October 7, 2019

As part of their continued work in the Bahamas, the Premier Foundation is making a significant impact in Nassau on the heels of Hurricane Dorian, providing essential relief for the evacuees displaced by the Category 5 storm. In partnership with D & S Aviation of Ft. Lauderdale, Premier organized their first air cargo shipment of relief supplies on September 20, with a second scheduled for the first part of November.

While in Nassau, Premier Foundation president, Gene Krcelic, met with Member of Parliament, Ms. Shonel Ferguson and the First Lady of the Bahamas, Mrs. Patricia Minnis to discuss post-hurricane relief and recovery solutions. Premier also assisted Great Commission Ministries and Fox Hill Community Center, providing crucial supplies for the growing homeless and hungry population of the island and displaced residents of Abaco and Grand Bahama Island who suffered devastating loss.

“A number of people contacted us after the storm offering significant donations for the survivors of Hurricane Dorian,” Krcelic said. “We felt it was imperative that we become a boots-on-the-ground example for relief and recovery. The Premier Foundation has been working in the Bahamas with children’s homes, elder care organizations, homeless ministries and many others for nearly a decade. The people we have built relationships with over the years are family to us and there is no chance we will leave them to walk the road to recovery by themselves.”

“When a disaster strikes, people jump into action, donating food, clothes, money and other supplies,” Krcelic continued. “As the weeks pass, a new disaster strikes somewhere in the world and other newsworthy stories emerge; then the cameras move on to the next news cycle. What was once on the public’s heart can easily get forgotten. Now is the time for action. The road to recovery will take years and it is vital we continue to walk beside our brothers and sisters in their time of distress.”

The Premier Foundation is committed to being a voice for the disadvantaged and exists to love and serve the impoverished by meeting their physical, spiritual, educational, social, and emotional needs; empowering them to be agents of change in their communities. The Premier Foundation is the charitable arm of Premier Productions, Premier Festivals and Premier Vacations and Events.

Earlier this year, Premier was honored as an organization impacting culture at the 6th Annual GMA Honors and Hall of Fame Ceremony in Nashville. Premier has raised millions of dollars for partner projects and non-profit organizations around the world. Other Foundation projects include: Fellow Countrymen (Greenville, SC), Agape International Missions (Cambodia), Ciudad de Angeles (Mexico), K-LOVE Hope Center (Detroit), and Mount Nebo Church and Community Center (New Orleans).

For more information, contact Gene Krcelic at 864-505-5354 or gene@premierfoundation.com.

Click Here for Official Press Release

Alison Hughey

Music Therapist

Alison Hughey’s greatest passion is guiding clients in connection, comfort and communication through music. Since studying music therapy at Converse University and earning her board certification in 2010, she has served clients from 18 months of age up to 103 years old and contributed to research in community mental health and dementia care. Alison wears multiple “music hats” as a worship leader, band member, and music & wellness workshop facilitator.

Jared Emerson

Performance Artist

Jared Emerson is world renown for his captivating performance art and studio originals.  His art has raised millions of dollars for charities and ministries around the world.  Jared’s work with Premier Arts Collective allows him to use his gifts by engaging in interactive art classes and performances across the globe; using his art for healing, therapy and restoration for those who have experienced trauma and abuse.

Born in Michigan and now residing in Greenville, South Carolina, Jared’s personal mission has led him to perform and create art, in a vast array of media, for a large number of collectors, corporations, churches and charities, with his performance piece “Face of God” being the most requested.

Jared’s credits include: ReviveUs 2 with Kirk Cameron, Winter Jam concert tour, TEDx, K-LOVE, CBS Sports, Game Plan for Life, The 700 Club, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, NASCAR, Museum of the Bible, Coca-Cola, Michelin, Land Rover, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Pistons, Family Christian Stores and countless others.

Jared’s success has made his artwork sought after by many celebrities and sports figures.  His clients include: Carrie Underwood, Carson Wentz, Jack Nicklaus, Guy Fieri, Joe Gibbs, Willie Mays, Albert Pujols, Jimmy John, Forrest Lucas, Smokey Robinson and Joe Greene, to name a few.

For booking information, contact gene@premierartscollective.com 

Anita Yeh Norrie

Art Therapist

Anita Yeh Norrie (MA-Art Therapy) is passionate about creating change and improving lives through the transformative power of creating art. A life-long believer in the therapeutic and cathartic power of art, she built her career around developing programs and relationships that encourage expression, and self-realization through creativity.

While an art and design business owner, she was the vehicle of expression for her client’s vision. As an art therapist, she has created therapeutic art programs for kids, for mental health programs and non-profits, launched and operated an open art studio for a community arts center, and led hundreds of people to live a better life through their own discovery of creativity and artistic self-expression.

Anita’s current work of art is Art Power!, the non-profit she founded in 2017 where she and her team are working to change the lives of underserved kids in Cozumel, Mexico, through their therapeutic, choice-based art studio.”

When not in the art studio, you can usually find Anita contemplating her next project while exploring tasty food stands and out-of-the-way eateries, wherever she may be.

Courtney Chandler

Art Therapist

Courtney Chandler is a registered art therapist, licensed professional counselor associate, trauma-conscious yoga teacher, and founder of HeARTS for Hope Therapy in Greenville, SC. She has a decade of experience offering expressive art therapy groups in mental health facilities, schools, detention facilities, and substance use treatment centers across the country. She loves supporting adults and teens as they navigate challenges of trauma and grief, using an integrative combination of art therapy, somatic psychotherapy, and EMDR. Motivated by the belief that everyone is innately creative and art is an expression of self-love and divine connection, she uses a holistic mind-body approach in her therapeutic practice, and feels honored to hold space for hope and healing.

Samuel Monterrosa

Vocal Coach and Head of Nu-Day Academy

Samuel Monterrosa is the Director of Nu-Day Academy in San Salvador, El Salvador. He has been mentoring, coaching and advising students in music education for over 15 years. He is often asked how music helps. Samuel believes that for many children, music is opportunity. Music is the way out of a life of poverty and brokenness. Nu-Day Academy provides opportunities for youth to build their self-esteem through music.

Born and raised in San Salvador, Samuel believes all lasting achievement is rooted in developing good character and maturity through the daily exercise of personal responsibility. Samuel’s guidance at Nu-Day Academy has built an environment focusing on character skills.

Under Samuel’s leadership, Nu-Day Community Choir was formed. The choir has become a favorite to the entire country, performing on every national television station, at concerts and for the Salvadorian government. Samuel is also the baritone pillar in the youth band known throughout Latin America as One Love El Salvador.