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Compassion International

December 08, 2009 19:33 ET

'Coral Reefer' Peter Mayer to Perform at Bethany Lutheran to Benefit Compassion International

Guitarist for Jimmy Buffett Band Holds Concert to Raise Funds for Children in Poverty Overseas

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--(Marketwire - December 8, 2009) - Peter Mayer, best known as one of singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefers, will be performing December 20 at Bethany Lutheran in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., as part of his Stars and Promises 2009, Sing Joy tour. The Denver-area concert will benefit children in poverty overseas through Compassion International, the world's largest child development and sponsorship organization.

Mayer's appearance at Bethany Lutheran is part of a fifteen-city tour which began November 29, 2009, in Arnold, Mo. The tour, in its ninth consecutive year, first included Bethany Lutheran as one of its stops last year and drew attention to Compassion's mission to children overseas by donating some of the ticket and album sales to the ministry. In addition, nine children were sponsored through Compassion at the event.

"On the Stars and Promises tour, we become part of a community for a night and contribute a portion of our CD sales to a designated charity," said Peter Mayer. "But we hope that the spirit we share in songs and stories is carried on long after we're gone and makes a difference that is passed on from heart to heart into the new year and for years to come."

At this year's event, Mayer will once again be donating the proceeds from the concert to Compassion International and looks forward to an even stronger turnout this year and more children receiving sponsors.

"The basic truths that gave us purpose for this tour have remained constant from the beginning. Christmas is a time for giving; giving the best of what you have to a world that is broken and in need of love and care in so many places, close to home and afar," Mayer said.

Of the 1 billion people worldwide currently living in abject poverty, more than half are children. Through various programs including child sponsorship, Compassion tackles the issue of child poverty on a global scale one child at a time. Other programs include the Child Survival Program which cares for young mothers and their babies, the Leadership Development Program which enables outstanding high school graduates of the Sponsorship Program to pursue higher education, and Complementary Interventions which addresses unforeseen barriers to the child's healthy development including natural disasters, widespread health epidemics, inadequate housing and unsafe drinking water.

Compassion International is the world's largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1 million children in 26 of the world's poorest countries. Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion works holistically through local churches to address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children, enabling them to thrive, not just survive. Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator, has awarded Compassion its highest rating -- four stars -- for eight consecutive years.

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