McDaniel Benefit a Success

Country's top stars and legends helped raise nearly $24,000 for Grand Ole Opry member Mel McDaniel at a benefit show in Nashville, Aug. 13.

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Mel suffered a heart attack in June and the show, held at the Nashville Palace, was put together to help Mel and his wife Peggy with their medical bills. In all, more than 35 artists volunteered to entertain for the cause, including Little Jimmy Dickens, Ricky Skaggs and The Whites, Tommy Cash, John Conlee and Ricky Lynn Gregg. The event included a silent auction, with items featuring a guitar donated by Carrie Underwood, who hails from McDaniel's own Oklahoma hometown of Checotah. A guitar donated by George Strait scored a bid of $600.

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