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    Jimmy Wayne, Country music star to speak for Mental Health Association

    VERO BEACHJimmy Wayne, award-winning country music singer/songwriter, and three-time New York Times best selling author, made a vow to himself many years ago as a child growing up in foster care, that he would "make it," in spite of the difficult cards he was dealt. The odds were against him, to say the least.

    In his book, "A Walk To Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found His Way," Jimmy describes his tumultuous childhood of abuse, neglect and ultimately, abandonment. During his early teens, when he wasn't in foster care, he was couch surfing or living on the streets. But through it all, Jimmy kept the faith, and things began to turn around for him when he met a loving and generous elderly couple who took him in and changed his life. They provided a home, encouraged him to finish high school and college, and chase his dream of becoming a country music star.

    These days, Jimmy Wayne shares his inspiring life journey with people all around the world, fulfilling another vow he made to himself many years ago while listening to his music and dreaming of performing it for millions. Jimmy promised himself that no matter what, he would never forget where he came from. In addition to being a successful musician, author, and public speaker, Jimmy Wayne is a passionate advocate for children, especially those in foster care. In 2010, Jimmy walked half way across America to raise awareness for kids aging out of the foster care system, and he continues to advocate for them today.

    On Feb. 11, Jimmy Wayne will return to Vero Beach, on behalf of the Mental Health Association to heighten awareness for another cause close to his heart — mental health. Jimmy will perform at 6 p.m. at the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts. Student tickets are $35 and include a “backstage” meet and greet with Jimmy Wayne immediately after his performance. Adult tickets are $150 and include a cocktail reception featuring a vast array of delicious hors d’oeuvres, full bar and an opportunity to mingle with Jimmy Wayne.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Jimmy Wayne and feel his power of kindness, compassion, hope and love. Proceeds benefit the Mental Health Association in Indian River County, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing immediate access, with no barriers, to mental health services for children and adults.

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