Country Cares for St. Jude Kids
Country Cares for St. Jude Kids is one of the most successful radio fundraising events in America. Since the program began in 1989, nearly 200 radio stations across the country have participated and raised $550 million in pledges for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Star supporters include Randy Owen, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, Darius Rucker, Jake Owen, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, John Rich and more.
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Townsquare Media and Taste of Country join the St. Jude fight
Townsquare Media’s country radio and digital divisions partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for a recent fundraising drive that raised $1.4 million over the course of two days. For the third straight year, Taste of Country joined 16 Townsquare Media radio stations to help raise money for St. Jude. This two-day event on March 3-4, combined radiothons and a Taste of Country webathon. Trace Adkins, Justin Moore, Charles Kelley and more country stars shared their own St. Jude stories with Taste of Country readers over those two days, and Townsquare’s vast network of country radio stations all over the United States joined together for more than 26 hours of radio programming.
St. Jude and iHeartMedia use the power of radio to raise more than $80 million in the last decade
iHeartMedia and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have partnered for more than 30 years, together generating more than $80 million in the past decade to treat St. Jude patients by relying on the power of radio and the generosity of local listeners. And recently iHeartMedia helped raise $3.8 million for St. Jude during the company's annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon on Feb. 25-26 – an event supported by 38 iHeartMedia cities and The Bobby Bones Show, the nationally syndicated award-winning country morning show, in 22 of the participating markets. Throughout the year, The Bobby Bones Show supports additional St. Jude programs, and many iHeartMedia stations around the country also fundraise for the hospital on different dates. “St. Jude is country music's charity of choice," said Bones. "I've been there. I know the money our fans donate is put to good use."
Grand Ole Opry celebrates Country Cares
The Grand Ole Opry® celebrated Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® during a special show on September 15. 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 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.
A portion of the proceeds from tickets sold for the show will be donated to St. Jude as part of the Opry’s September “Cause For Applause”.
KSJ rides for St. Jude
Mobile’s 95 KSJ just completed their 14th Kruise for St. Jude motorcycle ride. KSJ Program Director Bill Black and 225 riders raised more than $18,000 for St. Jude. Country artists Eric Paslay and A Thousand Horses provided entertainment for the riders.
San Diego radio hosts support St. Jude
San Diego hosts John and Tammy extended the fun of No Shave November during their St. Jude radiothon when a sponsor offered to donate $15,000 to St. Jude if Tammy would shave her head and John would spin the "Wheel of Hair," giving him a mohawk and a Fu Manchu. The station raised more than $250,000 at their December radio event.
Bobby Bones Show raises $150,000 for St. Jude
The Bobby Bones Show raised more than $150,000 in honor of co-host Amy's mother who recently passed away from cancer. The donation was presented to St. Jude last week after listeners responded to Amy's request to make donations to the hospital in lieu of flowers or other contributions to her mother’s funeral. In one week, listeners of The Bobby Bones Show, along with artists such as Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town and Lindsay Ell raised the money. Hosts of the show made a trip to St. Jude to present the check, tour the facility and decorate cupcakes with patients.
CMA co-hosts meet St. Jude patient
Co-hosts of the 48th Annual CMA Awards, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, visited with St. Jude patient Harper (pictured right) at the Radio Row CMA press conference on Sunday, November 2 at the Music City Center in Nashville.