|BMI's Shelby Kennedy (center) congratulates Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry for raising more than $50K for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.|
Co-sponsored by BMI, the special event drew more than 1,000 attendees to Nashville's City Hall to hear the CMA-nominated duo perform their songs. With the average Wish costing around $5,000, the funds raised could help the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant the wishes of 10 Middle Tennessee children.
"When we started we never thought about awards, fame or anything other than what songs would make the people dance in the honky-tonks," Montgomery said. "That remains what really drives us, doing the songs that reflect the lives and experiences of our fans. But shows like this one for the Make-A-Wish Foundation are really something special, and we're very proud to be associated with such a wonderful organization and happy to do whatever we can to help them."
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of hundreds of volunteers and supporters, over 400 wishes have been granted in Middle Tennessee since the chapter was founded in 2000. Now in its fifth year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee hopes to achieve its goal of granting 500 wishes by June of 2006.