Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Scotty McCreery Is Happy To Help 12.14 Foundation

A Goodwill Ambassador
Additionally, the 12.14 Foundation has recently named American Idol winner and country music star Scotty McCreery as its first national goodwill ambassador. Mr McCreery visited with foundation board members and families affected by 12/14 this past December at Edmond Town Hall. According to a press release issued the week of February 3, “He will play an active role in promoting the foundation’s arts programming, supporting its fundraising efforts, and building awareness for the organization’s plans to build a world-class performing arts and education center in Newtown.”

“When we were approached [about becoming the national goodwill ambassador for 12.14 Foundation], I saw the passion they had, and it fit in with what we are trying to do,” said Mr McCreery in a phone interview, Tuesday, February 11. “Having a number one record is nice, but the main thing for me is impacting people’s lives in a positive way through music and the performing arts, and that’s what the 12.14 Foundation is doing,” said Mr McCreery.

“Scotty has accomplished great things at a very young age,” said Dr Baroody. “He shows perseverance and commitment, and is an exceptional role model to young people. He is in college, while maintaining a career. He’s a wholesome role model, and kids can relate to him, because he is so young,” he said, epitomizing the kind of performer the 12.14 Foundation hopes to attract to the proposed performing arts center. “We see Scotty as more than a one-time thing. When we met with him in December, we developed a relationship. He was on board with what we are trying to do,” Dr Baroody said. Mr McCreery’s star value will serve as a welcome public relations piece, reaching people far beyond Newtown, and put a face to the project, he said.  Mr McCreery’s future involvement with the 12.14 Foundation could include leading programs, and even giving input to the design of the center, said Dr Baroody.

“Being the ambassador is something I want to carry around with me. At every concert I’ll be representing [the 12/14 Foundation],” Mr McCreery said. It is a responsibility he takes very seriously. While he has been involved with other charity groups, including the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child and World Vision, this is the first time he has been involved with something of this significance in the states, he said.

Just as Mr McCreery looked up to his own father as a role model, as well as country music singers Josh Turner and Brad Paisley, he appreciates that kids connect to him.
“It’s really cool,” he said, “when a kid comes up to you and says, ‘I want to be like you.’ I want to make sure all I do is not something that will disappoint [the kids],” he said.
“I’m lucky to work with some of the best in the business, in music and sound. If the foundation ever needed input, I would love to be able to give good advice, and more than happy to help however I can,” Mr McCreery said.  He looks forward to a return to Newtown. “Hopefully, one day, when the performing arts center is up and running, I’ll be back to maybe do a concert there,” he said.

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