Big & Rich receive humanitarian honor
Friday, March 1, 2013
– Big & Rich received Country Radio Seminar's 2013 Artist Humanitarian Award this week. Big & Rich's charitable endeavors date back more than a decade.
P>The duo's humanitarian efforts have ranged from visiting individual patients in hospitals, to staging benefit concerts for the Country Music Hall of Fame and the 173rd Airborne Memorial to their well-documented international outreach helping underprivileged children and families in struggling countries like Uganda, Sudan, Haiti and Kenya, among others.
"The only way to do this is by having a great career; thanks to everyone in this room for that," said John Rich of being recognized.
Big Kenny Alphin said, "I am blessed, and I am humbled. I am thankful that I have been able to help in some small ways. Every little act of kindness everyone does, makes our world another step closer to a brighter tomorrow we're thankful to our great creator and all that are here today."
St. Jude Children's Hospital, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the 173rd Airborne Memorial Fund, Project Clean Water, Nashville's Mt. View elementary school, the Special Olympics, Vanderbilt Hospital, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Nashville Symphony are among the charities Big & Rich has helped.
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