Dec 11 2011
Holiday cheer-meets-country music is in the offing once more, thanks to the Christmas 4 Kids organization, which is again working to enhance the holidays for hundreds of underprivileged children throughout the middle Tennessee region.
This year's Annual Tour Bus Show and Artist Meet & Greet will take place 5-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at theWalmart Supercenter in Hendersonville located at 204 North Anderson Lane.
For a small donation, fans can visit the tour buses of 50-plus artists and celebrities, and many artists will be present to sign autographs and give the fans an inside look at their mobile home-away-from-home.
According to organizer reports, all proceeds from the event will go to Christmas 4 Kids, a nonprofit organization that has been in existence for more than 25 years for the purpose of providing underprivileged children with money to shop and purchase Christmas gifts for family and loved ones--something most have never had the opportunity to do before.
Money generated by this year’s annual concert featuring Charlie Daniels and the Tour Bus Show event will provide some 400 or more children from 29 different schools with a daylong shopping excursion. The special day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard an entertainer's luxury tour bus, lunch and a party hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus at College Heights Baptist Church.
To wrap up the day, these children will receive a brand new winter coat and $150 to spend on anything they want, report event organizers.
Among those artists and celebs expected to take part are the following: 10th Ave. North, Brandon Heath, Rob Bironas,The Roys, Jeff Bates, Burns & Poe, Daryle Singletary, Lynn Anderson, Riders In the Sky, Jessica Frech, Jeremy Parsons, Robert Burgeis, Bo Bice, Nathan Douglas, Barry Michaelm Adam Fisher, Aaron Kelly, Dustin Wilkes, Mason Douglas, Ty Brown, Brasher/Bogue, Shane Thomas, Eric Lee Beddingfield, Wayne Mills Band, Phoenix Drive, Lucas Hoge, Jesse Keith Whitley, Crystal Rose, Johnny Gates,Randy Montana and Paul Stout.
Regarding his participation in this year's tour-bus event, the young Mr. Whitley, who is the son of country greats Lorrie Morgan and the late Keith Whitley, told Examiner he's looking forward to spreading a bit of holiday cheer.
"This will be my first year with Christmas 4 Kids and I am really excited," remarked the the singer-songwriter, whose "Saving Amy" single is making its way up the charts. "This is an amazing and dedicated organization that does something very special in our community. I'm eager to meet with all the fans and visit with industry friends, too!"