Benefit concert stars young host

West Linn's Amber Mitchell, a 13-year-old at NW Portland Academy, stars in her own musical fundraiser for World Vision
by: Submitted Photo Amber Mitchell

For 13-year-old Amber Mitchell of West Linn, 'Tomorrow is only a day away.' And this redheaded fireball wants to make sure that her tomorrow is a better place.

To do that, Mitchell, the former lead of Lincoln High School's 'Annie,' has organized 'My World Vision - A Benefit Concert' on April 9 at Lake Oswego's Christian City Church with all proceeds going to World Vision.

'I'm hoping to raise $2,000 for World Vision,' Mitchell said. 'I've grown up with my family telling me all about World Vision, and right now we are sponsoring two children in Zambia. I very much believe in all that World Vision does … I am helping them make a difference.'

The headliner at her own concert, Mitchell also carries the roles of producer, promoter and ticket seller.

'I am the main 'act,' I guess you could say,' Mitchell said. 'However, I shall have a guest star named John Ellingsen - an amazing performer. My little sister, Mia, will be doing a small duet with me. Also there will be a surprise number in which several children from Stagecoach Schools will take part.'

Mitchell invited more than 100 guests via e-mail to the event, and based on her RSVPs, she's nearly filled the house.

'I've received $1,000 in donations. Plus, I've already received a matching gift of $3,000 from Kevan and Diane Hall; this is an extremely good start,' Mitchell said.

There is no admission fee to the concert, but a suggested donation is $10 to $15 per person.The Christian City Church is located at 17979 Stafford Road in Lake Oswego. For more information on the concert or how to give to World Vision, visit www.