Inaugural April Fool’s Benefit Raises $30k for Music Health Alliance

Pictured (L-R): Phil Barton, Liz Rose (front), Wynn Varble (back), Roxie Dean, Tatum Hauck-Allsep (Music Health Alliance Founder), Rivers Rutherford, Sandy Knox, Richard Leigh, and Peter Cooper. Photo: Beth Gwinn

Pictured (L-R): Phil Barton, Liz Rose (front), Wynn Varble (back), Roxie Dean, Tatum Hauck-Allsep (Music Health Alliance Founder), Rivers Rutherford, Sandy Knox, Richard Leigh, and Peter Cooper. Photo: Beth Gwinn

The inaugural First And The Worst event was held last week (April 1) at 3rd and Lindsley, raising over $30,000 to benefit the Music Health Alliance.

The show featured hit songwriters performing the first and the worst songs they ever wrote. Hit songwriters participating included Rivers Rutherford, Richard Leigh, Liz Rose, Phil Barton, Roxie Dean, and Wynn Varble.

Hosted by music critic Peter Cooper, the evening included a silent auction and awarded a songwriter for penning one of the worst hit songs ever written. The inaugural CRAPPY award went to Varble for his song, “Jackass.”

The non-profit organization assists songwriters, artists and music industry professionals in finding affordable health solutions and financial resources at every stage of their career. In two years, they have saved over $5.5 million dollars in insurance premiums, reduction of medical bills, and prescription savings.

Pictured (L-R): Wynn Varble, Rivers Rutherford, Roxie Dean, Richard Leigh, Phil Barton, Liz Rose, and Peter Cooper. Photo: Beth Gwinn

Pictured (L-R): Wynn Varble, Rivers Rutherford, Roxie Dean, Richard Leigh, Phil Barton, Liz Rose, and Peter Cooper. Photo: Beth Gwinn

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