Little Big Town Raises $115K for Africa
Grammy award-winning Little Big Town recently took the stage at Rolling Hills Farm in Franklin, TN in an effort to raise money for Blood:Water Mission, a local non-profit committed to empowering communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa.
This event is the second house concert that Little Big Town has performed for Blood:Water Mission, drawing an impressive crowd on both occasions. From government officials to sports superstars, support of Blood:Water Mission has crossed multiple societal thresholds. This year’s guest list included Governor and First Lady Haslam, Titans quarterback Jake Locker, author John Acuff, EPSN College Football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, and Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney with his wife Tiffany Fallon Rooney, to name a few.
The evening began with the story of how Jars of Clay and Jena Nardella formed Blood:Water Mission with just $1,000, the goal of the event being to raise 100 times that amount. With this goal in mind, the attendees contributed a total of over $115,000 to be used for Blood:Water Mission’s HIV/AIDS and water projects throughout subsaharan Africa.
Photo(L-R): Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Governor Bill Haslam, Wife Crissy Haslam, Phillip Sweet, Karen Fairchild
About Little Big Town- Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet formed Little Big Town in 1998. Most well known for their songs “Pontoon” and “Tornado,” the group has been nominated for numerous awards since 2006. In 2012, the group was named CMA Vocal Group of the Year and gained a Single of the Year award for “Pontoon.” The group continued to impress in 2013, becoming the ACM Top Vocal Group and earning Music Video of the Year for “Tornado.” This year, the group also won a Grammy Award for the Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the song, “Pontoon.”
For more information on Blood:Water Mission please visit www.bloodwatermission.com.