Thomas Rhett and His Wife Find the Missing Piece

Benefit Raises $250,000 for Orphans

“This is what’s been missing from my life, this is what my heart has been ready for,” Lauren Akins told People about the fundraiser she recently hosted with her husband Thomas Rhett.

The benefit concert for the organization 147 Million Orphans was held Tuesday night (Oct. 4) in Nashville at the Old School. But Thomas Rhett wasn’t the only performer there. His artist friends Dierks Bentley, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, Shane McAnally, Russell Dickerson and Walker Hayes all took the stage to sing throughout the night.

As if that live music wasn’t enough, guests also enjoyed a farm-to-table dinner and s’mores and a bonfire in the Beer Garden after the show.

By the end of the night, they had raised more than $250,000, which will help provide food, water, medicine, shelter and education for those living in poverty. The group’s goal is to break the ongoing orphan crisis cycle.

“This event was spurred by Lauren’s heart and 147 Million Orphans’ heart and by how much they love those kids,” he said.

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