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Chris Young to Headline Virtual Great Futures Gala

The livestream concert will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee.

Written by Chris Parton
Chris Young to Headline Virtual Great Futures Gala
Chris Young; Photo credit: Matthew Berinato

Chris Young is stepping up for the young people of his home region, headlining this year’s Great Futures Gala to help kids whose lives have been upended by COVID-19.

Taking place this Friday (October 2) and benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, the virtual concert event aims to raise money for families struggling as they adapt to the new, post-coronavirus reality.

“Our young people truly need us now more than ever,” said Jennifer Wheeler Buhrman, Chief Development Officer at BGCMT. “The global pandemic has hit our families the hardest, whether it is a family without reliable internet at home that cannot access virtual schooling or an essential worker that has to decide between leaving her child at home alone or bringing home a paycheck. Our Clubs and new E-Learning Centers are a lifeline for children and teens to stay on track to graduate while we navigate this new normal.”

As an area native, the cause hits close to home for Young. He’ll lead the event with a rousing concert performance — delivered via live stream for the first time ever — but that’s not all. The night will also feature surprise celebrity appearances, plus inspiring messages from the families who Boys & Girls Clubs support.

Past celebrity guests include Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Shaquille O’Neal and Martin Short, and the event runs from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. CT (October 2). Instructions on how to participate can be found here.