The Grand Ole Opry is joining the fight against breast cancer this Friday, Oct. 2 with “Opry Goes Pink,” and it is getting some help from one of America’s favorite morning news program personalities. ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts, herself a breast cancer survivor, will be on hand as a special guest announcer for a portion of the night’s first show, introducing acts as well as the Greater Nashville Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure® 2009 Honorary Survivor of the Year Tracie Shelby to the crowd.
On each of the night’s shows, Opry superstar Carrie Underwood will take the stage to “flip the switch,” turning the Opry’s signature barn backdrop pink in support of the groups Women Rock for the Cure and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
The shows will also include performances from Underwood, Terri Clark, Jo Dee Messina, Lorrie Morgan, Mindy Smith, and others as well as special activities recognizing breast cancer survivors and the continuing fight against the disease.
When fans mention the code OPRYPINK when ordering tickets via telephone or enter the same code when purchasing tickets online, $5 from the sale of those tickets will be donated to Women Rock for the Cure and the Greater Nashville affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Or, to participate in the donation with a “Night at the Opry” package including Opry tickets and room accommodations at Gaylord Opryland Resort, fans should refer to code GPINK.
Tickets and packages may be purchased by calling (800) SEE-OPRY. Tickets are also available at www.opry.com.
About Robin Roberts
Robin Roberts is co-anchor of the Emmy Award-winning morning news program, “Good Morning America.” Her reporting routinely takes her around the globe. Prior to joining ABC News, Roberts was an anchor and reporter at ESPN. Her assignments included hosting "SportsCenter” and Women’s National Basketball Association games and specials. Roberts graduated cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University with a BA in communications. She was the third all-time leading scorer and rebounder on the school’s women's basketball team. A chapter in her book, From the Heart: Eight Rules to Live By, chronicles her journey since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007.
About the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. A uniquely American experience for more than 80 years, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and opry.com. The syndicated weekly program America’s Opry Weekend airs on country radio stations across America and on the Armed Forces Radio Network. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels. For more information, visit www.opry.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com
About Women Rock For The Cure
WRFTC was founded in 2007 by four friends with ties to the music industry: Jensen Sussman, Liz Lee Schullo, Rebekah Lee Beard and Tara Austin who all met through the Society of Leaders in Development (SOLID), an organization for young music business professionals. With the support of SOLID, the girls set out to organize an all-female, writer-in-the round benefit concert – later called Women Rock For The Cure – to help raise awareness and funds for SOLID’s Race For The Cure team. Since then, WRFTC has worked to support the Greater Nashville affiliate of Susan G. Komen For The Cure®, raising money and increasing breast cancer awareness locally. After two amazing years of standing-room-only concerts, the founders decided to make WRFTC a non-profit organization. With the group’s new status, WRFTC is pinker than ever and always rockin’ to reach the organization’s vision; WRFTC is committed to fighting breast cancer by utilizing the passion, creativity and strength of the entertainment industry to find inspiring ways to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Greater Nashville, as well as creating awareness programs for men and women of all ages. For more information, visit www.womenrockforthecure.org.
About the Greater Nashville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
The Greater Nashville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure—along with those who generously support us with their talent, time and resources—is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in our community. We join more than 100,000 breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Komen Greater Nashville Race for the Cure, we have invested $2.5 Million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects in 11 counties over the past ten years. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Komen Greater Nashville Affiliate stay in the Nashville area while the remaining income goes to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Programs supporting research, awards and educational and scientific programs around the world. Join us by calling 615-383-0017 or visiting us online at www.komen-nashville.org.