Urban Assisted by Chesney at Charity Event

Keith Urban was joined by Kenny Chesney, pop singer-songwriter Richard Marx and several other friends Saturday (Oct. 4) to raise more than $100,000 for meningitis research at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville. Urban hosted the second annual Max It Out benefit, an event named for Max Royka, his friend’s 3-year-old son who contracted bacterial meningitis as an infant. The fundraiser also featured performances by Wynonna, Lee Ann Womack and Radney Foster. Explaining her involvement, Wynonna told CMT News, “Fame is good for a good seat in a restaurant and being heard, and unfortunately sometimes we need to use that fame to get people’s attention. So I’ll do anything. Use me. I’ll march. I’ll do whatever. I’m pretty blessed. I have two very healthy kids, so anytime I can do anything for children, I’m there.” Crediting his friend, Chesney said, “Keith Urban has really gotten big time involved in it, and he’s to be praised for that. I’m just proud to be here and be a small part of it.” Urban noted, “This is a quantum leap from where we were last year. We were in a little barn last year and this year we’ve got a much bigger venue and a lot more artists. We’re very grateful.” 10/06/03