Bobby Bones and Charles Esten were honored by Musicians On Call during the sold-out A Night to Celebrate the Healing Power of Music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CMA Theater in Nashville on Oct. 10.
The organization honored On-Air Personality/MOC Board Member Bobby Bones with the Leadership in Music Golden Ukulele, and CMT’s Nashville star/MOC volunteer Charles Esten with the Music Heals Golden Ukulele. Thomas Rhett and Chris Janson also performed for the crowd of over 700 during the special evening, which raised over $150,000 for the organization’s programs in Nashville and across the country.
“I continue to be inspired every single day by people that volunteer, by people that serve for us in the military, by people that are nurses and that are first responders,” said Bones. “I am inspired every day and I feel it’s my job to inspire other people. Hopefully tonight, when you leave here, you’ll feel a bit inspired too.”
“It means everything to me to be in hospital rooms and to get to sing a song that has meaning. The doors that seem to have meant the most to me are these hospital room doors. That’s why I’m so grateful to Musicians On Call, this is literally an honor. If I can do anything it’s to point to this group and to the incredible work that they do. It’s like USO shows for people in a completely different battle,” said Esten, “I can promise you that I am the one who is blessed when that visit is over. This is a huge honor and I am grateful, but the real honor is getting to be with the patients.”
Nashville volunteers Mary Lee Bennett, Chris Swift and Laura Vance were presented with the Volunteer Guide and Volunteer Musician Golden Ukuleles by recording artist Natalie Stovall and Southwest Airlines’ Tena Griffith. Recording artist Maggie Rose also made an appearance during the celebration.
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