Teen Star Honors Santa Barbara’s First Responders

Staff Report
Teen Star is honoring Santa Barbara County first responders by offering complimentary tickets to the Teen Star® Showcase Finale at the Arlington Theatre at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 24.

James McKerman, a senior at Bishop Diego High School, sings during the Santa Barbara Teen Star singing competition Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Arlington Theater.
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“There is so much appreciation in our community for our first responders given their ongoing heroics.  Teen Star® wanted to find our own special way to express our gratitude,” said founder Joe Lambert.

ERG Resources is sponsoring 100 tickets for first responders who are encouraged to wear their uniforms or other identIfying shirts at the event so they can be recognized during the show.
“ERG has been looking for a meaningful way to participate in the recovery effort following the disasters.  When this opportunity was brought to us it was a no-brainer,” said Ben Oakley, ERG Resources EH&S/Gov’t Affairs Manager. “At ERG we have many community partners that support youth programs and the arts, so the nexus between our corporate giving program and this sponsorship was a perfect fit.  We are very excited to see the final show and share this experience with our local first responders and their families.”
“We are grateful to Teen Star for their very kind donation of tickets to first responders, including the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office. Thank you for this recognition and support,” added Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown.
First responders can receive up to four complimentary tickets for themselves and their immediate families. Contact Michele Higgins, Teen Star ticketing manager, at michele@TeenStarUSA.com to reserve your tickets.
Tickets for the TEEN STAR® Showcase Finale are on sale now at AXS.com or at the Arlington Box Office.  The Red Carpet event to welcome the Teen Star Finalists begins at 6 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Be in your seats early for the Deckers sponsored giveaway of apparel brands including UGG. 
Teen Star® was established in 2010 to support performing arts programs in local schools and to give area youth an outlet to showcase their talents, providing lasting benefits for talented young performers and the Santa Barbara community at large. Well-known for the two flagship competitions held each year–Teen Star, a singing competition, and Teen Dance Star, (a dance competition that will return in 2019), Teen Star® also offers seminars and workshops, mentoring sessions and opportunities for teens, and donates proceeds from the live events to support the Arts Mentorship Program, who awards scholarships to help students in financial need to continue pursuing their education in the arts. Learn more at TeenStarUSA.com and keep up with all the action by following the Teen Star social media channels: FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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