. Cook Associates, an award-winning landscape design firm. His projects are well known in the region. For instance, Cook was honored by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Illinois Chapter, for his work on the Sinnissippi Park renovation, and in particular, for work at the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens.
The annual Benefit is the organization’s key fundraiser. Proceeds support the Kinley Charity Care Fund, which helps families needing financial assistance for a loved one’s treatment for substance abuse or mental health disorders. Lisa Lindman, chair of the Rosecrance Foundation Board, expressed gratitude for the generosity of benefactors in the community who support The Kinley Fund through the Benefit.
“I trace the abiding support from donors to a deep understanding that few families have not been touched by substance abuse or mental illness,” Lindman said. “The generosity of people who attend the Benefit means that hundreds of people each year have access to life-saving services.”
Redux Jazz Orchestra features musicians and vocalists presenting modern music in a vintage style – a nod to the long history of Rosecrance, which was founded in 1916. The entertainers are members of Postmodern Jukebox, which has become a worldwide sensation for their original arrangements and engaging presentation of today’s popular songs in a variety of styles, including 20s hot jazz and 50s doo-wop.