Local “American Idol” Contestant Sings To Raise Funds For Haiti

maddy-curtisSixteen year old Maddy Curtis, a Bluemont resident who was recently featured on “American Idol,” will sing to raise funds for Haiti tonight, Sunday January 31, at the Franklin Park Performing Arts Center in Purcellville. Maddy was thrust into the national spotlight when she wowed the “American Idol” judges in Boston with her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s,   “Hallelujah” (watch the performance below). The judges unanimously voted her on to the next level of the competition in Hollywood.

Tonight’s event is open to the public and donations will be accepted for World Vision International’s Haitian relief effort. Guests are asked to set their own ticket price, with all proceeds going to help those suffering in the aftermath of the January 12th earthquake that devastated Haiti. A representative from World Vision who recently returned from the island nation will share first-hand experiences and explain how World Vision International is assisting the Haitian people.

Originally scheduled for Saturday night, the performance was rescheduled due to snow. This special concert will feature the music of Cole Porter, Gershwin, Hammerstein, Hoagy Carmichael, and Sting. Maddy will also field questions from the audience and onstage host, Tom Sweitzer.

For more information contact the The Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center box office at 540-338-7973 or online at: Franklin Park Arts Center


  1. Tammy Lanham says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed Maddy’s performance- she is a talented young lady and as she explained on stage just wanted to share her God-given gift of music to help others in need. With wonderful accompanists and the able assistance of Tom Sweitzer as MC, she shared her beautiful voice with the packed house (our family attended the first performance, which was added due to overwhelming community support). After hearing from a World Vision worker who had just arrived in Haiti the day before the disaster, Maddy sang “You Raise Me Up” as images from last week were projected on a large screen behind her. The images were of hope as well as of sadness, and I couldn’t help but think what an amazing difference a single person can make with the support of community and strength of God and family. Way to go Maddy!
    (and I remembered to bring home contact information for the child-centered organization World Vision in case anyone is interested: http://www.worldvision.org/GivetoHaiti or call 888-56-CHILD… every little bit will help)

  2. Tammy Lanham says:

    forgot to add… you can also text “GIVE” to 20222 to give a $10 gift