Country Comes To St. Jude For Annual Seminar
January 19, 2015 at 7:43 AM (PT)
This past weekend, nearly 800 Country radio and records industry professionals joined with Country artists for the seminar to kick off the 26th annual "COUNTRY CARES FOR ST. JUDE KIDS" program. The seminar was held in MEMPHIS, TN, and highlighted the lifesaving work of ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL.
"There are some really special people here," stated MCA NASHVILLE recording artist SAM HUNT. "I had heard a lot of good things about ST. JUDE, but coming here far exceeded anything I'd heard. Immediately, although you know that there is a huge struggle going on here with children fighting for their lives, there's a happiness here. ST. JUDE has done a great job of creating an environment that exudes happiness and joy. Country music is an extension of country culture, and it's all about family. Family is huge when someone's sick, you pull together. The Country family, while not blood, is still family, and when asked to help ST. JUDE, the family joined the fight."
Country radio and records turned out in full force from THURSDAY, JANUARY 15th through SUNDAY, JANUARY 18th. Many new artists attended the seminar for the first time also, including CHASE BRYANT, LOGAN MIZE, KELSEA BALLERINI, JACKIE LEE, SAM HUNT, MICKEY GUYTON, STEVEN LEE OLSEN, SETH ALLEY, MO PITNEY, CRAIG WAYNE BOYD, NATIVE RUN, and many more. Additionally, veteran artists were on-hand, including CRAIG CAMPBELL, RANDY OWEN, GLORIANA, THE BAND PERRY and others.
As one of the largest Country music industry gatherings in the nation, the "COUNTRY CARES FOR ST. JUDE KIDS" seminar provides ST. JUDE patients the opportunity to interact with some of their favorite Country music artists and celebrate radio and records partners in hope. Together, Country radio, records, and artists have generated national awareness and raised more than $500 million over the past 26 years to help ST. JUDE fight childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Because of "COUNTRY CARES FOR ST. JUDE KIDS" and other national fundraising programs, families with children undergoing treatment at ST. JUDE never receive a bill for medical care, travel, housing or food. For additional information about ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL, visit www.stjude.org/countrycares.