BP DoakLeft to Right:Neil Perry, Jocelyn Keefer, Kimbery Perry  and Reid Perry

Five hundred and ninety-six students at Doak  Elementary School in Greeneville, Tenn., knew they were helping others by raising  funds and awareness for the Greene County Relay for Life’s cancer initiatives, but they had no idea that their generosity would actually put them in front of one of the hottest trios in Country music — The Band Perry! The siblings, who are local celebrities, initially offered students an autographed photo as an incentive for their efforts, then decided making a visit  would be a better way to celebrate.

Kimberly, Neil  and Reid Perry of Republic Nashville’s The Band Perry surprised the students  last Thursday morning, rewarding them for their  dedication to the annual community fundraiser, which benefits the American Cancer Society.

Second grader  Makeelee Nelson, who had seen the band in concert but had never met the them,  was moved beyond words before finally  blurting out, "I’m so gonna  faint!"

The band perry 283The school’s  support of ACS is a way to honor the work and dedication of the late teacher  Lisa White, a cancer victim who was a long-time supporter of the Greene County  Relay for Life. Each year since White’s passing, the Doak School has held a  fundraising campaign, and last year, raised more then $34,000. This year’s goal  is $35,000 and The Band Perry’s visit and autograph session was just one of the  ways that the students and faculty of Doak School are trying to meet that  goal.

The  Grammy-nominated group said they were thrilled to be a part of this event,  especially since funds were going to the American Cancer Society.

Visiting Doak,  where her friend taught school, was very special and moving to  Kimberly.

Bnad Perry and Zombie Walk 114“Cancer is  something that has touched our lives,” Kimberly Perry said. “We had an aunt  who passed away from cancer, and Lisa White was a dear friend of ours. To honor  those ladies’ lives in this way — and to  raise some money for the American Cancer Society — is something we like being a  part of.”

The siblings enjoyed their brief stay at home in the Tennessee mountains during a moment’s  break in their busy touring and performance schedule. In addition to being part  of Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality Tour, 2012 has seen the band headlining  many of their own shows, including performances across the pond in London and  Dublin.

The band perry 288Last night, The Band Perry joined an A-list group of  performers at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville during All for the Hall, a  fundraising concert benefiting the Country  Music Hall of Fame. They will appear on  ACM Presents: Lionel  Richie and Friends – In Concert, this Friday (April 13) on CBS,  beginning at 9PM ET/PT.
GAC Nights –ACM Presents Lionel Ritchie and Friends, previewing the special, will broadcast on Wednesday (April 11) on GAC (Great American Country) at 9PM ET.

The group’s  latest single, “Postcard From Paris,” is the band’s fifth single from their Platinum-certified, self-titled, debut album.

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Left to Right:Neil Perry, Jocelyn Keefer, Kimbery Perry  and Reid Perry Five hundred and ninety-six students at Doak  Elementary School in Greeneville, Tenn., knew they were helping others by raising  funds and awareness for the Greene County Relay for Life's cancer initiatives, but they had no idea that...