KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Wellmont Health System released the following information about an upcoming concert that will benefit the Children's Miracle Network.
"Acclaimed country music artist Collin Raye and highly regarded opening act Brinley Addington will enhance children's care at Wellmont Health System hospitals with a special concert Saturday, June 21, at the Farmer's Market.
The duo will demonstrate their flair for creating and performing dynamic music when they hit the stage at 7 p.m. for the second annual Brinley Addington Hometown Throwdown presented by First Kingsport Credit Union. They will also showcase their compassionate hearts, as the event serves as a fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
"We're looking forward to a night of great fun and excellent music that will captivate the crowd while also supporting an outstanding cause," Addington said. "Having been born at Holston Valley Medical Center and raised in Kingsport, I have seen how children's lives have been transformed through the amazing work of Children's Miracle Network.
"It's a privilege to support this cause and give more children the opportunity to not only survive but thrive due to lifesaving care made possible, in large measure, by Children's Miracle Network."
Addington detailed the can't-miss event during a news conference Tuesday, May 27, at the credit union, which is serving as the title sponsor. The throwdown has also attracted 13 other philanthropic sponsors, illustrating the broad appeal of these musicians and Children's Miracle Network.
"Collin and Brinley are two remarkable performers who will create an electric atmosphere for this concert," said Beverly Boling, the credit union's CEO. "We're thrilled to play a part in bringing high-caliber entertainment to downtown Kingsport and making a positive difference in children's lives. It's a win-win for everyone."
Other sponsors are Price & Ramey Insurance, Saxon Clark Real Estate Group, Fairway Ford, Courtesy Chevrolet, Carter-Trent Funeral Home, GoinsRashCain, Valley View Animal Clinic, Oak Hill Funeral Home, Edwards Tipton Witt Agency, Domtar, J.A. Street & Associates, Spoden & Wilson Consulting Engineers, Southern Classic Auto Wash and the City of Kingsport.
Wellmont has served as the Children's Miracle Network affiliate in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia for more than 25 years. The health system uses all money raised in this area to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for its pediatric departments, neonatal intensive care unit and emergency departments and to fund community partnerships that advance children's health.
A beneficiary of Children's Miracle Network is the family of Todd Freeman, who owns a local production company and is working with Addington on the throwdown. Freeman's granddaughter, Grace, spent about six weeks in 2013 in the neonatal intensive care unit at Holston Valley. Born four weeks early at 4 pounds, 3 ounces, she would not eat sufficiently and had trouble with reflux.
Now 13 months old, Grace continues to make impressive strides as she grows into a toddler. Freeman talks positively about the care she received in the NICU and the help Children's Miracle Network provides.
"We're big fans of Children's Miracle Network and the NICU and the difference both have made in Grace's life," he said. "Her physicians and other caregivers in the NICU were absolutely fabulous – second to none – and we'll never forget what a difference they made in our beautiful little girl's life."
In assessing the concert, Addington and Freeman said it will be the perfect way to kick off the summer. An accomplished musician, Raye hit the right note in 1991 with the song "Love, Me," which showcased his wonderful voice. As his career has progressed, he has continued to make his mark with other ballads, such as "One Boy, One Girl," "Not That Different" and "If I Were You." He has also shown his versatility with peppy songs such as "My Kind of Girl" and "I Want You Bad."
Raye has also used his fame to promote important organizations and causes, such as Boys Town, Special Olympics, Catholic Relief Services, Country Cares About AIDS and Al-Anon.
Addington has built a successful career as a show-opener for major artists and groups such as Chris Young, Josh Turner, Justin Moore and the Eli Young Band. He issued his first full-length album "Homegrown" in 2011, which reached No. 53 on the iTunes country album charts. Having earned rave reviews from peers and other music industry professionals for that effort, Addington is now working on his second album.
Todd Norris, Wellmont's senior vice president of system advancement and president of Wellmont Foundation, said he appreciates Addington and Raye for supporting Children's Miracle Network
"Events such as this showcase the valuable partnerships that have enabled Children's Miracle Network to be such a powerful force in the well-being of children," Norris said. "As we begin the next generation of care, individuals and organizations can continue to impact these young lives in so many ways, such as our NICU expansion, through their support of Children's Miracle Network. It's an investment that will improve thousands more children's lives."
Tickets for the throwdown are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the concert. They are available starting later this week at Food City stores on Eastman Road and Clinchfield Street in Kingsport, as well as in Colonial Heights, Church Hill and Weber City, Virginia. They can also be purchased at First Kingsport Credit Union. All tickets are general admission.
More information about Children's Miracle Network is available at www.childrensmiraclenetwork.org. Donations can be made all year at www.wellmontfoundation.org."