Over the weekend, approximately 800 country music radio and recording industry professionals came together with country artists for the twenty-sixth annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids seminar. The event took place in Memphis at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and focused on raising awareness and funds for the patients at the renowned facility.
On hand was MCA Nashville recording artist, Sam Hunt, who was happy to take some time to give back to such a wonderful organization.
There are some really special people here. 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.
Also joining Hunt for the weekend were Seth Alley, Kelsea Ballerini, Craig Wayne Boyd, Chase Bryant, Mickey Guyton, Jackie Lee, Steven Lee Olsen, Mo Pitney, Native Run, and more. More veteran artists also attended the seminar, including The Band Perry, Craig Campbell, Gloriana, and Randy Owen.
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.