Despite years of trying and many initiatives, the world is not a place where everybody’s basic needs are met. The less fortunate still struggle because they cannot make ends meet without the support of others.
Fortunately, many people and organizations are doing what they can to change that. For example, many country music stars are no strangers to charity and enjoy helping out.
Brad Paisley, along with his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, went beyond simple donations made to a particular case. Their initiative – The Store – aims at solving hunger issues in the country. The Store operates whole year-round and provides people in need of free groceries.
Another couple from the world of country music is also contributing a lot. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are heavily involved in the Tug McGraw Foundation, established by the late baseball player and Tim’s biological father. They also support various organizations such as the American Red Cross, Make-a-Wish, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, Musicians on Call, and more.
Let’s not forget about the country legend Dolly Parton, who is very active in the charity field and was named the Musi-Cares Person of the Year in 2019 for all her outstanding work. Over the years, she donated to Fort Sanders Medical Center, earned the Partnership Award for her efforts to preserve the bald eagle, and helped raise more than $13 million for her My People Fund. Back in 1995, she started a literacy program called the Imagination Library that gave away over 100 million books.
Playing cards and giving back
Supporting important causes can sometimes come from an unexpected approach, but it seems like any reason for raising awareness is worth an effort. In recent years, poker became a game of choice for celebrities from various backgrounds.
They like to play for fun and attend big live tournaments. Strip Poker: Charity Tourney was an event held in 2007 that particularly attracted representatives of the country music industry and superstar rodeo performers.
It’s not surprising because casinos and gaming mean good business. The leading states in this industry, such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, are well aware of that. They provide their residents with fine land-based establishments and many poker websites, as well as quality sports betting operators that offer entertainment for the players and bring revenues to local communities.
Additionally, casino-related events can be a great platform for charity. The 2007 event that brought poker enthusiasts together at the famous Las Vegas Strip benefited the T.J. Martell Foundation, which supports the research for cancer, leukemia, and AIDS.
Sing for charity
Naturally, the most common way in which musicians try to contribute to a charity and tell people about important issues are music concerts. In the spirit of the famous Live Aid concert in 1985, Farm Aid was introduced a little later that year. The country icon Willie Nelson organized the annual event, alongside John Mellencamp and Neil Young.
The purpose of it is to alert the public about a problem of family farms being lost throughout the years and to collect money for farmers. So far, the initiative raised nearly $60 million. From the more recent events, Keith Urban led the All for the Hall benefit concert in Nashville in February 2020 that is a part of a multi-city series dating back to 2007. The series supports and promotes the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s education programs