(Dec. 18, 2020) Country music recording artist, singer/songwriter, Jimmy Charles, has come back to the area and will perform a concert to benefit Believe in Tomorrow’s Children’s House by the Sea, tonight in Salisbury.
“I have not worked with them before. I just discovered them this past year and immediately knew I wanted to help,” Charles said.
Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation provides hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families. Since 1982, Believe in Tomorrow has provided over 900,000 individual overnight accommodations, from every state in the U.S. and more than 82 countries worldwide.
The Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House by the Sea on 66th Street in Ocean City is open year-round to provide a free getaway to the beach for critically ill children and their families whenever they may need to escape the stresses of their child’s illness.
Families can also vacation at the Believe in Tomorrow House in Fenwick Island and House by the Bay on 28th Street.
“I always love to come home this time of year and do something good for a local charity. My friend and longtime Delmarva radio personality, E.J. Foxx, let me know about this organization that houses children and their families that are battling life-threatening illnesses,” Charles said. “This was the perfect time. Being a new father I cannot imagine what these families are dealing with. It breaks my heart to see them struggle and no kid should ever have to deal with cancer or any other serious illness at such a young age. I want to do what I can to help them.”
Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation Beach Respite Housing Program, said he is grateful that Charles wants to support the organization.
“There are a lot of worthy charities our there. It’s very nice that he chose us,” Littleton said. “I have heard very good things about him. Whatever he [can raise] will be great. Every dollar helps.”
The “Don’t Stop Believin’” event will take place at The Pavilion, 1400 S. Salisbury Blvd. and Hopper’s Tap House, in Salisbury from 6-9 p.m., tonight. Doors open at 5 p.m.
“It’s a huge pavilion with several different restaurants and Hopper’s Tap House inside,” Charles said. “Fortunately, it’s such a big open area that we can still have a good amount of people and stay socially distanced. Masks must be worn when not at the table.”
With limited capacity, about 40 tickets were still available as of Thursday morning. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children, 12 and under. Children’s 3 and under get in free.
“Tickets are a donation for the cause,” he added.
Purchase tickets online at https://younique-nashville.ticketleap.com/?fbclid=IwAR3L6ukwbjELnIzNQwys1MHZnpDZxqHYgOwDyetz6JpxHY_LMtsEOeJIie4 or at the door, if still available.
There will also be a silent auction, food and a 50/50 raffle.
For those who are unable to attend, Charles plans to live stream the event on Facebook.
“There is no charge [to watch online], but we ask everyone tuning in to my Facebook live to donate any amount they feel comfortable. There will be a link on the live feed,” he said.
Charles was born and raised in the Ocean City area and is a Stephen Decatur High School graduate. He typically visits the shore around Christmas time and performs a few shows.
“Being displaced during tragic times makes things so much worse. Having a place they know is just for them, decorated for the kids with free activities and no charge can bring hope and sense of not being alone in this battle,” Charles said. “My nonprofit, I Am Not Alone, focuses on making sure those battling cancer never feel alone, so this ties right in with our mission. We will be making a donation to Believe in Tomorrow from I Am Not Alone, in addition to the funds we raise that evening, so Believe in Tomorrow can continue to do the wonderful work that they are doing right here on the Eastern Shore.”
On Saturday, Charles will play at Bourbon Street on the Beach on 116th Street in Ocean City from 6-9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge.
For more information about Charles, check out his official website at www.jimmycharlesmusic.com or check out his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
To learn more about Believe in Tomorrow, visit http://believeintomorrow.org.