Kix Brooks Receives Inaugural CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award
March 3, 2015 at 2:46 PM (PT)
The COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA) FOUNDATION presented its first-ever HUMANITARIAN AWARD to KIX BROOKS at an event in his honor LAST NIGHT (3/2).
Longtime friend and collaborator REBA MCENTIRE was on hand to present the inaugural award to BROOKS at CITY WINERY in NASHVILLE. BROOKS is best known as one half of the award winning duo BROOKS & DUNN and is also a radio personality, entrepreneur, and member of the CMA Board of Directors.
"Can you imagine what it feels like to be me tonight?" quipped BROOKS during his acceptance speech. "But ultimately, it's not about me; it's about every person in this room who is putting their heart into something meaningful and something significant in their community."
Representatives from the numerous charitable partners BROOKS has worked with in recent years, including the CMA FOUNDATION, LOUISIANA TECH, MONROE HARDING CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, OPERATION FINALLY HOME, the USO, and VANDERBILT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL were all present to honor BROOKS, along with fellow CMA Board member and artist CHRIS YOUNG. It was BROOKS' leadership and vision that initially created CMA's "KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING" program, which was the forerunner of the CMA FOUNDATION. To date, the CMA FOUNDATION has donated more than $11 million in grants to support music education programs across the country.
"Thanks to his contributions in the creation of the CMA FOUNDATION and in the birth of CMA INSTRUMENTAL HEALTHCARE, as well as to the efforts he has volunteered to the other great causes represented here tonight, KIX's philanthropic endeavors will be as highly regarded as his many musical contributions," noted CMA CEO SARAH TRAHERN. "CMA is honored to be able to present our first ever CMA FOUNDATION HUMANITARIAN AWARD to KIX BROOKS."