It’s that time of year again… the month of new beginnings, reflection, renewed hope and of course, the list of resolutions. Admittedly, I am relieved that the holidays are past us. For some reason, more than ever, the holidays had a frenetic energy about them. So, I am truly embracing the mantra of a peaceful new year and continuing my annual family tradition of writing down resolutions. I will spare you my 2023 resolutions, but I certainly hope that we are all inspired to spread more kindness this year. Kindness never goes out of style and our world needs it more than ever.
With that ethos front and center, award-winning singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, philanthropist and mega social influencer Montana Tucker will headline the Concert-4-Kindness this Sunday, Jan. 15 at Florida Atlantic University. A Boca Raton native, Tucker uses her platform, with a total reach of 14 million followers, to empower and inspire from every angle. “We need everyone to bring out their friends, families and colleagues, from youth, parents and grandparents to Gen Zers, Millenials and Baby Boomers to join us, so together we can resonate acceptance, kindness and light,” says Tucker, who has worked with an impressive roster of A-list stars.
The brainchild of longtime FAU supporters and community cheerleaders Bonnie and Jon Kaye, the Concert-4-Kindness is also bringing together other internationally-renowned artists as well as local talents to the stage. As Kaye shares, “Featuring an inclusive and affirming roster of talent, Tucker and her concert collaborators hail from all backgrounds and life experiences to deliver a resonating ‘We are the World’-style multi-generational community moment.” Local groups performing include Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Boca Dance Studio and Florida Singing Sons and Chorale Soleil.
Something else that never goes out of style is giving back. In line with Tucker’s recently released “How to Never Forget” Holocaust education docuseries for the TikTok Generation, the proceeds from the concert will benefit the future Kurt and Marilyn Wallach Holocaust and Jewish Studies building at FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. “FAU is honored to have Montana and friends bring their talent and reach to our campus, as we share the belief that education is our best hope against hatred in building a better world for all,” conveys Michael Horswell, Ph.D., Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.
I am looking forward to bringing my son to this concert and quite frankly, it’s already inspiring me to sprinkle more random acts of kindness throughout 2023 (and beyond). After all, many small kind gestures together make a big impact on both the individual and collective levels. Truly, I cannot think of a better way to kickstart the new year with such positivity, love and inclusivity.
When: Sunday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium
Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
Tickets: $10 and $20
For more information about the concert and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.fau.edu/artsandletters/concert-4-kindness/