Benefits: Shelton, Dierks, Darling and More

Blake Shelton

>>The first-ever NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot, hosted by Blake Shelton, will take place on Saturday, April 2 as part of the The Week Vegas Goes Country® – the week leading up to the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot is a 13-station, 50-target sporting clays competition for 20-26 teams of five shooters—including a celebrity captain—with prizes going to the top three teams. The event will take place at Nellis Air Force Base and will include other celebrity participants to be announced. The ACM Awards will be produced for television by dick clark productions and broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Shelton will also co-host the Awards alongside Reba.

>>TG Sheppard, Kelly Lang, and Barry Gibb teamed up for a special concert at the annual Love Hope Ball in Miami, Fla. recently, to benefit Diabetes.

Sheppard, Lang and Gibb

Dierks Bentley

>>Dierks Bentley’s Miles and Music for Kids charity motorcycle ride and concert will kick off this year in Columbus, OH on May 22. Over the series’ five-year history, Bentley has raised over $1.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and plans to donate this event’s proceeds to Columbus’ Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The ride ends with a concert featuring Bentley and special guests Joe Nichols, Josh Thompson, Uncle Kracker and Miss Willie Brown. Tickets for the family-friendly event go on sale Fri., March 18 at 10:00A ET through Ticketmaster. www.dierks.com

>>The Colon Cancer Alliance’s 3rd Annual “Stars Go Blue” Benefit Concert is set for March 16 at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The event benefits the Blue Note Fund, which provides financial support for colon cancer patients. The theme of this year’s show is “Couples in Country Music.” Visit www.thestarsgoblue.com for details. Participating artists include: Josh Turner with his wife and band member, JenniferLinda Davis with her husband singer/songwriter, Lang ScottCharlie Kelley, “Stars Go Blue” creator,  with his wife, GAC personality Nan KelleyPaul Martin with his wife, JamieStorme Warren with his wife, Allison to host.

>>Sarah Darling recently performed during CARE’s Conference and International Women’s Day Celebration in Washington, D.C., where more than a thousand advocates voiced their support for critical funding and programs to improve the lives of marginalized women and girls around the globe. The celebration kicked off on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, with a special concert that featured Darling along with India.Arie, Michael Franti and Crystal Bowersox. Darling’s appearance was tied to her involvement with Join My Village, a new approach to fighting global poverty through empowerment of women and girls sponsored by CARE, General Mills and Merck.

Photo courtesy of CARE From Left to Right: Performers Sarah Darling, India.Arie, Michael Franti, Crystal Bowersox and Idan Raichel.

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