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The award-winning trio Rascal Flatts—Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney—were given a special honor, Friday (Oct. 29), from the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt at a ceremony at the Nashville facility. A new pediatric center will be named the Rascal Flatts Surgery Center.
Rascal Flatts has raised and donated more than $3 million for the Children's Hospital through proceeds from their annual concerts in Nashville. The donations have enabled Vanderbilt to build the new surgical center, which will include specialized radiology suites to improve treatment.
The Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt conducts more than 12,000 surgeries each year for children who suffer from various forms of cancer and other illnesses. The facility welcomes all children and families, regardless of their ability to pay.
Jay, Gary and Joe Don were given special commemorative plaques during the ceremony. After the presentation, the trio hosted a Halloween party for the children at the hospital and performed several songs.
"This place is very special. They work miracles every day," said Joe Don. "It's just amazing to look back over the years and see what this has grown into."
Gary added, "We are humbled, honored and blessed. This is definitely one of our proudest moments."