The occasion, which featured the dynamic New York rock-jazz pianist Eric Lewis, was a celebration of the organization’s 35th year caring for uprooted District teens and an informal way of introducing people to the non-profit group’s work. “The only shelter for homeless youth in the city,” longtime executive director Deborah Shore told the crowd, going on to list the many outreach activities that are also part of its mission.
Mr. Lewis raised spirits a few notches when he took over the 1926 Steinway, tackling the piano like an electric guitar and thrilling listeners with original interpretations of familiar pop and classic tunes. “I guarantee you it has never been played like this,” Ann Jordan confirmed.
Other Sasha Bruce board members present included chairwoman Elizabeth Stevens, as well as Jane Rosenthal Cafritz, Christopher Addison, Roscoe Dellums, and Vanessa Reed. It was through Mrs. Reed’s connections with President Obama and his staff that Mr. Lewis came to the White House at one point this year and then, very aptly, to the Jordan soiree. ”I like to protect fiercely my kid side,” the 36-year-old prodigy said, as his energy and enthusiasm overpowered the room.