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Kenny Rogers Lends a Helping Hand

Kenny set to perform concert for Nashville treatment facility.

Kenny Rogers immediately came on board when asked to headline a special concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the 16th Annual Concert for Cumberland Heights, Sept. 25. Proceeds from the concert will support the John Hiatt Fund for Adolescent Treatment at Cumberland Heights, a renowned facility in Nashville. The program is designed to help young people between the ages of 14 and 18 who are dealing with substance abuse problems.

In the Sept. 16 issue of Country Weekly, Kenny talks about his support for the program. He has identical 9-year-old twin boys and naturally has concerns when he sees alcohol and drugs glorified in the media. "All I can do is give them the proper information," Kenny says. "I tell my boys that good choices lead to good consequences." Once Kenny became more aware of the work being done by Cumberland Heights, he agreed to play the concert. "I thought the concept was great," Kenny says. "I am thrilled to be a part of this."

Kenny, who will be officially welcomed into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October, also remembers that he was fortunate to escape the dangers of drugs while growing up in Texas. "I think it's because I had music in my life, even at that point," Kenny points out. "You have to catch kids at the early stages before they take their problems into adulthood."

Read more about Kenny in the Sept. 16 issue of Country Weekly, on sale Sept. 9.

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