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Lady A gets set for ping pong and song

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – Lady Antebellum set the date for their inaugural Ping Pong & Songs fundraising event for March 23 in Nashville.

Inspired by a combination of the band's favorite backstage hobby and their love of songwriting, the event includes a celebrity ping pong tournament and an in-the-round style songwriters' night, both benefiting the group's newly created charitable initiative LadyAID. Tickets for both portions of the event go on sale this Friday, Feb. 15 at 22 a.m. Eastern through LadyAID.org.

"This is really a dream day for us...getting friends and fans together to play ping pong, play music and raise money for LadyAID," said Dave Haywood. "Charles and I...better known as 'The Dynasty'...will challenge anyone who wants to try and take us at the table. It's going to be a total blast."

With registration to the tournament, players will receive a commemorative player kit and two tickets to the finals and concert portion of the event. Individual tournament finals tickets and ticket bundles are also available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit LadyAID.

LadyAID was set up in 2012 by the trio as a philanthropic effort created to bring awareness to and generate support for children in need locally, nationally and globally. The multi-level organization reaches children acrossTennessee through grants to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. On a national level, LadyAID is supporting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and on a global level, myLIFEspeaks and The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The LadyAID Fund is a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

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