Sophie Shines Benefit Concert, More Charity News

Sophie Shines
A slew of top singers will take turns at the mic on Mon., June 25 backed by Tim Akers & the Smoking Section, a funk band comprised of leading session musicians. Set to perform at the Sophie Shines benefit are Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Larry Carlton, Melinda Doolittle, Mandisa, Mike Eldred, Etta Britt, Chris Rodriguez, Annie Sellick & Pat Bergeson, Michael Londra and Lisa Cochran. Proceeds will go to Sophia Salveson, the 19-year-old daughter of music community members Marabeth Quin and Paul Salveson, who suffered a severe stroke in March. The concert is at 6 p.m. on June 25 at 3rd & Lindsley. Visit to buy tickets or make donations.

Craig Morgan Charity Weekend
Craig Morgan’s 6th annual charity weekend takes place Aug. 11-12 in his hometown of Dickson, Tenn. The event kicks off Sat., Aug. 11 with a motocross exhibition, group trail ride and lunch. Later that night, Morgan and friends will perform an acoustic concert at Dickson Middle School. The popular Sporting Clay Shoot will return the morning of Aug. 12 at Nashville Gun Club. Proceeds benefit the Craig Morgan Charity Fund, a component of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which is working to establish Billy’s Place for foster children in Dickson County and Middle Tennessee. Tickets are on sale at as well as all TriStar Bank locations in Dickson.

McGraw Hosts Celeb Clay Shootout
The inaugural Celebrity Sporting Clay Shootout, presented by DeltaSports.TV as one of the events surrounding CMA Music Festival (6/5) raised over $65,000 for the Tug McGraw Foundation. For the event at Nashville Gun Club Tim McGraw was joined by Keith Anderson, Luke Bryan, Craig Campbell, Mike Fisher, Troy Gentry, Brantley Gilbert, Josh Gracin, JT Hodges, Steve Holy, Jeff McMahon, Eddie Montgomery, Jon Pardi, Josh Thompson, Brad Warren, Brett Warren and numerous world-class sporting clay professionals. The Tug McGraw Foundation works to improve the lives of military service members who have been affected by Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Steel Magnolia Boosts Second Harvest
Steel Magnolia is headlining a benefit show at the Hard Rock Nashville’s Reverb Room on June 22. Admission for the all ages 8 p.m. show is two non-perishable food items.The duo will also work the front lines of Second Harvest’s Mobile Food Pantry that morning at Una Christ Church. They will promote the events, which are part of their “Speak Out Against Hunger” campaign, with a performance on Fox-17’s TN Morning on June 20.

Willie Hitting The Links
The first annual Willie Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament will be Sat., June 30 at Pedernales Cut N Putt Golf Club. Proceeds will go to the Pedernales Fire Department, the Helping Hands Crisis Ministry, the Children’s Music Foundation and the RunTex Foundation. Entertainment will include live music from Sonny Throckmorton plus more special guests. Details at

Kristofferson Aids UFW
The Kris Kristofferson & Friends Concert Series, June 15-22, will benefit the United Farm Workers (UFW) in celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary. Kristofferson will perform with renowned Latin artists for the series of dates in California.


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