CMT ARTISTS' CHARITIES
CMT One Country celebrates giving back to the community through acts of great kindness, civic participation and volunteerism. In this spirit, we are donating $5,000 to the winners in each category of the 2008 CMT Music Awards for the charity of their choice. Your votes demonstrate the power of one. See the complete list of winners and their charities and thank you for supporting these worthy causes.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay.
MusiCares provides financial assistance, confidential resources and a safety net of services to music people in times of need. We offer support for a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, treating each situation with integrity and confidentiality.
The American Liver Foundation (ALF) is the nation's leading nonprofit organization promoting liver health and disease prevention. ALF provides research, education and advocacy for those affected by liver-related diseases, including hepatitis.
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), is the world leader in information about food allergy, a condition that afflicts approximately 12 million Americans, or one out of every 25, and is rapidly increasing in prevalence. FAAN is dedicated to increasing public awareness of food allergy and to advancing research on behalf of all those affected by it.
Thistle Farms is a non-profit bath and body care business run by the women of Magdalene, a residential community for women who have survived lives of prostitution, violence and abuse. During their two-year stay, at no cost to the women, we provide for their medical care, therapy, housing, education and job training through Thistle Farms.
TurtleWill is dedicated to the improvement of the lives of traditional peoples in Ethiopia, Mali and Niger in a manner that is consistent with their traditions and cultures, through locally driven projects that maintain choice. These remote areas are often ignored by their own governments; and are reached by the world's major humanitarian organizations only in times of national catastrophes.
The Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation exists to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair. It is our goal to recognize the human potential in those affected by poverty and homelessness by offering assistance in establishing partnerships that provide for permanent, affordable housing while supporting social services and job training programs.
The Nashville Humane Association is committed to: promoting humane treatment of animals, finding good homes for stray or abandoned dogs and cats, educating the public about their responsibility to help control the pet population, and providing treatment and care to ensure the well being of animals in our community.
The goal of the AARP Foundation Grandparenting Program is to ensure that grandparents and grandchildren have access to resources that strengthen their health, finances and family connections.
Brad Paisley - Target House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Comedy Video of the Year
Providing a safe haven where families can find comfort and companionship, Target House provides free, fully equipped two-bedroom apartments for patients receiving treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for 90 days or more.
Rodney Carrington - Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation (PKD Foundation)
Supporting Character of the Year
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is one of the most common, life-threatening genetic diseases. It affects more people than Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and sickle cell anemia combined. While there is no cure, there is hope! The PKD Foundation leads the fight through research funding, patient education and support.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
Rascal Flatts - Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Group Video of the Year
Living by the principle of "family-centered care," Children's Hospital provides top-level care while including the family as an essential element of a child's treatment plan. The hospital also serves as teaching facility to train many of the future's top pediatric physicians, and research conducted here is helping to shape the way the nation cares for children.