The 5th Annual Country With Heart benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is proud to announce donations totaling 5-thousand dollars this year. The money was raised through ticket sales for the annual music event during CMA Fest week in Nashville, along with a silent auction and donations. The proceeds will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee to help in their mission of “Saving Children. Finding Cures.”
Host and organizer, hit singer/songwriter Bobby Marquez shared, “One of my fans, Petey Northrup was a St. Jude kid. He has motivated all of us to gather each year and celebrate the miracle of St. Jude’s research, while raising more for them to continue their great work. I just can’t thank everyone enough who donated their talents, their time and money for this event. We are all so fortunate. And on behalf of the sponsor, Workout Anytime24/7, we are focused on family and wellness and sharing our own blessings.”
Saturday, June 8th, country music fans and stars came together during CMA Music Fest for an evening of live entertainment and fellowship at the intimate Nashville Nightlife Theatre. Doors opened to a celebrity welcome and autographs with an array of unique silent auction items. Donations of original paintings, handmade quilts, stage clothing worn by legends of country music and rare autographed memorabilia were all up for bids.
Grand Ole Opry starCrystal Gaylehad fans on their feet as the surprise guest. Another highlight was a tribute toConnie Smithfrom her friend and fellow country music legend,Barbara Fairchildwho was joined on stage byLawrence WelkShow alum Ava Barber and emerging artist Sara Simmons for a wonderful rendition of Smith’s hit, “Once A Day.”
Riders In The Sky, T. Graham Brown, Chuck Mead, Tony Jackson, Carlton Anderson, Gary Chapman and Wade Landry filled the theatre with energy and fun for fans traveling as far as from Australia and New York to take in the show.
The funds raised at the 5th Annual Country With Heart event pair with money raised each fall at the annual Buck Creek Trail Ride to total nearly 100-thousand dollars each year over the past four years.
About Country With Heart:The annual event is presented by Workout Anytime24/7. Host and organizer, Bobby Marquez, along with the legends and new stars of country music join forces to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event is scheduled each year during CMA Music Fest week in Nashville, Tennessee.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for some of the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since we opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visitingstjude.org or following St. Jude onfacebook.com/stjudeandtwitter.com/stjude.
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About Bobby Marquez:
Bobby Marquez is an Academy of Western Artists and CMA of Texas award winner. The Bobby Marquez andRhonda Vincentduet, “For Awhile” was included in the 2019 Grammy preliminary nominations. Marquez’s songs have been recorded byGeorge Strait,Alan Jackson,Ty HerndonandJohnny Rodriguez. Bobby Marquez’s recordings have charted on the Texas, Music Row and several overseas country music charts.