Country Music Star Jimmy Wayne Discusses Homelessness in Passage Home Podcast

Native North Carolina Country Singer to Share His Story at “My Story, My Song” On June 2.

Raleigh, NC, May 25, 2011 --( Passage Home, a nonprofit agency fighting poverty and homelessness in Wake County, has released a podcast featuring country music star Jimmy Wayne sharing his story about what it was like to grow up as a homeless teenager and how organizations like Passage Home help fight poverty and homelessness. In the podcast, Wayne also discusses the “My Story, My Song” benefit for Passage Home on Thursday, June 2, from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Marriott Downtown Raleigh at 500 Fayetteville St. and how events like this can help the homeless community. Wayne, a North Carolina native, personally experienced life as a poor, homeless youth before finding success as an adult with several country hits, including the three-week No. 1, “Do You Believe Me Now.” Wayne will soon be a first-time published author when his novella, Paper Angels, comes out later this year. This podcast can be found at:

“My Story, My Song” will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction in addition to hearing Wayne’s story. Costs to attend the event, all of which will benefit Passage Home, are $60 per person and $100 per couple. Sponsorships are available from $1,000 to $10,000. For more information, visit

“Organizations such as Passage Home are doing their part to try to help needy youth make that transition into society, and we need to support them – it’s our obligation,” said Wayne. “We need to start with telling people who can make a difference in a homeless child’s life, because that’s the only way it’s going to change.”

“When I first met Jimmy Wayne, I was most impressed by his sense of gratitude in the face of such challenging circumstances as a child and teenager,” said Jeanne Tedrow, CEO and co-founder of Passage Home. “We are excited to bring him to our Raleigh event so that he can share his story with others and help us alleviate homelessness in Wake County.”

“Bayer CropScience remains a steadfast supporter of Passage Home, and we think ‘My Story, My Song’ will be a moving demonstration of the importance of what this agency is doing for our community,” said William Buckner, Bayer CropScience CEO and a member of Passage Home’s board of directors. “Passage Home and Jimmy Wayne are both excellent examples of organizations and people who are truly committed to fostering support of the next generation in our communities. Jimmy Wayne’s story of surviving life as a homeless teen is inspirational, and we look forward to hearing him share his story at the event.”

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- For more information about Jimmy Wayne, visit

- For more information about Jimmy Wayne’s “Meet Me Halfway” project, which addresses what should be done for foster youth who “age out” of the foster care system and face serious life problems such as homelessness and poverty, visit

- Bayer CropScience is a title sponsor of the Jimmy Wayne benefit event. The crop science company was recently recognized at Passage Home’s “3C’s Breakfast” with the Corporate Responsibility Award for its support of Passage Home.

About Passage Home:
Passage Home fights poverty and homelessness by strengthening families and neighborhoods. They are a nationally recognized nonprofit community development corporation that has been serving Wake County, NC since 1991. They have developed a network of corporations, congregations, and community organizations that are supporting this work. For more information, visit


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