Inaugural Fundraising Event PING PONG & SONGS Slated for Early 2013
Nashville, TN – Dec. 3, 2012 – GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum announced today their new charitable initiative called LadyAID™, a philanthropic effort created to bring awareness to and generate support for children in need locally, nationally and globally.
The multi-level organization will reach children across the state of Tennessee through grants to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. On a national level, Lady Aid is supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and on a global level, myLIFEspeaks and The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The LadyAID™ Fund is a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
“There are children all over the world who are suffering because they don’t have the resources to get the help they need,” added Hillary Scott. “My heart has specifically been lead to the children of Haiti. By partnering with organizations like UNHCR and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, we’ve already seen children be given access to medical care they wouldn’t otherwise have in their country. It’s so inspiring, and anything we can do to help that cause, we’re going to do.”
“We’ve witnessed firsthand what these organizations are doing to help kids and their families. I’ve been personally touched by the children’s hospital visits we’ve made around the US over the last few years,” noted Charles Kelley. “We hope that with the help of our fans, we can all combine our energy and resources to help provide some relief to these families.”
LadyAID™ will be funded by donations and fundraising efforts including the trio’s inaugural PING PONG & SONGS event. Inspired by a combination of the band’s favorite backstage hobby and their love of songwriting, the event will be held in early 2013.
Lady Antebellum recently wrapped their headlining tour that was awarded Billboard’s “Breakthrough Award” and traveled across the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, where the GRAMMY winning trio was welcomed by over one million fans in 11 countries on three continents. Lady A sold out shows in top markets including Los Angeles, Chicago, two nights in New York City, Toronto, London, three nights at Sydney’s Opera House and even had a chance to open a sold out show at London’s Hard Rock Calling for one of their idols Bruce Springsteen. The group’s current album OWN THE NIGHT debuted at the No. one position on Billboard’s Top 200 and has spawned two No. one hits “We Owned The Night” and “Just A Kiss.” The trio has sold over 11 million albums across the globe, scored seven GRAMMY Awards and tallied six No. one hits.
Tonight in celebration of their Christmas album ON THIS WINTER’S NIGHT, the trio will create an unforgettable night of holiday music and their biggest hits at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. The event is being filmed for a television special by the same name that will air on GAC this Wednesday and in more than 45 countries around the world between now and the end of the year.
About The UN Refugee Agency - UNHCR:
The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, is on the front lines of the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises. UNHCR was established on December 14, 1950, by the United Nations General Assembly. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees and other people displaced by war, conflict and persecution. Today, UNHCR helps nearly 34 million people, of which 80% are women and children. UNHCR strives to ensure that everyone can exercise their basic human right to seek asylum, find safe refuge in another country, and eventually a permanent home. UNHCR also has a mandate to help stateless people, or people who are not recognized as a citizen of any country. Over the past six decades, the agency has helped millions of people restart their lives and has won two Nobel Peace Prizes. UNHCR works to provide primary education and job skills to youth to help keep them safe from forced recruitment, sexual exploitation and smuggling. UNHCR aims to provide a better future for the world’s most vulnerable.
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