After spending more than a decade supporting the life-saving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the members of Lady Antebellum were honored for their longtime commitment to the cause during the 31st Country Cares for St. Jude Kids in Memphis on Friday evening (Jan. 17).
The seven-time Grammy-winning trio was presented with the coveted Randy Owen Angels Among Us Award, which recognizes “individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to St. Jude.” Owen was on-hand to honor the group alongside Richard Shadyac Jr., the President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Since their first visit to St. Jude over 10 years ago, Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott have raised funds and awareness for St. Jude in various ways including through their own organization, LadyAID, taking part in benefit concerts, participating in St. Jude’s This Shirt Saves Lives campaign, visiting the hospital, spending time with patients and more. In 2019, the trio co-hosted a special curated event, which raised more than $650,000 for the hospital.
“We’re lucky enough to be able to give back,” Kelley told Country Now prior to the award presentation. “When we visited over 10 years ago we knew…. when we got back in the car we’re like, ‘well we’re hooked, we’ve got to be a part of this, this is important.’”
“I think from the moment we stepped through those doors it changed our trajectory from a philanthropic standpoint. It was our top priority and it has been a huge part of our LadyAID fund that we give to every year and all of the events that we’re able to do,” Haywood added.
With the chart-topping success of their latest single still fresh on their minds, Scott said she is so thankful to have a platform that allows them to give back.
“I can’t help but just feel like even more gratitude for the success of ‘What If I Never Get Over You’ and the career that we’ve had up to this point because of the platform it gives us to use our voices to bring light to amazing places like St. Jude to give back and see lives changed,” she shared. “I mean, we love what we do and we feel like it’s what we were called to do, singing and writing and recording and performing these songs, but what we witnessed today, touring this hospital and everything that they do, that’s the real good stuff. What they’re doing.”
Later that evening, ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, surprised Lady Antebellum with a donation of $50,000 to St. Jude made in their name.
“Using their voices and talent, Lady Antebellum has made such a powerful impact on the lives of children worldwide through their support of St. Jude,” said Shadyac. “The Angels Among Us Award signifies the heart, generosity and passion the group has continually shown St. Jude for the last decade, and Hillary, Charles and Dave are so deserving of this distinction as members of our St. Jude family.”
Past recipients of the Randy Owen Angels Among Us Award include Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, John Rich and Darius Rucker.
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—because all they should worry about is helping their child live. Those interested in making a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital can visit thisshirtsaveslives.org to become a monthly donor.