RASCAL FLATTS donated $829,581 in proceeds from Friday night’s concert at Nashville’s Sommet Center to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The donation becomes the largest solo fund-raising event ever for the hospital for a third consecutive year, besting their 2006 donation of $817,000.
During a pre-show party, the members of Rascal Flatts- Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, presented a check to Kevin Churchwell, the CEO of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. LeVox, lead singer for the band, expressed that it was a community effort from the concert ticket buyers and also shared “know that when you leave this place tonight, you have made a difference in someone’s life.”
Also during the party, Rascal Flatts presented Children’s Hospital with a photo collage plaque commemorating their visits to the children at the hospital over the past 3 years.
Rascal Flatts would also like to thank Lyric Street Records and the William Morris Agency for their support in the donation total.
The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is a leading provider of pediatric healthcare, serving Middle Tennessee and beyond. The freestanding 222-bed children’s hospital is dedicated to high level pediatric, sub-specialty treatment and trauma care. It is located on the Vanderbilt campus, serving as the training center for many of the future’s top pediatric physicians and researchers. The research going on at Children’s hospital includes an internationally recognized center for vaccine development, genetics, autism, fetal and cardiac surgery and more. Living by the principal of “family-centered care,” Vanderbilt Children’s features Centers of Excellence for the treatment of diabetes and congenital heart disorders. Specialty programs provide everything from heart and bone marrow transplant, to level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care and level 1 Trauma Care, to treatment of child development disorders, broken bones and everything in between. For more information go to www.vanderbiltchildrens.com.