Cary, NC— Lucy Daniels Center announces the featured artist for their third annual benefit, Expressions. A Celebration of Food and Art., taking place Friday, October 11, 2013, at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC.

The benefit brings together The Umstead’s executive chef Scott Crawford and pastry chef Daniel Benjamin with a team of notable guest chefs, who will collaborate to create a meal inspired by the work of acclaimed jazz singer Nnenna Freelon.

Six-time GRAMMY Award-nominated jazz singer Nnenna Freelon has been praised as “a spell-binding professional, who rivets attention with her glorious, cultivated voice and canny stagecraft.” With a dozen albums to her credit, Freelon has performed at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Monterey Jazz Festival, Apollo Theater, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has performed and toured with such distinguished artists as Ray Charles, Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Aretha Franklin, and Herbie Hancock.

Guests will enjoy a gourmet multi-course meal inspired by Freelon’s work, masterful wine pairings, and, throughout the evening, discourse from Freelon, Crawford and the chef team on their respective inspirations and crafts.

Lucy Daniels Center board of advisors member Michael Olander and his wife, Candace, who serves on the Center’s board of directors, are honorary co-chairs of the event.

“Having attended the first two Expressions benefits, we know what a special event it is,” Michael Olander said. “Because Candace and I share a strong belief in the importance of children’s emotional health to their overall well-being—along with a passion for the arts—we find Expressions to be the perfect event for us to co-chair. We look forward to doing all we can to make this very special event a financial success so the Lucy Daniels Center will be able to do even more to promote the healthy emotional development of young children.”

Ms. Freelon, who is deeply committed to arts education, will also provide a special opportunity for students of the Lucy Daniels School: a hands-on introduction to jazz music, with tips for parents on how to use music to connect with their children and explore emotions together.Proceeds from Expressions 2013 will benefit the Center’s life-changing child mental health and education programs. Sponsorships for this event are available now, and tickets will go on sale August 19. More information is available at, under the “Expressions” tab.

The Lucy Daniels Center in Cary, NC, is the largest nonprofit agency providing children’s mental health services in the Triangle. The Center serves children up to age 11 who are experiencing social, emotional or behavioral difficulties through a comprehensive range of programs. Through the Center’s Family Support Fund, nearly 90% of families pay less than the full cost of treatment, and one family in four receives services for free.

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Now in its third decade of service to children and families, the Lucy Daniels Center is a nationally recognized model for childhood mental health education and services. The Center is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit focused on providing mental health services to young children and their families in the Triangle and is conveniently located at 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. For more information, visit