MusicRow extends condolences to PLA Publicist Carly Caramanna on the passing of her father. Her family’s home and business, located on one of New Jersey’s barrier islands, suffered a complete loss during Hurricane Sandy. Her father died of a heart attack on Saturday at the age of 52. She is with her family and is on extended leave from work. To donate to her family’s relief fund, go to the PLA website and use PayPal (note “for Carly” with the donation), or contact Pam Lewis at [email protected] or (615) 327-0100.
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Ronnie Milsap headlined Rock the Cradle, a benefit for the Baptist Hospital NICU, on Oct. 23. Presented by the ACM, the show at Loveless Barn featured a performance by songwriter Leslie Satcher, and Allison DeMarcus as emcee.
Rock the Cradle has generated more than $400,000 in proceeds over the past three years for the Beaman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Rock the Cradle is organized by a committee of music industry, business and community leaders and led by event co-chairs Connie Bradley and Troy Tomlinson.
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Operation Finally Home has joined forces with LP Building Products, Kix Brooks and American Country Countdown to build six homes for deserving veterans across the country over the next two years. The first home will be built in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2013 for wounded Ft. Campbell soldier Army Cpl. Christopher Bales. The Bales home build is scheduled to begin in January 2013 with a projected completion date in January 2014. More at FinallyHomeUSA.com.
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Danny Gokey has tapped fellow singing competition stars Kris Allen (Idol) and Jamar Rogers (The Voice) for the 3rd Annual Cruise for Sophia’s Heart Foundation, setting sail from Port Canaveral, Florida on Feb. 24, 2013. All guests on the four-day Bahamas Cruise will enjoy concerts, meet & greets, silent and live auctions, dinners and more the artists. Sophia’s Heart supports compassion programs in Nashville that benefit homeless children, families and victims rescued from human trafficking. www.sophiasheart.org