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Chesney expands sunglasses deal

Friday, May 25, 2012 – Kenny Chesney announced he's expanding his partnership with Costa with five new limited edition sunglasses. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Coastal Conservation Association (CCA).

The partnership, which debuted in 2011 on Chesney's 'Goin' Coastal' concert tour, has raised more than $50,000 for CCA to date.

The five new Kenny Chesney Costa styles include Hammerhead, Caballito, Switchfoot, Hammock and Maya, and will retail from $129 to $199. Each style will feature Kenny Chesney's signature and his palm tree logo inside the frame, and will come in a variety of unique color combinations, including tortoise/light green, black/white and clear/light blue. The sunglasses will be available for purchase at authorized Costa retail outlets and online at in late May.

Five percent of the sales from this year's limited edition sunglasses will benefit CCA's ongoing marine conservation efforts. The organizatioin has helped fund habitat restoration initiatives throughout the Gulf of Mexico and south Atlantic, including a $500,000 project for Independence Island in Louisiana. The group also secured more than $400,000 in Texas reefing projects, reef creation in Alabama's Bon Secour Bay, and oyster restoration efforts in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Maryland.

"The partnership with Costa Sunglasses and the Coastal Conservation Association is a natural extension of who I am and what I believe in," said Chesney. "We live the coastal lifestyle - it's part of who we are. It's up to us to help protect and preserve the oceans and beaches for future generations."

Costa also announced its title sponsorship of Chesney's online radio station, No Shoes Radio ( The free station offers listeners a glimpse into Chesney's personal music playlist, with songs from artists ranging from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to George Jones to Police. No Shoes Radio will broadcast live from various Costa retail outlets throughout the Brothers of the Sun Tour, with Chesney and Tim McGraw, this summer.

The tour kicks off in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday, June 2.

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