L to R: Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, John Esposito (President & CEO, WMN), Big Kenny Alphin, Bill Mayne (Executive Director, CRB), John Rich, Joe Don Rooney, Tim Roberts (PD, WYCD in Detroit)
Country’s rockin’ duo, Big & Rich, were awarded CRS’ 2013 Artist Humanitarian Award at Country Radio Seminar last week. Big & Rich’s charitable endeavors date back more than a decade. Their humanitarian efforts have ranged from visiting individual patients in hospitals, to staging benefit concerts for the Country Music Hall of Fame and the 173rd Airborne Memorial, to their well-documented U.S. and international outreach. The duo has made a point throughout their career to help underprivileged children and families in struggling countries like Uganda, Sudan, Haiti and Kenya, among others.
“The only way to do this is by having a great career; thanks to everyone in this room for that,” said John Rich of being recognized. Upon receiving the award, Big Kenny Alphin also noted, “I am blessed and I am humbled. I am thankful that I have been able to help in some small ways. Every little act of kindness everyone does, makes our world another step closer to a brighter tomorrow we’re thankful to our great creator and all that are here today.”
St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the 173rd Airborne Memorial Fund, Project Clean Water, Nashville’s Mt. View elementary school, the Special Olympics, Vanderbilt Hospital, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Nashville Symphony are just a few of the causes the chart-topping, Grammy-nominated duo have donated their charitable efforts to.
To view a sizzle reel of some of their humanitarian efforts, check out the video below: