Randy Owen poses with St. Jude patients

Country music artists and radio station professionals unite to celebrate 15 years of supporting St. Jude

Representatives from more than 200 country music radio stations will join some of country music’s biggest names Jan. 15-17 to celebrate the 15th year of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids at the program’s annual radio training seminar.

The event, sponsored in part by United Service Association For Health Care, is the second-largest gathering of country music industry professionals in the nation and the official kick-off to the busiest season of radiothons benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Lonestar, Keith Urban, Clay Walker, Sherrié Austin, Chely Wright and Randy Owen of the GRAMMY® Award-winning group ALABAMA are among the celebrities who are scheduled to visit the patients at St. Jude, the world’s premier center dedicated to the research and treatment of catastrophic childhood diseases.

During the weekend seminar, country music artists and radio station personnel have the opportunity to tour the hospital, meet patients and attend informative sessions on planning successful radiothons. Terre Thomas, daughter of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, will also be addressing the seminar attendees to show her support for the Country Cares program.

Through the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids fund-raising program, country music fans have pledged more than $200 million to St. Jude since the program began in 1989. All segments of the country music industry – radio stations, artists, record labels, artist managers and songwriters – participate in the Country Cares program throughout the year. More than 100 country artists have given their names and time to the program through recorded appeals, visits to the children at the hospital or call-ins to radiothons. Some of these stars include Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, The Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire and Clint Black.

Country Cares co-founder Randy Owen credits the country music industry for the success of the radio training seminar and the fund-raising program itself. “It’s a really unique situation. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen in the entertainment business – to have so many people get involved in a common cause,” he said.
The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids training seminar is supported, in part, by a family of sponsors which includes presenting sponsor, United Service Association For Health Care, and event and in-kind sponsors Back Yard Burgers and Central Imaging and Printing. 
For updates throughout the weekend about the seminar, please visit www.countrycares.org.


January 2004