$565,000 was raised at an intimate concert at The Heights Center in Fort Myers on November 10, 2018. Funds raised support The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center programs that help at-risk families in Harlem Heights attain self-sufficiency. The concert featured GRAMMY award-winning musicians Hillary Scott & The Scott Family and Billy Dean. Hillary Scott is a founding member of one of the world’s most popular groups, Lady Antebellum. The concert was underwritten by local philanthropists Dave and Cheryl Copham, and sponsored by Stilwell Enterprises, Youngquist Brothers, and FineMark National Bank and Trust.
The theme of the event was “Family, Faith, Friends and Paying It Forward.” 110 guests enjoyed the evening featuring songs from The Scott Family’s Christian album “Love Remains,” a VIP meet and greet with the artists, a farm-to-table dinner prepared by Chef Harold Balink and an after-concert music jam under the stars.
“The Copham’s hosted this concert to commemorate Dave’s 75th birthday and to pay it forward for all the blessings in their lives,” said Kathryn Kelly, founder, and CEO of The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center. “It was an unforgettable evening of music with a message of love and hope. And because of their generosity, all sponsorships and ticket sales directly benefit the families we serve.”
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.
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 Heights Center is home to The Harlem Heights Community Charter School. For more information visit www.heightsfoundation.org or call (239) 482-7706.
Meet and Greet – Photos By Angelina Howard
Photo Booth – Photos By Vandy Major
Event Photos – Photos By Angelina Howard
Event Photos – Photos by Melissa Barlow