Rascal Flatts Combine Music and Golf for a Great Cause
Country supergroup Rascal Flatts combined their passion for helping others with their love of music and golf once again for…
Rascal Flatts; Photo by Joe Howell/Vanderbilt University
Country supergroup Rascal Flatts combined their passion for helping others with their love of music and golf once again for their fourth-annual Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday (Oct. 14). The trio joined forces with Delta Dental of Tennessee and WME to host the star-studded event, which benefits Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Joining the trio on the course at the picturesque Golf Club of Tennessee were celebrity friends including Vince Gill, Charles Kelley, Tracy Lawrence, LOCASH, Jimmie Allen, Joe Diffie, Eric Paslay, Jamey Johnson, Mitchell Tenpenny, Shawn Booth, D.B. Sweeney, Eric Decker, Cortland Finnegan, Scott Hamilton, Brett Hull, Rob Riggle and more.
After playing golf, participants enjoyed dinner, a silent and live auction and an intimate performance by Rascal Flatts. Charles Kelley, Jamey Johnson and Tyminski hopped on stage during their set for a few impromptu collaborations during the show, which was emceed by Jessie James Decker.
Country Now caught up with Rascal Flatts earlier in the day to chat about the Celebrity Golf Classic and their longtime support of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
“Music and golf is a very powerful combo,” Joe Don Rooney shared with us. “We’re lucky to get to do music for a living, but we do gold for fun. To get to do both for a good cause, it’s very special.”
“I rest easier every night in the knowledge of knowing that there is a place like Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital that exists,” Jay DeMarcus said, adding, “Because if Heaven forbid something happens to one of my children, I know that they are gonna be in the best hands in the entire world…”
For more with Rascal Flatts, check out the clip above.
To date, Rascal Flatts has raised a total of $5,850,000 for the hospital. In 2010, the facility renamed its Pediatric Surgery Center to The Rascal Flatts Surgery Center in honor of the band’s charitable efforts.
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