Singing our National Anthem at Opening Ceremonies, Jessica is a Patient Ambassador for Shriners Hospital for Children.
Jessica was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgum, which is commonly referred to as “knock
knee,” and has been a patient with Shriners Healthcare for Children – Florida since Jessica was
10. She has undergone five different surgeries with four of them being both knees at once.
Looking back, both agree the facility and staff have made a huge difference in Jessica’s life.
“Shriners helped me to be active and athletic, which I love,” Jessica said as her mother Carolyn
She excels in her studies, too. Jessica is a senior at Florida State University where she is
majoring in music therapy with a minor in psychology.
Jessica’s passion for music is clear. She writes or co-writes her own music, all of
which is available for download on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play. Jessica’s first CD, “Tidal
Wave,” was released spring 2016.
Jessica sang the national anthem at the East-West Shrine Game in 2016 and she has become
highly requested by Shriners and other community supporters.
Last year Ali McManus was a huge hit, and we are pleased to announce she will be joining us again in 2020.
Ali inspires others through song.
" My journey has been a series of twists and turns…and I mean that literally. Life – and my body itself – have thrown me some serious curves. But music saved my life. One song means three minutes of no pain, and I can say things with song that I can’t speak in words alone.
I don’t see myself as a person in a wheelchair. I see myself as a regular person who just happens to sit down all day. I don’t sweat the small stuff, and I believe positivity is the only way. I write songs that reflect my life, and I hope to connect with people through my lyrics and inspire with my message. Music has been my greatest healer. Through music, I have become UNBREAKABLE
There will be live performances throughout the Concours weekend, Friday Night and Saturday.
The Chicken Gizzard Old Time String Band is great southern music like you may never have heard before. You will be amazed at the traditional folk music we have come to love as performed by Jim Strickland on fiddle, Ernie Williams on banjo, Debbie Sue Gilman on fiddle, David Townsend on mandolins and Bonnie Bie on guitar.
The 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment - Rough Riders, Inc. was formed for the purpose of creating and perpetuating a living memorial to the unique accomplishment of President Theodore Roosevelt and the members of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment known as "The Rough Riders."
Every year, the Rough Riders collect, sort, and distribute thousands of Teddy Bears to hospital patients, cancer survivors and their families, centers for abused women and children, community health centers, special needs day care centers, and foster children.
Community Involvement is a long-standing objective of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment - Rough Riders, Inc. For over 36 years, the Regiment has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars both financially and in volunteer hours. Whether providing a material goods or manpower, Rough Riders live to get up close and personal with the community where they live and work.