CARROLLWOOD — Life Amplified PAWS UP, a spoken word and all-ages variety showcase will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at Carrollwood Players Theatre, 4333 Gunn Highway.
What began as a single event in January 2013 has grown into a series of talent showcases benefiting local nonprofit groups.
Life Amplified creator Deborah Bostock-Kelley heard about the arson that destroyed the new home of Animal Coalition of Tampa. She did not hesitate to make them the recipient of her sixth charity benefit.
“Animal Coalition of Tampa is an incredible organization helping hundreds of animal lovers in the community with affordable pet care — myself included — so there was no question. I wanted to help the founder, Linda Hamilton and her organization,” said Kelley. “We have more variety than ever before — poets, singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, and even a teenage magician.”
The September charity benefit will feature nearly two dozen acts.
Performers range from a 3-year-old singer to several contestants of July’s Carrollwood Idol, including its first runner-up, Erica Heiden, currently Audrey in the theater’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”
“Life Amplified has grown by leaps and bounds,” said Bostock- Kelley. “People mistakenly think that we are a nonprofit, but we’re not. When someone says ‘what can I do — I’m just one person?’ I say look at Life Amplified. It’s not a charity but it helps charities. We get nothing out of it, but the pride in knowing we pay it forward and maybe, made a little bit of a difference for someone in need.”
In addition to the entertainment, there will be a raffle with donations from Brides N Blooms, PetSupermarket, Dennyzen, Jenna Mingledorf Photography, and Pooka’s Pet Products.
James Geiger Photography has volunteered for the third time and will be taking souvenir photos available for purchase after the showcase.
Tickets to Life Amplified PAWS UP are $9 in advance online and $11 at the door.
The ticket price and all raffle proceeds raised will benefit the Animal Coalition of Tampa.
Life Amplified PAWS UP is on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Carrollwood Players Theatre. Learn more about Life Amplified or buy advance tickets at www.life amplifiedshowcase.com, also on Facebook at www .facebook.com/spoken wordshowcase.