Year after year you bring it! You help us raise more and more money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and this year we set another record total- $134,720!
Our St. Jude Partner in Hope concert is our big ole thank you and to you and our friends at Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield! They've been a huge partner with us in raising money for the kids and families too! Year round they help us collect money at the store & "Jars At The Bar" always make an appearance at our Northampton Trivia Nights!
This year they've also produced a special Michael Ray St. Jude Candle in my favorite scent "Sun & Sand". If you snap the photo of Michael Ray on the front with the Yankee Candle Village app you'll see a special video message from Michael! Keep your eyes out for these at upcoming St. Jude events!
And of course thank you to this years' performer Michael Ray! Fun story he shared with me backstage... every big country artist and supporter of St. Jude this year has the "This Shirt Saves Lives" tee. It became so popular because Michael Ray is a trendsetter! He wore the shirt on stage one night before it was mass produced. Everyone thought it was so cool and wanted to be in on the movement that St. Jude had to rush production! Way to go Michael Ray!
He has a new album "Amos" coming out on June 1st. My preorder on iTunes is already in! Already available for download are his single "Get To You" , "Fan Girl", and a jam called "Her World Or Mine". I'm obsessed! Check it out below!
Other highlights for me...
Graduation girl! I didn't catch her name, but she wore her cap and gown to the show. Last nights concert was her gift in celebration of her college graduation! Made sure we got her backstage to make it a little extra sweet!
One of the guys at last nights show upped his monthly donation to St. Jude by more than double the $20 a month donation. Why? As an adult his cancer was treated with a treatment found at St. Jude. Goes to show they're amazing reach as a research hospital!
Also learned Michael Ray was a writer of "Runaway With You". A song that Big & Rich had a big hit with!
And he was gracious enough to grant me... the awkward prom photo! Check it out along with all the other photos courtesy of Ron Lemelin Photography right here!