The Grand Ole Opry® celebrated the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® during a special earlier this week as part of this month’s “Cause For Applause.” Performers included Martina McBride, Randy Owen, Steve Wariner, Chris Janson, Del McCoury Band, Henry Cho, Love and Theft and Bill Anderson.
During the show, photos and videos of special moments from 26 years of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® played on the Opry’s signature barn screen. Longtime Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® co-founder Randy Owen and Opry announcer Bill Cody brought three of the night’s honored guests/St. Jude patients (two year old Harper, six year old Mack, twelve year old Ally) onstage and presented them with a box of gifts on behalf of the Opry. Throughout the evening, the St. Jude patients and their families were able to sit backstage and talk to several of the night’s performers including Martina McBride, Steve Wariner, Chris Janson and Owen.
A portion of the proceeds from tickets sold for tonight’s show will be donated to Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® as part of “Country Cares,” the Opry’s “Cause For Applause” in September.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program began in 1989, after Randy Owen, lead singer of the music group Alabama, met St. Jude founder Danny Thomas. Since its inception, Country Cares has become one of the most successful radio fundraising events in the nation. Thanks to the support of generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.