Dierks Bentley, CMT One Country Expand Miles & Music for Kids Events

CMT One Country is joining forces with Dierks Bentley and the Children’s Miracle Network to expand his Miles & Music for Kids fundraiser to six additional cities in 2009 and 2010. More than $500,000 has been raised since Bentley began the charity event in 2006 in Nashville as a motorcycle ride and concert. This year’s kick-off event will be held Oct. 11 at Nashville’s Riverfront Park and will once again benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Dates will be announced later for the other markets: Phoenix, Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and Bentley’s hometown, Phoenix. The events in each city will follow the same formula established in Nashville with a motorcycle ride starting at a local dealership and following a specific route that ends at a concert venue for a concert featuring Bentley and his friends. Previous concerts in Nashville have featured Tim McGraw, John Rich, Jason Aldean, Jamey Johnson and Jeff Foxworthy. The Children’s Miracle Network is an international nonprofit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals. CMT One Country, CMT’s pro-social initiative, was launched in 2005 to promote civic participation and inspire CMT viewers to take action and bring about important change in their communities.