Singer Chris Mann Highlights Operation Enduring Care Benefit Dinner
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Singer and NBC’s “The Voice” competitor Chris Mann was the featured entertainer last Saturday for the eighth annual “The 100 Point Vintage Wine Tasting Dinner.” The evening is an exclusive fundraising event hosted by CharityWorks, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that helps local charities by supporting programs that help children and families in need with special concern for military families.
Conducted at the Potomac, Md., home of Scott and Patrice Brickman, the event benefited the USO’s Warrior and Family Care initiative called Operation Enduring Care. Operation Enduring Care is dedicated to the construction and endowment of two Warrior and Family Centers that support America's healing heroes and their families.
The centers -- one at Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia and the other at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. -- will be a "hub of healing" that will respond to the needs of wounded, ill and injured troops and their families.
For Chris, it was his first chance to lend his talents in support of our nation’s military.
“I was really proud to have been able to participate in what was a very successful evening,” Chris said. “I was pleased and excited to be a part of it.”
Chris performed several songs including “Because We Believe,” (his audition song for “The Voice,” made famous by Andrea Bocelli), “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and his own track called “Roads,” which speaks to everyone’s trials and tribulations in life.
“The whole evening was elegant and inspiring and successful,” Chris said.
Chris also got a first-hand look at what the USO can do when he was escorted to the USO Dallas/Fort Worth during a stopover from Los Angeles to Washington to meet with the volunteers and staff.
“It was such a relaxing environment,” he said. “I can only imagine how nice it is for the soldiers to have that sort of serenity and some ‘me’ time. I met a soldier who had just gotten back from Afghanistan who got a few days to come home. … It was really emotional for me to talk with him and to thank him.”
“Roads” also is emblematic of Chris’s journey as a singer, which received a tremendous boost thanks to placing in the final four of “The Voice.”
“It’s been incredible,” Chris said. “[The show was] the best thing that’s ever happened to me. It’s been a struggle. I’ve been singing for over 12 years and there’ve been lots of ups and downs. But staying persistent enough and being different, which has always been my problem … but it’s [now] something to be proud of.”
Chris also alluded to the fact that the reality show competition provided him many new opportunities including the USO fundraising event.
“It’s way more gratifying than just doing a show. It’s doing a show with a purpose.”
* Chris’s debut album is slated for a fall release and fans can follow his development on his website, www.chrismannmusic.com.
* Learn more about USO Warrior and Family Care, Operation Enduring Care and make a donation today.
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