Benefit News: Jimmy Wayne, Jo Dee Messina, Phil Vassar

Jimmy Wayne will testify at the Tennessee Capitol on Feb. 8 in support of the Transitioning Youth Act—a program that provides assistance to foster children between the ages of 18-21 once they age out of the foster care system. It has been cited as a critical initiative that helps individuals bridge the gap from their teenage years to adulthood, in both educational and professional terms. Representative Mark White (R-Memphis) is guiding the bill through Legislature. Wayne, who was a foster child, founded Project Meet Me Halfway and walked from Nashville to Phoenix in 2010 to raise awareness for the cause.

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Jo Dee Messina is hosting a “Night Of Nostalgia,” a big band swing and casino night, on Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in Nashville. The event at the Maxwell House Hotel will raise money for the non-profit Holy Trinity Montessori School. Tickets are $60 and include open bar, light fare and dancing. Messina and Cliff Notes will perform. Tickets at http://nostalgia2012.eventbrite.com.

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Phil Vassar is returning to his native Lynchburg, Virginia for two performances for the Fourth Annual Phil Vassar Benefit Concert for Miller Home for Girls, April 4 and 5. The first show is an exclusive acoustic event followed by a larger concert the next night. Vassar is donating 100% of the proceeds to Miller Home, a safe haven for young girls ages four to 21. Ticket details by calling 434-845-0241.

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