Big Gifts For Good Causes

ACM, Swift Support St. Jude
ACM Lifting Lives® partnered with Entertainer of the Year, Taylor Swift, to donate $50,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Erin Spahn, Executive Director ACM Lifting Lives, was on hand at Swift’s sold-out stadium show Saturday (6/11) at Detroit’s Ford Field, where she presented Swift with a $25,000 check for St. Jude, Swift’s chosen philanthropy. Swift also came prepared with her own personal check to St. Jude for $25,000, to bring the evening’s total to $50,000. Swift has donated more than $1 million to charity in the past year alone, including more than $750,000 raised for victims of the recent tornados in the Southeast and $500,000 last year to Nashville flood relief efforts.

Erin Spahn (L), Executive Director ACM Lifting Lives, and ACM Entertainer of the Year Taylor Swift (R) present checks totaling $50,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Darryl Worley and Friends In-The-Round
Darryl Worley is hosting a series of songwriters-in-the-round events to benefit his namesake charitable foundation. In May he played in Memphis with Brett Jones, Ira Dean and Bernie Nelson, raising more than $33,000. Next, Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Jackson will host Worley, Steve Leslie, Jim “Moose” Brown and Wynn Varble on Tuesday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m.

(L-R): Brett Jones, Darryl Worley, Ira Dean, and Bernie Nelson

MCTI Makes Big Donation To Children’s Hospital
The 38th Annual Music City Tennis Invitational 2011 proudly donated more than $73,000 to the Center for Child Development at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The MCTI planning committee and friends.

GRAMMY in the Schools Supports Music Education
Nashville’s Glencliff High School hosted music industry execs for GRAMMY Career Day on May 19. The school also received a check for $5,500 and a GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award, recognizing outstanding music programs in learning institutions that are economically under-served. Both of these GRAMMY in the Schools® programs are offered with generous support from the Ford Motor Company Fund and others.

(L-R): George J. Flanigen IV (Chair of the Board of The Recording Academy® and Board member of the GRAMMY Foundation®), Vicki Mack-Lataillade (co-founder of Central South Distribution), Allen Brown (Sony Music Nashville), Shannon Sanders (two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Producer), Shawn McSpadden (executive manager Red Light Management) and David R. Sears (Senior Director, GRAMMY Foundation) at GRAMMY Career Day. Photo: Tony R. Phipps/


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