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Lady Antebellum Announces Creation Of LadyAID™ In Support Of Children Accross The Globe
Nashville, TN – Dec. 3, 2012 – GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum announced today their new charitable initiative called LadyAID™, a philanthropic effort created to bring awareness to and generate support for children in need locally, nationally and globally.
The multi-level organization will reach children across the state of Tennessee through grants to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbiltand St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. On a national level,LadyAID™ is supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and on a global level, myLIFEspeaks and The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The LadyAID™ Fund is a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
“The opportunity to play music on stages all around the world has given us so much happiness,” said Lady A’s Dave Haywood. “By establishing LadyAID™, we’re going to be able to put a new focus on accomplishing an off-stage goal we have as a band, which is to help children in need.”
“There are children all over the world who are suffering because they don’t have the resources to get the help they need,” added Hillary Scott. “My heart has specifically been lead to the children of Haiti. By partnering with organizations like UNHCR and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, we’ve already seen children be given access to medical care they wouldn’t otherwise have in their country. It’s so inspiring, and anything we can do to help that cause, we’re going to do.”
“We’ve witnessed firsthand what these organizations are doing to help kids and their families. I’ve been personally touched by the children’s hospital visits we’ve made around the US over the last few years,” noted Charles Kelley. “We hope that with the help of our fans, we can all combine our energy and resources to help provide some relief to these families.”
LadyAID™ will be funded by donations and fundraising efforts including the trio’s inauguralPING PONG & SONGS event. Inspired by a combination of the band’s favorite backstage hobby and their love of songwriting, the event will be held in early 2013.
The creation of LadyAID™ and all that is come from the foundation’s efforts, brings a lot of excitement to Lady Antebellum and they are looking forward to becoming a lasting foundation.
And tonight, in celebration of their Christmas album On This Winter’s Night, the
trio will create an unforgettable night of holiday music and their biggest hits at
the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. The event is being filmed for a
television special by the same name that will air on GAC this Wednesday Dec. 5th, and in more
than 45 countries around the world between now and the end of the year.
Living LIFE Beyond the Camera Lens
Read THIS SHORT POST from Sara Beth Turner, who joined myLIFEspeaks for a trip to the Neply, Haiti campus in April 2012. You will see quite a few of Sara Beth’s photos on the myLIFEspeaks website. She took time to join us and use her “eye” to help us tell they myLIFEspeaks story effectively. What we knew (and she probably expected) was that the camera was nothing more than a way to introduce her to what myLIFEspeaks is doing in Neply. She was responsible for helping us get pictures of each of the kids in our Infant Feeding Program and she even created a photo shoot for our “Gen Let” program. We look forward to sharing her pix with you in the very near future. If you’re in NYC and you need more than a photographer…contact SBT! Check out her site HERE.
A Blog Post from a family who is bringing LIFE to a CHILD in Haiti
Our lives do speak, everyday. People watch our actions, take note of how we handle difficult situations and are influenced by how we reflect God’s love….READ THEIR STORY HERE
A Blog Post from a radio host about a young girl she interviewed who used her VOICE
On Saturday, December 17, 2011, we will hear eleven year old Eliza Donahue and her journey to help adopt a sibling from Haiti. Hear how she was spiritually impacted and her family lives altered by the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010. She will share how she helped family friends Mike and Missy Wilson who soon to be adopted daughter Tia was in an orphanage the day of the earthquake…READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE
A Blog Post from Cat challenging you to Find Your VOICE
Learning is my love. Education is my passion. Books are my solace. Sometimes I feel as if I have lived a thousand lifetimes because of the places books have taken me and the characters I have met along the way. Stories speak to me. When I think of some of my most intimate comrades from my youth, not all were living, breathing companions, but the experiences and connections I had with them were not diminished by the fact that they existed solely on the page and in my imagination. Even today, my bedroom and living room are littered with tomes of every subject and genre. Literature allows the opportunity to engage in dialogue with great figures, to travel to exotic locales, and to sharpen the powers of reflection and analysis. …READ MORE HERE
A Blog Post from Carly about what is happening in her world after Haiti…
As we start counting down the days until Christmas, I have thought a lot about needs and wants. Every year I am struck by how much money and emphasis people put on “things.” I am guilty of it myself at times too, I know. But I think back to last Christmas and an encounter that I had with my friends 2 girls from Haiti who were having their first American Christmas. I was at their house and got to see all of their toys and surprises that Santa had brought them….READ MORE HERE
A Blog Post from Elizabeth after she returned from Haiti…
When I returned from Honduras in July, I wrote a blog post (Honduras Recap) to summarize my experiences and reflect on what I’d learned. I wrote that one of the most important lessons I learned was actually about myself:
“This experience reinforced the call in my life to continue living out my passion for children, my passion for human beings with disabilities, and my passion for orphans.”
Therefore, it is no surprise that when Mike Wilson, the man who would later lead the mission I took to Haiti, shared with me what he and his wife are working on, my heart started pounding out of my chest….READ MORE HERE
A Blog Post from Mike after he returned from Haiti…(Note: Mike did not go to Haiti with myLIFEspeaks or BGM, but once you read this you will realize he “Gets It” and is about living a LIFE for something BIGGER than himself.)
As I looked through pictures from several people who had just returned from Haiti, I started pondering the questions that have plagued so many of us who have been to Haiti to visit the orphans there. What is it about them that makes us long to be there with them? Why does my world back home seem so pale in comparison the time I spent there? Why do I feel so alive and vital there? How can I love these kids so much when I only just met them, when we can barely communicate, when we have so little in common?…READ MORE HERE
Our Jonathan has Down syndrome. He has impacted our lives in a way that no other single person could have. I am not even going to go into detail because I know you understand. My dear friend (and I) had a conversation about your [organization] yesterday, and all I can say is “thank you.” We are hoping to partner with you guys on a trip to Haiti….Just know that you have already spoken volumes to me. –Jamie Patrick via email
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