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Lady Antebellum is spearheading a global charitable initiative with five organizations in a program called LadyAID, which is designed to help children all over the world.
The trio of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood announced the program at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Monday (Dec. 3). LadyAID will reach children across the state of Tennessee through grants to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. On a worldwide scale, LadyAID is supporting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, myLIFEspeaks and the UN Refugee Agency. The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will administer and oversee the program.
The group's Charles Kelley told reporters, assembled industry executives and local dignitaries that he and his bandmates had discussed plans for such an initiative in the past few years. "One thing we have always agreed on was helping kids," he said. "There is so much need out there. We hope that we can make a great impact with this."
Hillary Scott noted that her personal visits to Haiti as well as the group's visits to St Jude's and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals inspired them to form LadyAID. "There is nothing better than giving someone a gift and seeing the joy that comes to their faces," she said. Lady Antebellum will also host a future concert in 2013 to raise funds for LadyAID, called Ping Pong & Songs, inspired by their favorite backstage hobby and their love of music. Specific details of that event will be announced soon.
Following the press conference, Steve Moore, CEO of the Country Music Association, presented the trio with the CMA International Artist Achievement Award for their global efforts and successful overseas concerts.
For more on Lady Antebellum and the group's holiday album, On This Winter's Night, pick up the Dec. 24 issue of Country Weekly, on stands Dec. 17.