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Opry goes pink

Thursday, September 8, 2011 – The Grand Ole Opry is joining Women Rock For The Cure in the fight against breast cancer on Sat., Oct. 22 with its third annual "Opry Goes Pink" show.

Opry member Martina McBride, whose current single, I'm Gonna Love You Through It, offers hope to those affected by cancer, will flip the switch on the Opry's barn backdrop, turning it pink for the night. The special show will also include performances by Lauren Alania, Edens Edge, Kellie Pickler, Ronnie Milsap and others as well as activities recognizing breast cancer survivors and the continuing fight against the disease.

Beginning today, when fans order tickets to the night's 7 p.m. show, $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to Women Rock For The Cure. Tickets are available at (615) 871-OPRY and

"Opry Goes Pink" will extend this year to, which will go pink for the day on Oct. 22 and will host an online pink auction beginning Tues., Oct. 18 with all proceeds benefitting Women Rock For The Cure. Among the items to be available include one-of-a-kind Opry experiences and items autographed by artists participating in the "Opry Goes Pink" show.

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