Billy Dean Benefit Concert Raises $50,000 for The Heights Center

GRAMMY® award-winner & country music legend Billy Dean performed an intimate concert at The Heights Center in Fort Myers on Saturday, October 25, 2014 to benefit at-risk kids in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. The event netted $50,000 for The Heights Foundation and will fund educational, arts and enrichment programs at The Heights Center. The event was sponsored by local philanthropists Cheryl and Dave Copham. ABC-7 morning anchor Amy Sedlacek emceed the event.
“GRAMMY® award-winner Billy Dean is a friend, a star, a gifted songwriter and performer and probably the nicest person we will ever meet,” said Dave Copham. “He put on a world-class show and the audience had a great time.”heights141025vm-0807
“We are so appreciative of the support of the Cophams, our VIP table sponsors and everyone who joined us for the concert,” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation. “This support allows us to provide educational programs that help kids struggling in school and gives children access to the benefits of expressive and cultural arts –creating an entirely different future for families in the Harlem Heights community.”
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. 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 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.
For more information about The Heights Center visit www.heightsfoundation.org or call (239) 482-7706.
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.
Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% 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.