Lady Antebellum has announced their new charitable initiative, LadyAid. The organization was created to bring awareness and support for children in need locally, nationally and globally. The multi-level organization will help children across Tennessee with grants to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. On a national level, LadyAid will support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and globally will support myLIFEspeaks and The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
“The opportunity to play music on stages all around the world has given us so much happiness,” Dave Haywood said. “By establishing LadyAID, we’re going to be able to put a new focus on accomplishing an off-stage goal we have as a band, which is to help children in need.”
“There are children all over the world who are suffering because they don’t have the resources to get the help they need,” Hillary Scott said. “My heart has specifically been led to the children of Haiti. By partnering with organizations like UNHCR and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, we’ve already seen children be given access to medical care they wouldn’t otherwise have in their country. It’s so inspiring, and anything we can do to help that cause, we’re going to do.”
“We’ve witnessed firsthand what these organizations are doing to help kids and their families,” Charles Kelley said. “I’ve been personally touched by the children’s hospital visits we’ve made around the US over the last few years. We hope that with the help of our fans, we can all combine our energy and resources to help provide some relief to these families.”
LadyAID will be funded by donations and fundraising efforts including the group’s Ping Pong songs event which was inspired by the band’s favorite backstage hobby and their love of songwriting. The inaugural event will take place in early 2013. The LadyAID Fund is a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Lady Antebellum performed a special holiday concert at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on December 3 which was filmed for a holiday special, airing right here on GAC. Lady Antebellum: On This Winter’s Night will premiere on Wednesday, December 5 at 8p|7c with re-airs throughout the holiday season. Check the schedule for airtimes