Country Artists Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes & Easton Corbin Unite for The Love of Dogs Benefit Concert at CMA Theater on October 10th
Nashville, TN – August 13, 2019 – Hallmark Channel and PEDIGREE Foundation will team up for a television special to help the millions of shelter and rescue dogs across the country find loving homes. The event will bring together country artists Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes and Easton Corbin for The Love of Dogs Benefit Concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame CMA Theater on Thursday, October 10 at 7:30pm.
The concert special, hosted by Hallmark Channel’s own Larissa Wohl, will help raise much needed grant funds for PEDIGREE Foundation as part of Hallmark Channel’s Adoption Ever After initiative. The initiative has helped over 35,000 pets find their forever homes. To further raise awareness, the show will air on Hallmark Channel on Monday, October 14, 2019 (time TBA)
“Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries produce and air original programs like Kitten Bowl, American Rescue Dog Show, Hero Dog Awards, and A Very Merry Yule Log to showcase and celebrate shelter pet adoption that literally give pets a second chance at life,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks.
“‘The Love of Dogs’ is more than a new original special featuring great country artists; it is an opportunity to renew our partnership with PEDIGREE Foundation to raise the money that supports the adoption of millions of dogs across the country,” Abbott concluded.
Hallmark Channel’s Adoption Ever After works in collaboration with the country’s leading animal rescue and welfare organizations, activists, distribution and advertising partners, and celebrity influencers, Hallmark Channel’s Adoption Ever After aims to dismantle common misconceptions about shelter animals, provide resources, inspire the public to adopt, and ultimately create a future where every pet has a loving home. The initiative shines a spotlight on the countless lovable pets in our nations shelters through annual on-air programming specials like Kitten Bowl, Cat Bowl, Hero Dog Awards, and American Rescue Dog Show, as well as strategic partnerships, consumer marketing campaigns, public service announcements, and grassroots efforts.
“We are thrilled to partner with Hallmark Channel and these talented country artists to bring awareness to the millions of dogs that end up in shelters every year,” said Deb Fair, Executive Director of PEDIGREE Foundation. “Our mission is to support shelters and rescue organizations across the nation – including those in your backyard – to make it a little easier for them to help these dogs find loving homes.”
PEDIGREE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation, founded in 2008, that supports shelters and rescue organizations, as well as encouraging people to ADOPT, VOLUNTEER, and DONATE. At the close of 2018, the foundation contributed more than $7.3 million through 5,300 grants to shelters and rescues across the country over the last 10 years. The PEDIGREE Foundation grants are funded by the PEDIGREE® Brand, along with contributions from partners and dog lovers like you. The funds raised by the foundation are used to support organizations that help dogs in need to find their loving homes – with our ultimate goal of ending pet homelessness.
PEDIGREE Foundation’s top sponsors for the event are Double Wood Farm, Silgan, Transcontinental Packaging and Atlantic Packaging.
Tickets range from $49 to $99 and will be sale this Friday, August 16th online at www.PEDIGREEFoundation.org or in-person at the CMA Theater Box Office.
The fundraising festivities will continue the following morning after the concert on Friday, October 11th at 9:00am with a Charity Golf Tournament to benefit PEDIGREE Foundation at Hermitage Golf Course. The golf outing is open to the public and sold separately. Visit www.PedigreeFoundation.org for details or call LEGACY Events at 615-669-6058 to register.
About the Talent:
When Lee Brice isn’t selling out arenas, writing and recording songs, or building new brands like American Born whiskey, you’ll find the family man with his wife Sara, two young boys, and baby girl. Meanwhile, with more than 14 million in RIAA-certified sales and streams, and nearing three billion spins on Pandora, Brice continues to enjoy massive success at country radio, digital streaming services, and on the road. One of the most-played country artists of all time on Pandora, he was inducted into the company’s “Billionaires Club” on June 8, 2018, becoming only the second country artist behind Keith Urban to receive the Pandora Billionaire plaque.
Lee is also a GRAMMY nominee, a CMA nominee and a double ACM award winner, and he’s taken six radio singles to Number One: “A Woman Like You,” “Hard To Love,” “I Drive Your Truck,” “I Don’t Dance,” “Drinking Class,” and “Rumor.” Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and others have recorded his songs, and he’s performed on numerous TV shows, including NBC’s Today, ABC’s The Bachelor, NBC’s The Voice, FOX’s Miss USA 2018 and PBS’s A Capitol Fourth. Lee’s “Rumor” is the current single from his fourth studio album, Lee Brice, released November 3, 2017 on Curb Records.
