One of the entertainers in the Destin community who gives back to the community year after year is David Seering.
“I try very hard to be as charitable as I can with the talent God has given me,” Seering told The Log. “I have always been a believer that you have to give back what was given to you.”
Seering performs his third concert for Children in Crisis at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Village Baptist Church in Destin.
At last year’s concert, $24,000 was raised for CIC when Seering performed a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond. All proceeds from the concerts are donated to help feed, clothe and care for the foster children living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood.
“David has a real compassion for children in need of a safe, loving home,” said Ken Hair, president and CEO of CIC. “He never asks for anything for the donation of his talents except that the community attends the concert and supports the children.”
Children In Crisis is special to Seering, and the concert this year holds particular significance.
“My father was placed in a foster home at the age of four,” Seering said, “As a result of his adoption, over the years I have been able to really appreciate his stories of how his adopted parents made a tremendous difference in his life. This year I will pay tribute to my dad who we lost in October.”
Seering gives credit to his father, Robert, for teaching him not only about entertaining, but also about giving.
“He taught me everything there is to know about being not just a showman and entertainer, but a giving human being,” Seering said. “In his life he gave so much to those in need, as well to those who were willing to learn, and give their all to love of music that he carried in his heart and soul throughout his lifetime.”
Seering will be joined by the Van Deusen Trio with Bobby Van Deusen on the piano and a special guest artist, Amanda Holmes.
“We’re going to do a lot of standard music from the '40s to the present,” Seering said. “Bobby is going to do a tribute to the great Liberace, and if anyone can do that, it’s Bobby.”
Seering has received many accolades throughout his career and has performed for three former presidents. He also gives much of his time and talent to several charitable organizations other than CIC, including the Children’s Advocacy Center and the Walton County Sheriff’s Posse.
One of his favorite charitable activities during the year is the North East Wisconsin Cerebral Palsy Telethon which he has hosted in his hometown of Green Bay for the last 29 years, raising more than $30 million in that time.
“I also enjoy doing a show every year for our returning guests from the north,” he said. “I hope they get the feeling that in doing so, they are a big part of our yearly lives around here, and we appreciate it as a community.”