For the second year in a row, country music legend Ronnie Dunn donated his time and talent to raise funds for southern Kentucky charities with the Ronnie Dunn & Friends Holiday Bash Concert, sponsored by United Country Heartland Realty and Auction, LLC; WBKO and Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation and held Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center in Bowling Green, Ky.
Joining him at this year’s event were rising country stars Brett Eldredge and Parmalee. All net proceeds were donated to selected non-profit organizations that focus on children’s education and welfare, including the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Kentucky, Boys & Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson County, Boys & Girls Club of Glasgow-Barren County, Caring for China’s Orphans, Chuck’s United Hope Foundation, Greensburg Shelter House, Hope Harbor, Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky, Kentucky Legal Aid, National Corvette Museum, Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, The Center for Courageous Kids and United Way of Southern Kentucky.
On September 30, Dunn traveled to the area and paid special visits to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Franklin-Simpson County and Glasgow-Barren County, The Center for Courageous Kids and a local United Way program. He participated in some of the organizations’ daily activities, getting to know staff members and spending one-on-one time with kids.
Watch highlights from the day by clicking here.
“The most memorable thing was meeting the kids and a lot of the recipients and people that are involved [behind the scenes],” said Dunn. “It has to mean something, or it’s not worth doing it. It’s for me as much as for anybody else.”
Last year, Dunn surprised guests at the Holiday Bash (a follow-up fundraising event to the concert) and presented a check for $75,000 from the show. The Holiday Bash 2013 will take place December 6 at the National Corvette Museum. For more information on how to purchase tickets or donate items for the charity auction, click here.
For more information on Ronnie Dunn, please visit www.ronniedunn.com.