Meg Tolin Piper, former Broadway performer, was aided and abetted by spirited musical director David Lewis, as Family ReEntry’s supporters heard a moving testimony to the agency from a former offender who is now a dedicated employee and a program manager. The audience was introduced to the day’s program with a stirring rendition of “America the Beautiful” performed by Family ReEntry’s Director of Human Resources & Operations, William Brezovsky.
Hosted by Joan Warburg at her beautiful backcountry estate Bydale, the "Backcountry Cabaret" concert celebrated Family ReEntry’s 16th season under a mammoth tent, decorated with vivid linens and napery. Executive Director, Steve Lanza detailed the agency's growth and future development for guests. Family ReEntry's mission is to develop, implement, and share sustainable, cost-effective solutions for people in the criminal justice system through Prevention (Youth mentoring), Intervention (Domestic Violence) and Reentry programs.
The Broadway Cabaret Style Extravaganza in Greenwich was celebrated with delicious hors d’oeurves, a live auction, and a spirited "paddle raise", conducted by Family ReEntry’s Director of Development Jeffrey Earls. Ms. Piper and Mr. Lewis were their own veritable songbook, as they performed composition after composition of wonderful Broadway tunes from My Fair Lady to Gershwin.
The most impressive part of the afternoon was the testimony given by Daee McKnight, who spoke movingly of his past (as an ex-offender) and about creating a better life for himself as an employee of Family ReEntry. He emphasized his desire to give back and assist gentlemen coming out of the criminal justice system.
For further information about Family ReEntry’s programs, go to www.familyreentry.org