This Louisiana native has achieved over 1.5 billion on-demand career streams globally and three chart-topping singles, including his 5x multi-Platinum crossover single “Wanted,” which received a GRAMMY© nomination for Best Country Solo Performance. The massive crossover hit, featured on his 2x multi-Platinum debut album Hunter Hayes, is well beyond 120 million streams on Spotify alone and became his first No. 1 single on the Country Airplay charts; solidifying him as the youngest solo male artist to top Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in over 40 years. The self-titled debut has accumulated over half a billion on-demand streams in the U.S. alone and also includes the Platinum-certified No. 1 “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” the 2x multi-Platinum “I Want Crazy” and the Gold-certified singles “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” and “Storm Warning.” In 2018, Hayes also released the unflinchingly honest and introspective song “Dear God,” which has amassed over 25 million streams globally. With Rolling Stone calling it an “anthem for the anxious,” Taste of Country also declared: “leave it to Hunter Hayes to release a song that speaks the truth.” 2019 marks the release of his latest single “Heartbreak” and his Closer To You 20-date headlining tour, which wrapped this past spring.
With two No. 1 singles, four Top 5 singles, multiple awards and nominations, performances on some of the biggest stages in the world, and a spot on one of the biggest tours in country music, Carrie Underwood’s 2016 The Storyteller Tour, Easton Corbin has made a lasting impression on the country music landscape. He is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. Easton is known for his signature hits including “A Little More Country Than That,” “Roll With It,” “Lovin’ You Is Fun,” and “Baby Be My Love Song” from his No. 1 debuting album About To Get Real, and his emotional “Are You With Me” was the most added song at radio the day it was released. Corbin’s latest Top 5 single “A Girl Like You” garnered rave reviews. Taste of Country picked it as a Critics Pick saying, “It takes a fraction of a second to know Easton Corbin is on to something different with ‘A Girl Like You.'” Corbin is currently in the studio finishing new music for his fourth studio album.
Larissa Wohl, Event Emcee (Hallmark Channel)
Larissa Wohl is a dynamic journalist best known for her energetic and relatable personality. After many years working as a news anchor and reporter, Larissa found her dream job as the resident Pet Rescue Expert on Hallmark Channel’s popular lifestyle program, “Home & Family.” With Larissa’s help, the 3-time Emmy Nominated show has found homes for thousands of homeless animals around the Country as part of their “Adoption Ever After” initiative. In her downtime, Larissa can be found volunteering for many of the Los Angeles Animal Shelters or at home with her 4 rescue pups and foster animals. She is thrilled to combine her background in news and her passion for animals to such a prominent platform to help educate and entertain viewers about animal related issues.
About Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Channel, owned by Hallmark Cards, Inc., is Crown Media Family Networks’ flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 82 million homes. As the country’s leading destination for quality family entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand. In addition to its signature new, original movies, the network features an ambitious lineup of other new, original content, including scripted primetime series, such as “Good Witch,” “When Calls the Heart” and “Chesapeake Shores”; annual specials including “Kitten Bowl” and “Hero Dog Awards”; and a daily, two-hour lifestyle show, “Home & Family.” Additionally, Hallmark Channel is the exclusive home to world premiere presentations of the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise. Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate life’s special moments, Hallmark Channel also offers annual holiday programming franchises, including “Countdown to Christmas,” “Countdown to Valentine’s Day,” “Summer Nights,” “Fall Harvest” and “Winterfest.” Rounding out the network’s diverse slate are some of television’s most beloved comedies and series, including “The Golden Girls” and “Frasier.” For more information, please visit www.crownmediapress.com/ To visit the Adoption Ever After website, please visit https://www.hallmarkchannel.com/adoption-ever-after
About PEDIGREE Foundation
We believe every dog deserves a loving, forever home. PEDIGREE Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to help end pet homelessness. Nearly 3.5 million dogs end up in shelters and rescues every year, and nearly half never find a home. The foundation was established in 2008 by Mars Petcare, maker of PEDIGREE® food for dogs, to help increase dog adoption rates. We’ve awarded more than 5,300 grants and $7.3 million to U.S. shelters and rescues that help dogs in need. At PEDIGREE Foundation, we’re working toward a day when all dogs are safe, secure, cared for, fed well and loved. See how you can help: www.PEDIGREEFoundation.org. © 2019 Mars or Affiliates.
About Mars Petcare
Mars Petcare is a diverse and growing business with 75,000 Associates across 50+ countries dedicated to one purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™. With 75 years of experience, our portfolio of almost 50 brands serves the health and nutrition needs of almost half the world’s pets – including brands PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, ROYAL CANIN™, NUTRO™, GREENIES™, SHEBA®, CESAR®, IAMS™ and EUKANUBA™ Brands as well as The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition which has advanced research in the nutrition and health of pets for over 50 years. Mars Petcare is also the world’s largest veterinary health provider through a network of over 2,000 pet hospitals including BANFIELD™, BLUEPEARL™, PET PARTNERS™, and VCA™. We’re also at the forefront of emerging innovation and technology for pets, pet owners and veterinarians, with WISDOM PANEL™ genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs, the WHISTLE™ GPS dog tracker, and LEAP VENTURE STUDIO accelerator and COMPANION FUND™ programs that drive innovation and disruption in the pet care industry. As a family business and guided by our principles of mutuality and freedom, we are privileged with the flexibility to fight for what we believe in – and we choose to fight for: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. © 2019 Mars or Affiliates.