Country in the Rockies Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins added a pop touch to this year’s Country in the Rockies event held recently at Club Med in Crested Butte, Colo. Since it began combining skiing and music in 1994, Country in the Rockies has raised more than $90 million to support the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at Nashville’s Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Named for the Nashville native who is president and CEO of the BMI performing rights organization, the medical facility is a division of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research. With outdoor activities such as celebrity ski races and informal indoor musical performances, the five-day event allows the charity’s supporters to mix and mingle with major country acts. Kathy Mattea, Trick Pony, Sammy Kershaw, Lorrie Morgan, Mel Tillis, Robert Earl Keen, SherriĆ© Austin, Lari White, Paul Overstreet and Gary Chapman were among those participating in this year’s activities. One of the celebrities, Charlie Daniels, had a special reason for attending the event. “I’m having a lot of fun, but that’s secondary,” he said. “I’m a cancer survivor, and what’s going on here is raising money to research cancer and hopefully eliminate it.”

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