As part of Gaylord Opryland Resort’s 38th annual A Country Christmas event, Universal Music Group Nashville is hosting Parade of Trees, a display where their world-renowned artists have come together to showcase Christmas trees decorated by Grand Ole Opry members Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Keith Urban and Reba McEntire, along with Eric Church, George Strait, Luke Bryan and Mickey Guyton.
Along with their trees, country music’s biggest stars have each donated “Once in a Lifetime” VIP experiences (fly-aways, VIP concert experiences, exclusive merchandise and more) all to benefit First Responders Children’s Foundation. Proceeds raised will provide scholarships and mental health services to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.
The Parade of Trees is on display in the resort’s Garden Conservatory now until January 2, 2022 as a self-guided tour of the Christmas trees decorated specifically to the artist’s style or album theme, and each VIP experience will be available for bid online at www.CharityStars.com/ParadeOfTrees until January 12, 2022. Some of the themes and experiences include Carrie Underwood’s white tree celebrating her Christmas album, My Gift (Special Edition), as well as a trip to Las Vegas for her upcoming REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency; Eric Church’s two trees representing his albums Heart and Soul, colored red with an American theme and blue with a rock n’ roll theme respectively (and accompanying East and West Coast VIP Experiences); Mickey Guyton’s “Indigo” tree (and Ultimate NYC Thanksgiving VIP Experience, which includes front row Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade viewing) and Luke Bryan’s camo-themed tree (and Live In Las Vegas flyaway, including pre-show margarita toast with Luke). Other artist packages include VIP festival experiences, exclusive numbered prints, signed guitars, custom toy packages from Mattel, and more. The complete listings can be viewed at www.charitystars.com/paradeoftrees. Guests visiting Opryland can scan QR codes at each tree location to donate and gain access to win the designated artist’s VIP prize package, and fans can also bid on the sweepstakes online.
ABOUT GAYLORD OPRYLAND Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, located at 2800 Opryland Drive in Nashville, Tenn., is the flagship property of Gaylord Hotels, part of the Marriott portfolio of brands. The 2,888-room hotel offers “everything in one place” – SoundWaves upscale indoor/outdoor water attraction, diverse dining options, a full-service spa, top-notch special events and entertainment, on-site shopping, an award-winning golf course, and more. For more information, visit www.GaylordOpryland.com
ABOUT FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION First Responders Children’s Foundation supports the children and families of first responder heroes who risk their lives every day in service to our communities. The Foundation was established in the aftermath of 9/11 when over 800 children lost a first responder parent in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Now, twenty years later, they continue to provide financial support to children who have lost a first responder parent in the line of duty, as families enduring significant financial hardship due to tragic circumstances including injury in the line of duty. During the COVID-19 pandemic, First Responders Children’s Foundation launched the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund that impacted 530,000 children and 232,000 first responder families, including nurses, medical personnel and su pport staff in the Foundations response. When a first responder is killed or injured in the line of duty, First Responders Children’s Foundation ensures that their children and families receive the support they need, including financial and bereavement assistance, scholarship funding, mental health services and more. Funds from the Parade of Trees holiday program will be allocated to two core First Responder Children’s Foundation areas of focus in need of funding: Scholarship Program: Providing college scholarships to the children of first responder heroes who lost their lives and made the ultimate sacrifice. Mental and Behavioral Health Program: Providing funding in response to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder occurring at alarming rates amongst first responders and sadly, their children.
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