Community Benefits

>>Charlie Daniels, Wynonna, Montgomery Gentry and The Grascals are set to perform for Operation Yellow Ribbon at Lipscomb University March 29, 2011. Accoring to David K. Hughes, Lipscomb University Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Yellow Ribbon Program, the daylong symposium aims to “provide an informative day for those who work with veterans at universities across the country to help equip them with knowledge and expertise to make their campuses more accessible and friendly for veterans.” Lipscomb’s Yellow Ribbon Program offers eligible Post 9/11 GI Bill veterans and their family members an undergraduate degree tuition-free or a graduate degree tuition-free or at a greatly reduced tuition rate. For more information or to register visit yellowribbon.lipscomb.edu or call 615.966.5176.

Charlie Daniels (l) and Wynonna (r)

>>Employees with the Tennessee State Treasury Department donated money for Jimmy Wayne’s project Meet Me Halfway, inspired by Wayne’s 1700 mile walk from Nashville to Phoenix in 2010. Wayne was on hand at the State Capitol yesterday (2/17) to accept the donation. Wayne began Project Meet Me Halfway in 2010 to raise awareness of the problems faced by children in the foster care system, particularly those who age out at 18 and without any support system, often find themselves homeless.

Pictured (l-r): Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Wayne and Tennessee Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr.

Todd Cerney

>>On Monday, February 28, Restless Heart, Steve Holy, Ty Herndon, Bo Bice and Jeff Bates will come together to headline a night of music honoring songwriter Todd Cerney, recently diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma. Cerney is a Grammy-nominated songwriter best known for his hits “I’ll Still Be Loving You” by Restless Heart, “Good Morning Beautiful” by Steve Holy, and “No Mercy” by Ty Herndon. The event will kick off with a series of songwriter rounds featuring Rivers Rutherford, Fred Knobloch, Rich Fagan, Pete Huttlinger, Lisa Carver, Wood Newton, Trevor Finlay, Doug Gill, Lynn Langham and Jim Parker, followed by performances from Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden (“Everlasting Love”), Casey Kelly and Leslie Ellis, Bill Lloyd, and Thom Shepherd & the Nashville Hit Songwriters Band. Special guest Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits will join Restless Heart onstage to sing his 1967 classic, “A Kind of a Hush.” Also reuniting especially for this fundraiser will be  The Piggys, a Nashville rock band that hasn’t played live together in more than 25 years. The Todd Cerney Benefit Concert will be held Monday, February 28 at the Red Rooster Bar & Music Hall located at 1530 Demonbreun Street. Doors open at 6 pm, and music starts at 6:30 pm.  Admission is $15 at the door, and all proceeds from the event will go toward the mounting medical bills for Cerney’s illness. Donations may be made at any time to the Friends of Todd Cerney account through Regions Bank in Nashville. Donations by check may also be made through Nashville Songwriters Association.

>>Nashville singer/songwriter Jason James suffered a near total loss of the residence he was renting recently when a two-alarm fire devastated the Green Hills home. James and the other residents got out safely with no injuries. James is a songwriter for Pacific International Music. Gift cards for personal effects, household items and clothing are needed and preferred. To make a contribution or donation, contact James’ manager Becky Lynn Street at [email protected] or 615.499.3561. For more details click here.

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