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August 12, 2019
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12-year-old Childhelp Youth Ambassador Rosevelt Sings is using her vocal talents to make a difference – teaming up with activist Elizabeth Smart to raise awareness and fundraise for the prevention, treatment and intervention of child abuse and the fight against human trafficking.
Part concert, part message of hope, Rosevelt and Smart will take the stage at Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater on Saturday, Sept. 28. All proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction will go to two organizations fighting child abuse and human trafficking, Childhelp and Operation Underground Railroad.
The event will feature a keynote by Smart, who was abducted at age 14, held captive and abused for nine months. Through sharing her experience, she encourages others not to give up and to move forward when faced with trials. Her story is one of great strength and survival.
Special guests include the Phoenix-based musician William Joseph, along with Joey Johnston and The Chandler Children’s Choir. American Leadership Academy Queen Creek Dance Team and Vertical Fix give their talents to round out a spectacular evening. FOX10 Phoenix funny guy Cory McCloskey and comedian Jef Rawls of JesterZ Improv will emcee the event.
Rosevelt, whose debut album features a duet with Dick Van Dyke, has a mission to give voice to those silenced by abuse. She contacted sponsors and donors to raise money to bring Smart to the Valley and regularly shares the value of the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD) and Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe prevention education as lifesaving resources.
Through this event, Rosevelt is inviting the public to make a difference by standing against abuse and trafficking for the love of a child.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Location: Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85201
“Rosevelt and Elizabeth are such amazing young women using their public platforms to better the world for the next generation,” Childhelp Co-Founder and President Yvonne Fedderson said.
“They remind us a little of ourselves when we started this mission. We were just 19 years old. We began singing but soon learned our voices were needed in communities around the country to rescue children, in the halls of Congress to change laws, and in the boardroom ensuring we were part of a vision to secure America’s most vulnerable children,” Childhelp Co-Founder and CEO Sara O’Meara said.
For more information, visit https://app.roseveltsings.com/Music-Message-Event
About Rosevelt Sings: A 12-year-old singer from Mesa, Arizona, Rosevelt Sings is already an accomplished vocalist, working with Dick Van Dyke, Lindsey Stirling, John O’Hurley and others. As a youth ambassador for Childhelp, Rawls is using her music to give children, silenced by abuse, a voice. Seeking to raise awareness and one million dollars to benefit recovering youth, Rawls launched #RoseveltsChallenge to encourage others to share the message and raise funds. She is also donating 100 percent of the proceeds from her album to Childhelp. Visit www.RoseveltSings.com
About Elizabeth Smart: The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Abducted in 2002 and controlled by her captors, Elizabeth was finally returned to her home after being held prisoner for nine months. Through this traumatic experience, Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and National legislation. The Founder of the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation”, Elizabeth has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions. www.ElizabethSmart.com
About Childhelp: Since 1959, Childhelp® has brought the light of hope and healing into the lives of countless children as a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping abused, neglected and at-risk children. Childhelp’s programs and services include residential treatment services, children’s advocacy centers, therapeutic foster care, group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline serves children and adults nationwide 24/7 through phone, text and online chat. For more information, visit www.childhelp.org.
About Operation Underground Railroad: O.U.R. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating child trafficking and child sexual exploitation around the world. Service teams comprised of highly skilled operatives representing law enforcement, military and the intelligence community travel the world to assist foreign authorities in locating and rescuing victims. Once rescued, survivors are returned to their families or placed with vetted, reputable aftercare facilities to receive rehabilitative care. Since 2013, O.U.R. has assisted in the rescue of 2,603 survivors and the arrests of more than 1,365 traffickers in 22 countries and 23 states, including Arizona. More than 400 dedicated O.U.R. volunteers in the Phoenix/Mesa area help coordinate internet safety nights, trafficking awareness booths, rescue runs, and screenings for documentary Operation Toussaint. More information at www.OURrescue.org
William Joseph – www.youtube.com/user/WilliamJosephTV
Chandler Children’s Choir – www.chandlerchildrenschoir.org
JesterZ Improv – www.JesterzImprov.com
The Vertical Fix – https://www.theverticalfix.com/