September 8, 2006

Children’s Hospital to benefit from concert

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At their show last year, Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, left, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus, presented Jim Shmerling and Harry Jacobson, M.D., with $600,000 to benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
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Children’s Hospital to benefit from concert

Country music supergroup Rascal Flatts will perform a Sept. 22 concert at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center to benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

This is the second year in a row the hospital has benefited from the group's generosity. Last year the band and record label Lyric Street Records made the largest single donation from an event in the hospital's history when they contributed $600,000 from concert proceeds.

“The talented members of Rascal Flatts showed such dedication to our patients and their families through their donation last year, and when I heard they planned to do the same this year, I was thrilled,” said Jim Shmerling, CEO of Children's Hospital.

“Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus have put their personal time and a great deal of effort into their support of the children and families of Children's Hospital. Considering they've become even more popular and much busier with the growth of their success, that level of personal involvement right here in their own community is impressive and inspiring.”

LeVox said the group has visited the hospital to meet some of the children and their families.

“We saw firsthand what it meant to lend a hand, and are very honored to be able to do something to help again,” he said.

The Sept. 22 concert will also feature Gary Allan and Eric Church.