Community Spotlight: Local Teen Star Takes Center Stage For Charity

Today is #GiveTuesday! A time to shine a spotlight on charitable organizations and nonprofits impacting our communities. Where individuals from around the world will come together to celebrate causes close to their hearts. And as many of these organizations are continuing to struggle during these unprecedented times, now is the time to give back – whether it’s monetary donations or showing your support on social media.

Setting the tone and stage when it comes to generosity is Rosevelt Rawls, a thirteen-year-old singer from Mesa, who decided to give back in a uniquely musical way.

Photo by Erin Eileen Photography

Combining a talent and passion to help children suffering from abuse, Rosevelt decided to host her own fundraising event amid the pandemic. Held on September 26, the drive-in and socially distanced live concert titled “The Music and The Message” raised money for nonprofits Childhelp and Operation underground Railroad that works to fight child abuse and child sex trafficking.

Rosevelt began her singing career at the age of nine where she was given the opportunity to perform with comedy-music legend Dick Van Dike. Since then she has performed solo as well as with other celebrities including actor John O’Hurley, violinist Lindsey Stirling, local musician William Joseph and activist Elizabeth Smart.

Rosevelt is also an ambassador for Childhelp and constantly strives to help children in need.

And to say the fundraising event was a success would be a vast understatement. In one night, Rosevelt raised $100,00 and drew over 200 socially distanced vehicles to Schnepf Farms. For those unable to attend in person, the concert was available via livestream where viewers were encouraged to make donations online.

But her generosity and determination haven’t stopped there. She has set her new goal to raise $1 million that will go directly to help abused children.

A true inspiration.

At a time when organizations, businesses and individuals are in need of assistance #GivingTuesday is a call to everyone to find a way to give back. Young or old. Large or small. Especially during these difficult times, it’s important now more than ever.