BRISTOL BOROUGH >> The King George Inn will host its fourth annual Jazz on the River celebration from 5-8 p.m. June 22. This annual event is a fundraiser for the Academic Oversight Committee (AOC), a group that oversees the 21st Century Learning Centers that offers after-school and summer camp programs for Bristol Borough school students in grades K-12 at St. Mark Parochial Catholic School, Warren Snyder-John Girotti Elementary School and Bristol High School.
Tickets are $50 and include two adult drinks and unlimited appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Bristol Borough Tax Office; Great IDs by Anne on Radcliffe St.; St. Mark parish office, 1024 Radcliffe St.; Mignoni Jewelry Store at 200 Mill Street and the King George Inn, 102 Radcliffe St. Early ticket purchase is recommended because seating for Jazz on the River is limited to 250 people.
The Princeton-based Jerry Topinka Jazz Ensemble will provide the evening’s entertainment.
“Jazz on the River is this summer’s go-to event with its good food, great music, and picturesque setting right on the Delaware River,” said Mary Gesualdi, President of the Academic Oversight Committee.
Bristol’s Celtic Heritage Foundation teams up with the Academic Oversight Committee for some of the expenses in support of this event such as garbage collection and cleaning up of the Samuel Clift Street area in advance of their Annual Celtic Festival, Sunday, June 24th along the Delaware River Waterfront area. “This type of partnership helps keep event expenses down for both organizations and enables more funding to go directly to vital educational programs,” said Gesualdi.
Examples of supplemental programs made possible because of this fundraiser are a writers’ workshop for 11th graders, led by a University of Pennsylvania professor; environmental programming offered on the AJ Meerwald Tall Ship for 8th graders, and college and career readiness workshops for Bristol High School students.
A new program in development for the next academic school year includes Microsoft Certification. Phase I will include Word and Excel modules delivered in a partnership with Bucks County Community College. Upon successful completion of a Microsoft-issued exam, students will receive a Microsoft medallion to post on their Linked-in profiles.
Achieving Microsoft certification status generally renders a 20 percent higher salary for job-seekers, according to Microsoft officials.
“These examples represent just a few of the high quality, free programs designed to enrich students’ experiences, and arm them with skills for today’s digital work environment. We are indebted to the King George II Inn for their philanthropy which helps make these remarkable programs possible,” Gesualdi said.
Robert Strasser, co-owner of the King George II Inn, is excited about this year’s event as concert-goers will be able to enjoy a great night of food and jazz music and will also be able to experience and enjoy the panoramic views of the Delaware River on their new expanded river-front patio. “This is one of the best nights of the year. It has become the unofficial kick-off of the summer festival season in the Borough and it’s all for a great cause which is providing educational enrichment otherwise not available”.
A rain-date is scheduled for Saturday, June 23 from 1 to 4 p.m.