As we mentioned previously, Dierks Bentley hosted his sixth annual Miles & Music for Kids celebrity motorcycle ride and benefit concert on Sunday (October 16th) in Nashville. The event, which included more than one-thousand motorcycle riders, raised more than $205,000 dollars to benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Expanding to other cities, such as Chicago, Columbus (Ohio) and Atlanta, the event has raised more than $2 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The event began south of Nashville and ended at Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville with a concert, featuring Dierks and special guests including Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Eli Young Band, Colt Ford, Craig Campbell and Josh Thompson.
Dierks (Miles & Music check) 101811 OC: …huge check. :30
“We just did our ride this past weekend for Miles & Music for Kids, something we started six years ago that raises money for the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Every year, even though it’s our sixth year, you never really know what you’re getting into or what to expect. Certainly, the economy this year has been just brutal and so many people are out of jobs and there’s a lot of uncertainty out there so you never know when you’re doing a charity event what to expect in the turnout or the giving or whatnot. We’ve done this in a couple of different cities this year; Nashville, certainly that’s the most money we’ve raised. It’s a huge check.”
Dierks (Miles & Music check) 2 OC: …let us down. :40
“They bring out a big check on stage, a fake check, you know, but some of the kids from the hospital that are benefitting fromn the great nurses and doctors and staff and research at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, these kids come out carrying this great, big check and I get to autograph it and a real check will be going out very soon, this week. It’s a great feeling, and I take a great pride in the people that are making it happen. Obviously, the fans that come out and buy the tickets and support it; all the volunteers from the hospital, from different places all come out and they donate their time. It takes a lot of people to raise that money, and a lot off people giving their time to raise that money, so it’s been a real blessing. And we’ll do it as long as the community is excited about it. They’ve never let us down.”