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Musician Daryl Davis to Perform for Osher Celebration, Fundraiser

Put on your dancing shoes.

Five musicians are going to play tunes during a winter celebration and fundraiser for the Osher at JHU program.

Photo of Daryl DavisThe Daryl Davis Band is presenting “An Afternoon of Basie to Berry.” Davis, a part-time Osher instructor, and his quintet will play music including early jazz, swing and rock n roll.

The purpose of the winter celebration is twofold: to give members a social opportunity and to raise money for the program’s fundraising campaign.

Osher is trying to raise $50,000 by summer 2014. If Osher reaches that goal, the program would be eligible to apply for a $1 million grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The grant application will be stronger if the Osher Foundation can clearly see that members support the program and embrace a culture of philanthropy.

Since the fundraising campaign began in November, Osher has raised approximately $25,000 or almost 50 percent of its goal. However, only 24 percent of members have contributed, said Mary Kay Shartle Galotto, director of Osher at JHU.  Her hope is that more members show their support by attending the winter celebration.

“What I’m hoping for is greater participation,” she said. “I would like to give everyone a chance to participate.”

Davis and his band will perform for an hour and a half in the Gilchrist Hall auditorium. Food will be served afterward in the lobby. The event is open to Osher members and their guests. Current Osher members who attend will be entered into a drawing to win a complimentary Osher annual membership.

The cost to attend is $32 per person. Shartle Galotto is hoping for at least 200 people at attend so costs are covered and money is raised for the campaign.

“I hope it’s fun,” Shartle Galotto said. “Daryl is just great. He gets everybody excited.”

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Logo Osher at JHU is trying to do most of its fundraising by securing individual gifts, pledges, corporate gifts and legacy contributions. Winning a $1 million grant would enable Osher at JHU to implement more social and academic activities and hire staff members to support the programming.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at JHU offers education opportunities for retired and semi-retired adults. The program formally was called the Evergreen Society but changed its name in 2007 when the Bernard Osher Foundation approached Johns Hopkins University with an opportunity to become part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes.

Osher has more than 650 members in Montgomery County.

RSVPs for the winter celebration can be submitted to susanh@jhu.edu.

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