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Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts: Country Is Beneficial

Toby Keith photo courtesy of Show Dog Nashville.

A lot of people are going through hard times these days, and country music’s biggest stars are anxious to help.

Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Alison Krauss and Charlie Daniels are just a few of the artists who’ve extended themselves of late to help their neighbors get through a difficult period.

Here are a few examples of country’s acts at work in the community:

• Toby Keith appeared at the Painted Pony Ball in October, performing for 1,250 people at the Tulsa Convention Center, according to The Tulsa World. Proceeds went to the Children’s Hospital Foundation at St. Francis.

• The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Medical Center named a pediatric unit the Rascal Flatts Surgery Center on Friday. The band has donated $3 million to the hospital from several Nashville performances. See them at the dedication ceremony HERE.

• A pink Harley-Davidson that was stolen in Lexington during August turned up in Louisville when narcotics officers raided a meth lab, The Louisville Courier-Journal reported. The bike bears signatures from the likes of Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Dolly Parton and was earmarked for auction to benefit the cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

• Charlie Daniels performed in Charlotte on Oct. 12 at a Jail & Bail benefit that raised $150,000 for the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund, a program that assists women who want to become technicians in the automotive industry. The event also drew the participation of a bevy of NASCAR drivers.

• Songwriters Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Cary Barlowe and Phil O’Donnell played a fundraiser for Haiti in October at Nashville’s famed Bluebird Café. The concert raised $1,200 as a bunch of hit songs — including “American Honey,” “Gimmie That Girl,” “Rain Is A Good Thing” and “Love Remembers” — were performed by the people who wrote them.

• Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Ron Block, Viktor Krauss, Ed Bruce and Patsy & Donna Stoneman were among the acts who took part Saturday in a benefit concert for Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin, according to Cybergrass.com. Charlie is battling pancreatic cancer. Further contributions can be sent to: The Charlie Louvin Fund, P.O. Box 42, Wartrace, TN 37183.

• “Your Love Amazes Me” singer John Berry is on tap for a charity concert concert Nov. 12 in Norman Park, Ga., that will benefit Serenity House, The Moultrie Observer reports. It marks the third time John has played a show for Serenity House.

Martina McBride will soon aid Habitat For Humanity in Knoxville by dedicating the second house in a Music Row development, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel. The first house was dedicated by Brooks & Dunn in May.

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