Sometimes press releases are boring – sometimes they’re fun – and sometimes, ,they just warm your little old heart. Volunteers who take the time to do things to help others jsut makes you feel good. Last night, Unicoi County held their annual Relay For Life to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. And on July 11, Little Big Town took to the streets with their fourth annual Ride For A Cure motorcycle ride. The press release below will give you all the details – and let you know some of the people who helped this year by being part of the pre-ride show, or donating personal items to sell at the fundraising auction.
Little Big Town raised over $55,000 for the T.J. Martell Foundation at their 4th annual Ride For A Cure event held Sunday, July 11. The event, which included a motorcycle ride from the Tin Roof in Nashville to the Harley-Davidson Superstore in Columbia, TN, featured pre-ride performances by Brett Eldredge, Randy Montana and Cali Rodi and post-ride performances by Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson, and The Band Perry.
“We are thrilled with the turn out for this year’s Ride for the Cure,” exclaimed Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild. “It was our biggest ride yet! The T.J. Martell Foundation is close to all of our hearts and we are so lucky to be able to support such an amazing cause so we can find a cure.”
In addition to the ride and performances, the band held an auction which included items donated by country music artists such as Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, Jamey Johnson, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church and many others. Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman and her husband personally donated their Tennessee Titan’s season football tickets to the highest bidder to attend a game this fall. Hand written and autographed lyrics to Little Big Town’s current single “Little White Church” was also auctioned off.
Proceeds from Ride For A Cure locally supports cancer research at the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The T.J. Martell Foundation supports leukemia, cancer and AIDS research at eight top hospitals in the United States. The Frances Williams Preston Laboratories were named after Frances Preston, past President and CEO of BMI and past President of the national T.J. Martell Foundation.
Hope you all enjoy your weekend!