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‘American Troubadour’ headlines ‘Denim & Diamonds’ Kids to Love benefit

HUNTSVILLE – Billy Dean, who launched his career on the popular television “Star Search” in the 1990s and billed as “The American Troubadour,” will headline the annual Denim & Diamonds, the Kids to Love Foundation’s primary fundraiser for the Davidson Home for girls.

The event for the nonprofit 501(c)(3) also benefits the Whitaker Cottage Community. Presented by Twickenham Advisors, Denim & Diamonds is April 27 at the Jackson Center.

Over the course of his 25-plus years, Dean has released 11 albums. In 1992, he was nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year for “Somewhere in My Broken Heart,” which went on to win Song of the Year at the American Country Music Awards. That same year, he was named Top New Male Vocalist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards and nominated by the Country Music Association for the Horizon Award. In 2017, Dean was inducted into the Florida Artist Hall of Fame.

“This past year at Davidson Farms has been one of our most fulfilling ever,” Kids to Love founder and CEO Lee Marshall said in a statement. “Davidson Farms is about hope, healing, and home, and we have a wonderful group of girls and young women there doing that every day.

“We can’t wait to show our Denim & Diamonds guests how we are changing their lives every day for the better.”

In addition to Dean, the evening also will feature dinner, hors d’oeuvres, and an auction. Davidson Farms, the foundation’s home for girls near Ardmore established in 2017. It’s a state-licensed home but is not run with any state funding – all funding to meet the needs of the girls who live there comes from private donations.

For girls who age out of the foster care system, Davidson Farms has the Whitaker Cottage Community. Opened in September 2022, the cottages allow the young women to begin a life of independence while they continue their education or begin a career, all with the aid of Kids to Love’s mentors.

Most recently, Kids to Love opened the Damson Family Barn at Davidson Farms, home to Kids to Love’s new equine therapy program, which helps heal trauma through interaction with horses. 

Click here for table reservation information about this year’s event. Davidson Farms is named in honor of the late Dr. Dorothy Davidson. For more information, visit www.kidstolove.org.

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