Reba, Carrie Underwood + More Are ACM Hometown Heroes
Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Danny Gokey and Darryl Worley are featured on the ACM Lifting Lives website this month, discussing various charities they work with. Lifting Lives is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, dedicating to improving lives through music.
This month’s theme is ‘Hometown Heroes,’ with each artist talking about charities serving their own hometowns or honoring the memory of a loved one. Artists had the opportunity to film these segments during the ACM Awards this spring. The traditional artist gift lounge was transformed into an interview room, where artists talked about their favorite causes.
Reba focuses on Reba’s Ranch House, a home-away-from-home for families traveling from out of town to be with their loved ones at the Texoma Medical Center. It’s a service they’ve been providing, Reba says, “since the middle ’80s.”
Carrie shares information about her recently formed C.A.T.S. Foundation: “I want to better my community and I feel like it’s time to give back … We started by donating over a $100,000 worth of musical equipment to my high school. People were crying; it was crazy, they were so excited. My next project is building an animal shelter in my hometown.”
Danny talks about Sophia’s Heart, an organization he formed in honor of his wife who passed a way. Danny explains, ” I wanted to keep her memory alive and our memory alive together. It helps give away scholarships and helps feed the hungry and house the homeless. Also, it has a music and artist program with a kids choir and kids dance team.”
Darryl discusses his Darryl Worley Foundation, which “helps people West Tennessee, North Mississippi and North Alabama … just people in need. Our main focus is building a two and a half million cancer center in my hometown Savannah, Tenn.”
The ACM Lifting Lives ‘My Cause’ feature will be back in December with a new theme.
Watch all of the artists’ videos here.