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Scotty McCreery Named Goodwill Ambassador for 12.14 Foundation

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It’s been more than a year since the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that claimed the lives of 26 innocent victims on Dec. 14, 2012.

In light of the tragedy, the 12.14 Foundation was formed to use the performing arts as a way to help the community heal from their unimaginable pain. Their ultimate goal is to build a landmark performing arts center to create a remembrance and express hope for the future. The organization has named country music’s own Scotty McCreery to be their National Goodwill Ambassador, and to help them achieve their goals.

“I’m honored to support the 12.14 Foundation, and greatly admire both the mission and work of this remarkable organization,” the Season 10 ‘American Idol‘ winner says. “As a songwriter and performer, I know that music can bring hope and inspiration to those struggling to overcome great adversity.”

The ‘See You Tonight’ singer adds that he feels a personal responsibility to the mission of the 12.14 Foundation.

“The foundation’s vision of helping children and others heal through the performing arts really hits home for me as an entertainer,” he adds. “I will do everything I can to help communities affected by tragedy to heal and gain strength through the work of the 12.14 Foundation.”

“Our mission is to provide healing through the arts as a way forward — not just for those affected in Newtown but for people everywhere who have endured tragedy and trauma,” says Dr. Michael Baroody, founder of 12.14. “Scotty provides joy, hope and inspiration through music, has a genuine compassion for others, and is an excellent role model for perseverance and achievement at a young age.”

As part of McCreery’s new role, he will make personal appearances on behalf of the 12.14 Foundation and help build visibility for their work to his fan base via social media and other public communications.

To make a donation to the 12.14 Foundation, click here.

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