Monday, December 3, 2012

Classical Concert Pianist Jade Simmons to Headline Children's Fundraiser

Jade Simmons is one of the world’s few and most accomplished African American female concert pianists.   As first runner up in the 2000 Miss America pageant, she performed Chopin’s Etude in C-sharp minor, Op. 10, No. 4, before a live television audience of millions. Jade has toured the U.S. extensively, appearing as a concerto soloist with the Dallas Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta at Chicago’s Symphony Hall, and ended 2011 with a performance at the White House at the invitation of President and Mrs. Obama.  In light of these accomplishments, Ebony magazine named Jade as one of their Top 30 Leaders under 30, and Essence magazine recently featured her in its October 2012 issue as part of their first annual Style & Substance Awards, which highlights women who have expanded the definition of beauty and achievement.

Jade will bring her talents to inspire and amaze a sold-out audience on Monday, February 25, 2013 at The 22nd Annual Jo Covelli Fashion Show and Luncheon in Stuart, Florida to benefit the Hibiscus Children’s Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency located on Florida’s Treasure Coast.  In addition to the support provided by Mr. & Mrs. Albert and Jo Covelli as Grand Benefactors, this lovely February afternoon affair has received leadership support from Mr. David L. Smythe, Mr. & Mrs. Frank and Maureen Zappala, and an anonymous friend of the center.  Thanks to the caring members of their global community, abused, abandoned and neglected children will benefit from the life-changing services provided by Hibiscus Children’s Center.

An artist with a social conscience that moves her to action, Ms. Simmons serves as an advocate for America’s youth who are in crisis.  “I applaud and support Hibiscus Children’s Center.  In partnership with its caring and generous community members, the needs of abused, abandoned, and neglected children from across the state of Florida are not only met . . . children are given an opportunity to soar,” states Ms. Simmons.

Ms. Simmons’ partnership with Hibiscus Children’s Center is a testament to her dedication and concern for children who have experienced the trauma of abuse in their young lives.  She will share her passion and love for music with the esteemed guests gathered at the prestigious Sailfish Point Country Club where this major fundraiser is held each year.

Hibiscus Children’s Center is deeply grateful to Ms. Simmons for being a part of this important and impactful event.  She has been praised for her innovative, enthusiastic and energetic musical talents, but there is no doubt, she deserves accolades for her commitment to helping the youth in our local and national communities.

For more information about Ms. Simmons, please visit  To learn more about how you can help abused, abandoned and neglected children have a brighter future, please visit


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