In One Alabama City, it's Ruben Studdard Day
American Idol Season Two winner Ruben Studdard made an appearance at the Dothan, Ala., City Commission meeting Tuesday, where officials handed him a key to the city and proclaiming the day "Ruben Studdard Day." The lovable star, who hails from Birmingham, Ala., is now an honorary citizen of Dothan as well.
Studdard hosted a concert Tuesday night at the Dothan Civic Center, joined by the kids in his music camp, which gives area youths a chance to sing and play instruments in an effort to support the arts.
As Ruben performed the free concert, which was open to the public, his happy campers provided the instrumentals and backing vocals.
Dothan mayor Pat Thomas said he was exceptionally proud of the work Ruben has done with the city during the past week.
While the concert was free, the singer's non-profit organization, the Ruben Studdard Foundation, is accepting donations that will go toward scholarships. The scholarships will be given to Alabama students who are interested in studying music.
The man Ruben edged out to become the second American Idol, Clay Aiken, is heavily invested in a plethora of charitable organizations, both his own and in conjunction with others. It's good to see Ruben following a similar path with his own foundation!