Maddy Sings for Haiti:
Local Teenager, American Idol Contestant, Performs at Franklin Park

January 27, 2010

Sixteen-year-old Maddy Curtis, a junior at Loudoun Valley High School and a Bluemont resident will sing to raise funds for Haiti in its time of need. The benefit concert will take place Saturday, January 30th at 8pm at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, VA.

The event is free, but donations will be accepted for World Vision International's Haitian relief effort. A World Vision staffer who recently returned from Haiti will also share her first-hand experiences.

"Maddy came home from school one day last June and said she wanted to audition" for the American Idol TV show writes her mother, author Barbara Curtis, "taking me by surprise."

"But 24 hours later we were headed for Boston," she added.

"For 6 months it was a secret that she made it to Hollywood - a unanimous vote by Randy, Kara, guest judge Victoria Beckham and Simon," recalls Curtis. (See video of audition.)

The Bluemont teenager then appeared on American Idol on its opening season show, January 12, 2010.

Maddy is the ninth of twelve children, four of whom have special needs. Her mother, Barbara Curtis, is an author on home schooling using Montessori techniques and a blogger. (See MommyLife.)

All concert proceeds go to World Vision Haitian relief efforts. Reserve seats by calling the Franklin Park Arts Center at 540-338-7973, guests are asked to please arrive by 7:45.

For more information contact Ann Stewart, 571-201-3018 or 540-882-4872,