Country group and friends team up to fight cancer



The award-winning country music group Lonestar made some spare time for one of its favorite charities and rolled out a bowling party at the Hermitage Lanes in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 5. Lonestar & Friends Strike Out for the Kids raised big bucks and awareness for St. Jude as fans watched their favorite stars roll strikes, spares and gutter balls.

At the party, country music artists hosted bowling lanes, and fans entered a drawing for a chance to bowl with an artist. In addition, a silent auction was held throughout the evening featuring items from some of country music's biggest stars, including custom-made bowling shirts worn and autographed by each attending celebrity. In all, the event raised $21,700 for St. Jude.

Lonestar's event helped kick off the Country Music Association Music Festival and brought in a host of big names, including Alvarado Road Show, Amy Dalley, Blue County, Bobby Pinson, Brad Cotter, Brice Long, Bryan White, Buddy Jewell, Carrie Underwood, Catherine Britt, Chris Young, Hometown News, Jake Owen, Ira Dean and Keith Burns from Trick Pony, Jimmy Olander of Diamond Rio, Jimmy Wayne, Josh Gracin, Keith Horne of Hot Apple Pie, Linda Davis, Michael Peterson, Pinmonkey, Rhett Akins, Victoria Shaw as well as Albert Haynesworth from the Tennessee Titans.

"We've had the honor and privilege of supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital over the course of our career -- whether through visiting the kids at the hospital, attending a St. Jude radiothon or hosting a bowling bash," said Richie McDonald of Lonestar. "We'd like to thank all fans, artists and celebrities who came to the event to support St. Jude. It was a blast, and we're already planning for next year."

June 2006