Evening of Music Raises $20,000 to Benefit The Heights Center

Peter and Daun Dessak, Mark and Sheri Loren, Cliff and Georganne Williams

Event Hosts Peter and Daun Dessak, Mark and Sheri Loren, Cliff and Georganne Wiliams at the Heights Center

A private concert, co-hosted by three local couples, Georganne and Cliff Williams, Sheri and Mark Loren, and Daun and Peter Dessak, was held on April 6th at the Heights Center.  The show featured four talented artists who came together from all over the United States to play on one stage at the new 14,000 square-foot Harlem Heights Cultural Arts and Community Center.  The event raised $20,000 to benefit the Heights Center.

 

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Jeff Pevar, Zorki Nastasic, Cliff Williams and Jeff Sipe – Heights Center Evening of Music

Zorki Nastasic, Jeff Pevar, Jeff Sipe and Casey Weston performed for the sell-out crowd.   Zorki travels the country with his upbeat aggressive grooves that favor folk rock and “world music” made popular by Paul Simon.   Jeff Sipe is well-known in the Atlanta area for his musical engagements, and in Nashville where he is an accomplished studio musician. He brings a creative and eclectic approach to drumming and improvisation.  Jeff Pevar is currently on tour with Ricky Lee Jones and has toured with hundreds other renowned artists and recently released his first solo album.  Casey Weston is a singer-songwriter from Naples, Florida now living in Nashville. Casey was one of the 8 finalists in the inaugural season for TV show sensation, “The Voice.” Casey wrote or co-wrote all the tracks on her second album, “Find the Moon” that was released in February.

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Heights Foundation President and CEO Kathryn Kelly with performer Casey Weston at Heights Center Evening of Music

 

The musicians teamed up to perform at the evening of music to support the Heights Center and gave the guests unforgettable performances.  The Heights Center is a place for education, opportunity, and enrichment.   The Center’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.   For more information call (239) 482-7706 or visit www.heightsfoundation.org

 

 

About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center

The Heights Center, supported by the Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment.  The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.  As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Center’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts.  The 14,000 square-foot Harlem Heights Cultural Arts and Community Center opened in February 2013.

Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community.   Approximately 1,200 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 55% Hispanic, 36% African-American, and 9% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.