CELEBRATE COMMUNITY: Good entertainment for a good cause

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JENNIE McKEON @JennieMnwfdn

DESTIN — Music can make a difference.

At least if you’re David Seering.

The 6th Annual David Seering and Friends concert not only is an entertaining night of music, but also benefits Children in Crisis, Inc. (CIC).

“It’s a really fun night out,” said Allie Noah, developement director for CIC. “We have some people that have called as early as October to request tickets.”

CIC President and CEO Ken Hair said the concert was born out of the mind of Seering.

“He really has a soft spot for children,” Hair said.

Seering is a professional pianist and vocalist performing “Sinatra-inspired musical mastery,” according to his website. Noah said he’s a popular name among snowbirds who enjoy his repertoire, which includes songs from performers like Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond and hits from “Phantom of the Opera.”

“About 90 percent of our audience is snowbirds,” Noah said. “David is from Wisconsin, so some of the snowbirds recognize him and enjoy his music.”

Noah said the concert has been a great way to introduce the cause to winter guests. After attending the concert and learning more about CIC, many snowbirds have volunteered to do everything from hosting food drives to making quilts.

“It’s heart-wrenching,” Hair said of the need to help the children. “It makes you realize how important it is for the community to be involved.”

In the handful of years the concert has been held, it has raised about $100,000. Children in Crisis is a nonprofit organization established to raise and manage funds for the Children’s Neighborhood, a residential style foster care neighborhood.

The money is essential to the success of the organization.

“That helps us pay our bills and feed the kids,” Hair said. “We survive on donations. And the funds go directly back to the children.”

The David Seering and Friends Concert is 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Tickets are $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit childrenincrisisfl.org. 

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