Pianist David Seering will present his second-annual concert benefiting Children In Crisis on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at Village Baptist Church in Destin.
"I try to do something every year to give back to the community, and Children In Crisis is a great organization that is doing some great things," said Seering. "They are a local organization and high caliber. I am happy to be able to help them."
Seering has been involved with CIC for the past three years and has gotten to know the organization's president and CEO well.
Last year, Seering brought in pianist Bobby van Deusen from Pensacola to join him in the performance.
This year, Seering will be joined onstage by the 12-piece Michael Walker Band in concert and by special guest Gina Walker in paying tribute to Neil Diamond and Frank Sinatra.
Last year's concert was almost a sellout, said CIC President Ken Hair, who expects to see the same again this year.
"David is popular with the snowbirds and he gives an outstanding performance," said Hair.
Hair went on to say that our area snowbirds historically have purchased 50 percent of tickets sold.
"Snowbirds love this type of music, and they also like to contribute and support the community, which they can do when they purchase a ticket to this concert," said Seering.
Tickets are $20 at the door and all proceeds benefit CIC. Seering's time is donated.
Last year's concert netted $10,000 for the non-profit organization.
CIC Children's Neighborhood offers a stable home environment to children who don't have a home, and abused and neglected children who are coming from difficult situations, said Hair. They come to CIC through Florida Department of Children and Families' Family First Network.
Hair said the money his organization receives from charitable events such as these "helps us keep our doors open and sustain operations. The money helps us feed and clothe the children."
On any given day, CIC is home to 30 children and averages around 100 per year. In its four years of operation, the organization has housed a total of 350 children.
CIC was established in 2003 and opened its first home in 2008. They are in the process of building another.