Teen singer to perform at benefit for Union Beach

 Jacquie Lee Jacquie Lee Colts Neck native and “The Voice” finalist Jacquie Lee, 16, will star in “Two Towns-One Voice-One Mission,” a concert hosted by Operation Provide Comfort to benefit the residents of Union Beach on Aug. 23 at the Robert J. Collins Arena, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft.

Ticket prices are $50, $75, $100 and $250 for the VIP package.

They can be purchased by calling 800-514-3849 or visiting www.opcunionbeach.org/tickets, beginning July 1.

All proceeds will directly benefit the residents of Union Beach who are still struggling to recover from the devastating effects of superstorm Sandy, according to a press release.

Lee honed her songwriting and performance skills on New Jersey’s local scene before striking a chord with America on the top-rated NBC show “The Voice.” Under the mentorship of pop superstar Christina Aguilera, Lee made an impressive showing as first runner-up, according to the press release.

Lee’s debut single “Broken Ones” has more than 3 million streams on Spotify and shot to the Top 20 on the iTunes Pop Chart. Lee recently signed to Atlantic Records in partnership with 300 Entertainment.

She will be touring the country as part of the 31-date Voice Tour.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Jacquie is donating her time, talent and energy to help her fellow New Jerseyans,” said retired Lt. Col. Jim Sfayer, founder of Operation Provide Comfort. “We are hoping this event raises awareness that the rebuilding effort is far from over, as well as the much-needed funds to make it a reality.”

Prior to appearing on “The Voice,” Lee was an aspiring singer-songwriter and performed with Rockit, a performance program run out of the Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank. “Being in a position to help a community in my home state is a privilege for me,” the young woman said. “Knowing I can share my talent to help others and raise awareness is one of the incredible benefits of participating in ‘The Voice’ show and summer tour.”

Following Sandy, nearly 200 homes in Union Beach had to be demolished, another 500 homes took on 5 feet of water, and another 1,000 homes had up to 3 feet of water damage.

Police, fire, emergency services and the school all sustained significant damage to buildings and equipment, according to the press release.

The task of rebuilding is ongoing.

Operation Provide Comfort welcomes event sponsors and donations for gift baskets to be auctioned prior to the event.

Interested parties may contact Diana Piotrowski at 732-946- 3474 or globalinfo1@verizon.net.