Big & Rich, Carrie Underwood Reach Out for Charity


Big & Rich photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Aug. 28, 2009 — Big & Rich, Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill are among a multitude of country stars working to make the world a better place through charity.

They’re hardly alone — country artists are notoriously generous with their time when it comes to people in need. They’re among the acts giving a hand in support of breast cancer, in support of a parenting organization and in support of a trust fund in the name of a woman killed in an August concert disaster in Canada.

The roundup follows:

• Big & Rich played Telus Field in Edmonton Tuesday, where they joined with the city’s NHL team, the Oilers, to raise $55,000 for the Donna Moore Memorial Trust Fund, according to The Edmonton Journal. She left behind two children when heavy winds at a concert in Camrose caused a speaker to fall on her. Ten dollars from every ticket at Tuesday’s show was earmarked for the trust fund.

• Carrie Underwood is on deck to flip the switch Oct. 2 when the Grand Ole Opry goes pink for one night to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. The barn backdrop, a trademark visual element on the long-running show, will be shaded pink instead of the usual red, with $5 from each ticket sold headed to Women Rock For The Cure and to Susan G. Komen For The Cure. Terri Clark is also scheduled that night, with other artists to be announced at a later date.

• Susan G. Komen Greater Nashville will also benefit from Shoot For A Cure, an exhibition slated for Sept. 2 at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, Tenn. GAC’s Storme Warren will participate along with Brett Warren (no relation), of the Warren Brothers, and Jason Meadows, plus 2009 High School National Rodeo Champion Brody Beaver.

• Dolly Parton, Wynonna, Reba McEntire, Neal McCoy, the Grascals and Lee Greenwood are among those who’ve committed to appear on Jerry Lewis’ 44th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon. This year’s edition comes up Sept. 6-7.

• Vince Gill and his daughter, Jenny Gill, perform Saturday at Nashville’s 3rd & Lindsley, in a fundraiser for Attachment Parenting International, The Tennessean reported. Other parent-child combos on the bill include singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman ("This Kiss") with son Ernest Chapman and songwriter Gary Nicholson ("One More Last Chance") with son Luke Nicholson. Also appearing: songwriter Bob DiPiero ("You Can’t Take The Honky Tonk Out Of The Girl") with his band, the Floating Stones.