rm_ku.jpgFor 20 years, the country music industry has supported St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 


This past weekend in Memphis, TN, radio, music industry and artists were given guided tours of the hospital where they learned about the cutting-edge research going on at St. Jude that has helped push the survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent to more than 70 percent.


"Everyone here - the employees, the patients, their families - look forward to this seminar," said ALSAC/St. Jude Radio and Entertainment Marketing Director Teri Watson. "This is the one time of the year when we can embrace our radio and music friends to thank them and remind them of why we still need their support. We want every child to go home healthy and, in part because of our radio partners, we are making strides toward reaching that goal."


This very special weekend is always topped off with the Saturday night songwriters dinner.  Typically reserved for the biggest names in the business.  This year's "guitar pull" featured some very special guests!  Country Cares founder and host for the guitar pull, Randy Owen suprised the crowd when  he introduced, Richie McDonald and Kieth Urban.  Both were chosen not only for their songwriting and singing talent, but for thier dedication to the kids at St. Jude.  Both Richie and Keith were honored with a beautiful St. Jude plaque.  It was a great night and one that won't be forgotten anytime soon!


Click here for Richie's gallery from the weekend (arrow down to St. Jude Gallery)!sj.jpg