She’s still here! Singing for a sunshade and sounding awesome

lynda jamison

BY SUE ERWIN – Island singer Lynda Jamison, who has a heart of gold, a voice as clear and beautiful as a bell and the tenacity of a pit bull, is on a mission. She will be performing two shows on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to help purchase a sunshade for the pavilion at the Boca Grande Community Center. An anonymous donor has offered to match all funds raised from her shows. That could bring the total amount raised to around $40,000.

“If we can raise that much, the sun- shade would be implemented right away, before the end of season,” she said. “I have had the great joy of being here for 15 years, and I have never met a more philanthropic group of people willing to give to those less fortunate.”

The performances, titled “I’m Still Here,” are a tribute to the women who helped her follow her dream of singing.

“This is my way of giving back to this island. Normally I do fundraisers for local children’s needs, but I have spent so many years on the lawn watching performers melt in the sun, and this is a wonderful way to give back to the community that supports us as artists,” Jamison said.

There are still tickets available for the second show.

The last fundraiser Jamison held was two years ago. She recalls raising about $12,000 to $13,000 to benefit Kids Needs, an organization in Englewood that helps children and families who are experiencing financial challenges.

Join her for a performance of classic standards from the American songbook, plus jazz and Broadway favorites.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling 964-0827 or via friendsofbocagrande.org.