Early in May, 2011, I went to a concert at Unicoi County High School here in Erwin, Tenn. Ty Herndon came to our little town to put on a concert for our local Chamber of Commerce. [Article and pictures from that show here.] I’ve always liked Ty’s music. This was my first opportunity to see him in concert. He definitely did not disappoint. The show was great. And Ty was so nice to his fans.
During this show, Ty talked about his song “Journey On,” which was being used as part of an ALS awareness campaign, and being played at CVS stores across the country. Yesterday, I received a press release about a fundraiser Ty took part in outside Nashville on Saturday, June 18.
Pictured l to r: Former Alabama head football coach Gene Stallings, FUNL Music artist Amber Hayes, former Alabama/Philadelphia Eagles/New England Patriots player Kevin Turner and FUNL Music artist Ty Herndon pose at the Kevin Turner Foundation ALS fundraiser event, held Saturday, June 18 in Brentwood, Tenn. Photo Credit: Christy Watkins
Country artists Ty Herndon and Amber Hayes were on hand this past weekend to help former Alabama and NFL player Kevin Turner raise just over $100,000 at a private Nashville ALS fundraiser event.
Held Saturday, June 18, at a private estate in Brentwood, Tenn., the fundraiser was attended by more than 250 people, including numerous current and former Alabama and NFL players and coaches. Herndon and FUNL Music label mate Amber Hayes performed at the event, which included two auctions featuring collectible sports memorabilia and jewelry, a cigar tent, food, drinks and appearances by current Clemson coach and former Alabama receiver Dabo Swinney and legendary Alabama coach Gene Stallings, among others. Herndon’s Grammy-nominated “Journey On” project is the official song and video of the Kevin Turner Foundation.
Turner, who played professional football for eight seasons in the ‘90s with the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, was diagnosed with ALS in May 2010. In October 2010, the Prattville, Ala., native formed the nonprofit Kevin Turner Foundation to help raise awareness and money for critical ALS research and the emerging connection between ALS and concussions. The $100,000 raised at this weekend’s event benefits the Kevin Turner Foundation.
For more information about Kevin Turner and to see the “Journey On” video, visit www.KevinTurnerFoundation.org.
I don’t know how many of you are waiting for an e-mail from me, but I do know I have a lot of them to answer. Hopefully, that will be done sometime tonight. I’ve been really busy lately, and just haven’t had time for much of anything – besides work. But I am setting some time aside tonight to get to your mail. I always look forward to hearing from each of you!
Have a great Tuesday! More later!