NASHVILLE -- May 19, 2011 -- After first joining forces in 2009, CMT ONE COUNTRY and country superstar Dierks Bentley are once again pairing with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® to bring his annual "Miles & Music For Kids" fundraiser nationwide. With five events together under their belt and three planned in 2011, "Miles & Music For Kids" heads to Columbus, Ohio this weekend on Sunday, May 22 with Joe Nichols, Uncle Kracker, Josh Thompson and Miss Willie Brown, CMT's Adam Black will emcee. Events in Chicago, Ill. and Nashville, Tenn. will be held later this year with proceeds being donated to the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in each area. Since 2006, Bentley's "Miles & Music For Kids" has raised more than $1.5 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds for 170 children's hospitals.
As part of CMT's involvement, "Miles & Music For Kids" and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals will be promoted on all of its media channels -- on-air, online at CMTONECOUNTRY.com and CMT.com and via radio. CMT talent will be on-site at each event to serve as emcee.
Each "Miles & Music For Kids" fundraiser event begins with a motorcycle ride that starts at a local Harley dealership and continues through city landmarks before ending at a local venue for a live "jam session" with notable music guests in a festival type setting for all ages. Over the past five years, Bentley has had the help of over 6,000 bikers and 30,000 fans in five different cities come out to support the cause.
Bentley's "Miles & Music For Kids" began in 2006 in Nashville as a motorcycle ride and concert event benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Past events have included performances and appearances by Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, NASCAR's Kyle Petty, Darius Rucker, Wynonna, Michelle Branch, Jamey Johnson, John Rich, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Jeff Foxworthy, Laura Bell Bundy, Montgomery Gentry, Jerrod Neimann, Jack Ingram, Josh Thompson, Shooter Jennings, Big Kenny, Heidi Newfield, Del McCoury, Randy Rogers Band, Jessi Colter, Eli Young Band, the Warren Brothers and more.