Vero Sings for the Victims; a benefit for victims of crime

VERO BEACH — In recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, an inaugural benefit for victims of crime, Vero Sings for the Victims, will be held Sunday, April 18 at 3 p.m. at the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts at the Saint Edward’s School.  The time for fruition is here and it’s manifesting itself in a knee-slapping, toe-tapping “Don’t Miss It” kind of show.

The lineup of musicians and singers committing their time and talent to this worthy cause include some of Vero’s finest: Edmund Nalzaro, Shamara Turner, Eleanor Dixon, Beth Shestak, Jennifer Patty, Barbara M. Taylor; and ensemble groups from the John’s Island Chorus, Gary Miller’s Chorus from the Indian River Charter High School, The Saint Edward’s Chorus, and the Indian River Community Mass Gospel Group.  Musicians include Dr. Ray Adams, Rich Mola, Dave Mundy, Corey Peiffer, and the Doerfels Bluegrass Band.

Reserved seating tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available in advance through TicketAlternative at 877-725-8849 or at www.ticketalternative.com. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the performance.

It all started with a lull in court proceedings, a chance for lunch. “Let’s all grab a quick lunch somewhere. I’ll be glad to drive,” offered volunteer victim advocate Martha Lemasters. The answer she received would change not only her way of thinking but result in an undertaking to benefit all victims going through the court system in the 19 Judicial Circuit. “I’d love to,” said the victim, “but I don’t have a penny to spend. I’ve lost a lot of time from work because of this battery…being in the hospital, doctors’ bills, going to the State Attorney’s office for my hearing and deposition and now the trials. Even though the state program for crimes compensation helped with some of my bills, I am in debt. I can’t afford to eat.”

“My perception changed from one of being simply sympathetic to a victim…to being empathetic…I understood what victims were going through,” explains Lemasters. “Victims of violent crimes first endure the battery, which is not only a bodily attack but also an assault to one’s self-esteem, their freedom and peace of mind. My daughter is a Yoga teacher and she tells me you want to change something when it breaks your heart…well this broke my heart. A victim who has gone through so much pain shouldn’t have to do without lunch when they are in trial”

As a result of that “heartbreak” and the help of good friends Gary Miller and Ray Adams the songfest will become a reality of great vocals and good music…a show the whole family can enjoy.

Tickets can also be purchased at Bill’s Audio and Video Innovations, 6366 20th Street, Vero Beach, 772-562-5565

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