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Bentley headlines Arizona firefighters benefit

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – Dierks Bentley will make a special trip to his home state this month to headline the Country Cares Concert, benefiting The Granite Mountain Hotshots on July 22 at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

The New KMLE Country @ 107.9 and 92.9 KAFF Country organized the concert to raise money for the families of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives in last week's wildfires. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 12 at 1 p.m. eastern at KMLE1079.com and at Tim's Toyota Center box office.

"I want to help honor the memory of these 19 brave firefighters, to be part of the healing process for the community and to raise money for the families left behind," said Bentley. "I was and still am devastated by this tragic event in my home state. I certainly can't imagine what these families are enduring, but I do believe in the healing power of music and hope as many Arizonans as possible can come out and be part of this event."

"We hope this benefit concert gives everyone affected by this tragedy the opportunity to come together and heal," said KMLE Country @ 107.9 Program Director Tim Richards. "We want to raise as much money as possible to help the families of these amazing heroes."

Fans and community members will have the chance to purchase tickets to the concert and special VIP packages with all proceeds going to the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities who will distribute directly to the families of the 19 fallen firefighters, who left behind 51 children.

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