September 2, 2005

Country group’s show to benefit Children’s Hospital

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Rascal Flatts

Country group’s show to benefit Children’s Hospital

Award winning country group Rascal Flatts has announced that their first headline date at Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville on Sept. 24 will benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

“We have been so blessed since we moved to town,” said lead vocalist Gary LeVox. “The response from Nashville to this show has been tremendous and we decided we wanted to give something back to the community.”

The band recently came to Children's Hospital to volunteer and create public service announcements (PSAs) which will air on Nashville area television stations. The PSAs were filmed and recorded at the Children's Art Wall on the second floor of the hospital, with donated production from Deaton Flanagan, to stress the importance of singing to and with your children.

“We are proud to host something so special to our hearts,” said Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus. “The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt changes lives and hopefully we can, in some small way, be a part of that. It's a wonderful opportunity for us to give back just a little.”

“I am moved by Rascal Flatt's incredible generosity and commitment to our Children's Hospital,” said Jim Shmerling, CEO of Children's Hospital.

Tickets for the show are currently on sale at Gaylord's office, or through Ticketmaster at 255-9600. Special guests include Blake Shelton and Keith Anderson.