315. OUR VETS (315.687.8387)



Jazz for Veterans Health Gala

Doors Open at 5:30...Event Starts 6:00 PM sharp!

The Maximizing Opportunities for Veterans Employment Success (MOVES) is funded by the Department of Labor and Veterans Administration to provide homeless Veterans of New Jersey with opportunities to becoming financially stable. We are charged with assisting with permanent housing, vocational training, and career-driven job placement.

The purpose of the Jazz for Veterans Health Gala is to raise a minimum of $75,000.00 in unrestricted funds to enable the MOVES project to begin expanding our services to include mental health and counseling supportive services for our Veteran consumers in the Metropolitan areas of New York and New Jersey; as well as promote Prostate Cancer Awareness and health.

Please support our efforts to get our at-risk and homeless Veterans all the supportive services they need under one roof.


  • Butternut squash soup and grill cheese
  • Crawfish fritters or crabcake, remoulade sauce
  • Buttermilk chicken and waffles, mango syrup
  • Bourbon pull BBQ beef sliders
  • Beer batter shrimp, tartar sauce
  • Flatbread with caramelized onion, mushrooms, spinach, feta


  • Smoked Cajun Cornish Hen
  • Stuff turkey breast with apple and andouille sausage
  • Roasted flank steak, chimichurri sauce
  • Apple cider glaze salmon
  • Three cheese mac and cheese
  • Rice and beans
  • Collard green, smoked turkey
  • Roasted Brussel sprouts and sweet potato
  • Autumn harvest mix green salad, pumpkin maple vinaigrette
  • Various desserts donated by Calandra’s of New Jersey
Originally from Haiti, Chef Mackinson (aka Chef Mack) has been a head chef for over 15 years, starting with Disney in 2005. He has worked at Craft and Craft Bar by Tom Colicchio; and spent four years as a traveling Chef, working for Princess Cruises, Mara Largo; and various four- and five-star establishments in New York, Arizona, Colorado, and Massachusetts. Chef Mack has spent three years working for the Mayor of New York City, at Gracie Mansion. Currently, he is performing at the Mark Hotel by Jean Georges. You can find and follow him on Instagram at @ chefmacknyc.
Sponsored by Jazz 4 Prostate Cancer Awareness, Mark Gross is an accomplished Saxophonist and Educator. His consistent professional musicianship has led to live and recorded efforts with many of his fellow pacesetters in jazz music. Mark has toured the world with the Mark Gross Quartet, Buster Williams ‘Something More’ Quartet, Delfeayo Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Philip Harper, Nat Adderley, Dave Holland, Mulgrew Miller, Nicholas Payton, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, John Lee, Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Tom Harrell Big Band, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Frank Foster and the Loud Minority, Charles Mingus Big Band, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Harrison, Mark Whitfield, Joe Dukes, Captain Jack McDuff, Joe Chambers, Neal Smith, Cyrus Chestnut, Regina Carter, Lionel Hampton, Stephon Harris, Walter Booker, Jimmy Cobb, Don Braden, Vincent Gardner, Lenora ‘Zenzalai’ Helm, Marlon Saunders, SEPIA, Jann Parker to name a few. His professional relationships with these musicians and others have been long-lasting and far-reaching. Mark has performed on Broadway several times, as well. He performed in ‘FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE’ (19921993) based on the music of Louis Jordan. ‘KAT AND THE KINGS’ (1999-2000). This musical explores the joyous sounds that were born out of oppression during the 1950’s in Cape Town, South Africa; APARTHEID. This was a rollicking rock ‘n roll musical. Mark has also added to the exciting musical that showcased music of the same title, ‘SWING’ (2000-2001). Mark has also appeared in ‘Malcolm X’ (1992), Spike Lee’s major motion film. Mark was the lead alto saxophonist with the Jazz at Lincoln All Stars in the Broadway musical ‘AFTER MIDNIGHT’ (2013-2014). Mark Gross was featured in Season 4 of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ (2013); and appeared in the film ‘ANNIE’ (2014).
Jazz House Kids of Montclair, NJ. For 20 years, JAZZ HOUSE KIDS has brought award-winning programming that engages and excites students, promotes harmony and collaboration and builds musicianship. The JAZZ HOUSE welcomes instrumental and vocal students of all levels, ages 12 to 18, from beginners to pre-professionals headed to the nation’s stop college music programs.
5:45 Admission
6:00 – 6:30 hors d’oeuvres
6:30 – 6:45 Welcome
– Dr. Croix-Ronald Coppáge, CEO
– Dr. Edwin Knox, Board Member, Marine Veteran
6:45 Dinner • Entertainment • Silent Auction
8:00 Presentations & Awards
9:00 Entertainment
10:00 Closing
  • This is an inside/outside event, with access to restrooms inside.
  • Masks are optional inside the venue.
  • Management reserves the right to ask anyone to leave the event whose behavior is disruptive to other guests.
  • No refunds…no exceptions.

VFW POST 7295 | 45 Plymouth Street in Fairfield, New Jersey 07004

Come join us for a day of fun and good times, as we take a moment to celebrate and honor true national heroes—our Veterans!

Facebook Free

“The funds from this event will go to support mental health services for homeless Veterans of New Jersey” replace this with the previous verbiage “The funds from this event will go to support the homeless Veterans of New Jersey.” Sponsored by EYES INC of NJ a Nonprofit Corporation. We are a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are 100% tax deductible.



  • $125.00 in advance / $150.00 at the door.
  • $175.00 (Limited Seating)

Add Event to Calendar

Doors Open at 5:30…Event Starts 6:00 PM sharp!

To donate below