SUPERSTAR VOCAL GROUP RASCAL FLATTS HOSTS FOURTH-ANNUAL CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC
Nashville, TN – October 15, 2019 – Superstar vocal group Rascal Flatts, in partnership with Delta Dental of Tennessee and WME, wrapped the fourth-annual Celebrity Golf Classic yesterday with proceeds benefitting Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Taking place at the Golf Club of Tennessee, the comradery-filled event gives each team participating the special opportunity to be paired with a celebrity teammate for a day on the course where funds are raised for the cause the trio has being supporting for over a decade. This year, the vocal group were joined by celebrity friends including Vince Gill, Charles Kelley, Tracy Lawrence, LOCASH, Jimmie Allen, Joe Diffie, Eric Paslay, Jamey Johnson, Mitchell Tenpenny, Shawn Booth, D.B. Sweeney, Eric Decker, Cortland Finnegan, Scott Hamilton, Brett Hull, Rob Riggle and more.
The fun-filled event was rounded out with dinner, a silent and a live auction and intimate performance by Rascal Flatts. The trio’s spontaneous set featured impromptu collaborations with Charles Kelley, Jamey Johnson and Tyminski. This year’s sold-out event included 32 golf teams and over 350 guests in attendance for the evening show, emceed by Jessie James Decker.
As longtime supporters of Children’s Hospital, performing and visiting patients across the last ten years as well as their now annual event, Rascal Flatts has raised a total of $5,850,000 for the hospital, which renamed its Pediatric Surgery Center to The Rascal Flatts Surgery Center in 2010. All proceeds benefit research and fellowship training in the Division of Pediatric Urologic Surgery in the Section of Surgical Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“We are thrilled to be a part of an event like this,” shared Jay DeMarcus. “We only hope that we can continue to help raise money for Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital. We appreciate everyone who comes out to show their support or makes a donation to a cause that has always been so important to all of us.”
“Rascal Flatts’ continued passion for helping our patients never ceases to amaze me,” said John W. Brock III, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief of Children Hospital, Senior Vice President of Pediatric Surgical Services, Director of the Division of Urology and Monroe Carell Jr. Professor. “Jay, Gary and Joe Don are committed to our patients first and foremost. They not only support our hospital through their generous giving, but they also give of their time, always going above and beyond to brighten the days of our patients and families.”
About Rascal Flatts:
With seventeen No. One hits, over 23.4 million albums sold, 35 million digital downloads and 2.2 billion streams worldwide, time and success have only put Rascal Flatts closer to their core with expert musicianship, razor-sharp vocals and songs that have shaped lives, loves and the genre of country music itself. The trio’s Top 20 single “Back To Life” follows back-to-back chart-topping singles “Yours If You Want It” as well as “I Like The Sound Of That.” The group has also earned over 40 trophies from the ACA, ACM, AMA, CMA, People’s Choice and more, also making them the most awarded country group of the past decade. Known as one of the hottest-selling touring acts in any genre, Rascal Flatts has sold over 11 million concert tickets to date. For more information visit rascalflatts.com.
About Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt:
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals, treating and helping to prevent a full range of pediatric health issues from colds and broken bones to complex heart diseases and cancer. Achieving 10 out of 10 nationally ranked pediatric specialties in 2019, Children’s Hospital was again named among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” for the 13th consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a nonprofit organization, opened in 2004, expanded its physical space in 2012, and is currently adding four new floors and 160,000 total sq. ft. The new expansion will help advance the size and scope of the hospital’s mission. For more about Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt: ChildrensHospitalVanderbilt.org.
Photo Credit: Joe Howell
Back Row: (L-R) Delta Dental’s Phil Wenk, Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, Joe Don Rooney, Champ, WME’s Kristin Cantrell
Front Row: (L-R) Ambassadors Logan Miller, Jessica Meyer, Caroline Lantz and Levi Ray