Musician Joshua Ragsdale is suffering from CML Leukemia and is in dire need of a bone marrow donor, which most often does not require surgery on the donor. Ragsdale, a songwriter and former Lyric Street artist, has been unable to find a match in the national bone marrow registry. Blood Assurance is organizing a blood drive and bone marrow match search at Christ The King Church (Belmont Blvd.) on Mon., Nov. 2 from 9 AM-2 PM. Seeing if someone is a bone marrow match is done by swabbing the inside of the mouth. If there is a match, the donation process is usually as simple as donating plasma.
To find out details or sign-up for the drive, e-mail [email protected] with your name, phone, and if you will donate blood, test for marrow match or both.
Donations are being accepted at Joshua Ragsdale Benefit Fund, c/o Smith, Wiles, attn: Suzanne, 900 Division St, Nashville, 37203.
You can follow Josh’s story on his brother John Ragsdale’s blog.
The first annual Rivergate Studios Celebrity Rock-n-Golf Tournament will benefit Lyrics for Life, the non-profit organization that helps fight childhood cancer. Tournament players will join more than 25 music and sports celebrities including Gary Allan, 3 Doors Down, Sister Hazel, Halfway To Hazard, 38 Special, and Ira Dean on Mon., Nov. 9 at Hendersonville’s Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club. An after party/all-star jam will follow at the Gibson Guitars showcase space in Opry Mills Mall. Rivergate Studios, co-owned by Chris Henderson (3 Doors Down) and Bobby Capps (38 Special), is co-hosting the event. Sponsorships and VIP golf packages are available at www.rivergatestudios.net.
Eric Lee Beddingfield’s Rock for Recovery Benefit concert is set for Fri., Oct. 16, 7 PM at the Corner Pub Midtown parking lot. Proceeds will go to those devastated by flooding in the Southeast via the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Special guests will join Beddingfield onstage. Brad Arnold, Robert Reynolds and Dan Shafer have been added to the concert and online social network Digital Rodeo has signed on to sponsor the event, which is currently the only benefit concert happening for the victims of this disaster. The concert is set to coincide with the University of Georgia/Vanderbilt football game in Nashville the next day.
The 2nd annual Dunkin’ Donuts 5K Family Fun Run and Walk-A-Thon will be Sat., Nov. 7 at Centennial Park to benefit the music industry charity, the T.J. Martell Foundation. Former Tennessee Titan Eddie George and his family will host the event featuring performances by popular tween acts pureNRG, Madison Cain and actor/singer Luke Benward. Also every Wednesday this month is Coffee for the Cure Day at Dunkin’ Donuts. Ten percent of all coffee proceeds will be donated to the T.J. Martell Foundation. www.funrunandwalk.com
The Music City Challenge on Sat., Dec. 5 will feature top tennis professionals Marty Fish, John Isner, Bob and Mike Bryan, and America’s newest tennis sweetheart and U.S. Open quarter finalist Melanie Oudin. It benefits the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Fund via the Music City Tennis Invitational, which is supported by many in the music business. The tournament will be hosted by the Belmont Curb Event Center. www.tandsevents.com
Bluebird Benefits: Andrew Dorff, Chris Tompkins, Josh Kear, Barry Dean and guests will play the Bluebird Oct. 29 at 9 PM to benefit UCLA brain cancer research.
The 1st Amendment Center’s 11th Annual Freedom Sings show will celebrate the groundbreaking music of 1969 with performances by Beth Nielsen Chapman, A.J. Croce, Jonell Mosser, Don Henry, Jason White and a house band that includes Bill Lloyd, Danny Sullivan, Dave Pomeroy, Jen Gunderman and Craig Krampf. The show is at the Bluebird on Oct. 21, at 9 PM.
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