Dierks Bentley’s Miles & Music Raises Record Amount for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
Dierks Bentley is undoubtedly still on a high over the record-breaking amount of money his 8th annual Miles & Music event raised.
Held Sunday (Nov. 3) in Nashville, the all-day event, which included a motorcycle ride and performances by Bentley -- along with Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Easton Corbin and Jake Owen -- raised an astonishing $307,000, with all of the proceeds benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
“It’s not me, we broke the record," Bentley said from the stage (quote via Nashville's Tennessean). "God bless you guys. Thank you so much."
The Miles & Music event, which has raised more than $2 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals since it began in 2006, is a cause near and dear to the married father of three.
“I want you to know in my heart how much this event means to me,” Bentley added. “We’re just so thankful for the success you guys have given me and all the guys (on this bill) and now this charity.”
All wasn't smooth sailing for the evening, which included a crowd estimated at close to 10,000 people. Bryan, who performed several songs, including two of his biggest hits, 'Crash My Party' and 'That's My Kind of Night,' revealed he was battling pretty serious pain, after almost cutting his thumb off a few days ago while making ribs at home.
“It’s fun doing this with stitches,” Bryan said. “You always want to cut your thumb off on CMA week.” Bryan is scheduled to perform the morning of the 47th annual CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 6), as well as kick off the evening ceremony.
Bentley's latest album, 'Riser,' will be released next year. The record's second single, 'I Hold On,' is in the Top 40 and climbing. Download the single here.