Ty Herndon has partnered with former NFL player Kevin Turner to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and its emerging connection to athletes exposed to repeated head trauma. Turner is a former NFL fullback with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles who was diagnosed with ALS in 2010. After meeting Herndon at an ALS benefit concert, the two discussed using Herndon’s single “Journey On” as the signature song for The Kevin Turner Foundation. Directors Flick Wiltshire and Steven Goldmann shot the song’s video, which can be seen here.
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As part of Jack Daniel’s “Toast To The Troops” program, 10,000 USO care packages will be assembled by military spouses and volunteers Friday, December 10 at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Once all the packages are completed, BNA artist and Army Veteran Craig Morgan will hold a base-wide free concert for all involved. “It has been an honor and privilege for me to perform for our military service members and their families, and the Toast to the Troops program is one way of letting them know how much we love, respect and appreciate everything they do for us,” said Morgan. “Their sacrifices, both abroad and on the home front, cannot be measured, and we all owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.” Morgan’s single “Still A Little Chicken Left On That Bone” is currently climbing the charts.
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Hit songwriters Kendell Marvell, Danny Myrick, and Bridgette Tatum will be part of a guitar pull at the Statesville, NC home of NASCAR star Ryan Newman Friday, December 10. The annual charity dinner event benefits the Ryan Newman Foundation, which encourages and educates people on responsible pet ownership as well as conservation. The following day (12/11), celebrities and pro fishermen will participate in a celebrity fishing contest.
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Santa Claus will be making a stop at John Rich’s home in honor of the student-run Vanderbilt University Dance Marathon organization, which raises funds for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. On Saturday (12/11), Joan and John Rich will host the annual Dance Marathon Party for “Miracle Families” whose lives have been touched by Children’s Hospital. The Dance Marathon is the largest student-run philanthropic organization at Vanderbilt, and Rich and his wife have pledge to match the top student fundraiser’s total up to $10,000.