SEBRING - For Kevin Roberts, whose foundation reopened the Circle Theatre, an upcoming concert there is much more than just one of many events since the theatre reopened several months ago.
Roberts, the director of the Champion for Children Foundation of Highlands County, said what is special is that the singer, Cammie Lester, isn't performing for her own benefit to support another cause.
Her concert will be the first event at the theater benefitting the foundation.
"This is what's so tremendous: A young, very talented star would want to give up her time to help Champion for Children," he said.
Lester, a Sebring High School student, who sang at several fairs including the Highlands County Fair, and has won the Disney Idol competition, will perform Saturday, April 12, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Circle Theatre. Also performing will be Shelby Dressel, Trace and Ashdon Dennison.
Tickets can be purchased at www.cammielester.com in advance for $12.50 or at the door for $25. Sponsors include Clifford R. Rhoades, State Rep. Cary Pigman, ReMax Realty Plus and Mountain Top.
Deciding to do the concert was an easy decision, said Cammie, and her mother, Many Elliott.
Elliott said she had attended an event where she met Roberts and the board of directors for the foundation. She said she was impressed with the work of the foundation. That led to the decision to do the concert.
"We had been wanting to do something to give back to the community," she said.
Cammie says she plans to sing original songs off of her CD plus give her take on other songs.
Roberts said that he's impressed that Cammie, a student herself, wants to support programs that help children.
The foundation supports programs that include the Children's Academy of Arts and Theatre, the emergency rescue fund that helps families in crisis, a program helping children with autism, the Children's Advocacy Center and the Family Safehouse that provides a safe place for victims of domestic violence. The foundation also helps the Avon Park Youth Academy.
Roberts said not all children may have the ability to sing well like Cammie, but he believes that they benefit from having exposure to the arts.
"I'm a believer the arts bring out the best in people," he said.
He said he believes that children who participate in the arts do well in life.