Country for a cause

Tue, 11/17/2009 - 4:30pm
By: Michael Boylan

Country for a cause Josh Gracin, left and Blake Shelton, right.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and his wife, Kim, formed the Hudson Family Foundation so that they could help make a positive impact on the lives of children and their families that need assistance. The Hudsons are thankful for their many blessings and their foundation is a way for them to give back to those in need.

On Saturday, they will have a concert at The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City, part of the Hudson’s Honky Tonk benefit weekend, that will help raise money for the programs the foundation conducts - a non-profit grant program that aids non-profit organizations that serve children’s needs in the area of health/medical, education and recreation, a scholarship program that procides scholarships to deserving high school seniors who fit within the mission and purpose of the Hudson Family Foundation, Take Me Out to the ballgame, which provides tickets for children to attend Atlanta Braves home games throughout the season and the Rookie Reader program, which promotes literacy and encourages a love of reading from a young age. Books are provided by the Hudson Family Foundation to children and youth throughout Georgia and Alabama.

The Hudson Family Foundation does a lot more and has numerous ways for the community to get involved, including listing some volunteer opportunities on their web site (, donating items for some of their programs or oranizing or participating in fundraisers.

One of the goals of the foundation is for people to have fun while they are helping and Saturday’s concert is just one example of having a good time while helping a good cause. The concert will feature country artists Blake Shelton and Josh Gracin.

Shelton, the headiner of Saturday’s event, released his fifth album, “Startin’ Fires” in November of 2008. Since then, songs like “Green,” “She Woulhe is sure to have the crowd rocking with dozens of his other hits like “The More I Drink,” “Some Beach,” “Ol’ Red,” which he considers his signature song, and many more.

Also performing at Saturday’s concert will be Josh Gracin. Gracin, the fourth place finisher on the second season of “American Idol” performed in Fayetteville over the summer and wowed the audience with a number of hit songs from his first two albums. Gracin, a former Marine, had his first three singles crack the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks top five and “Nothin’ To Lose” went all the way to number one. Other popular songs of Gracin’s are “We Weren’t Crazy,” and “Favorite State of Mind.”

The gates for the first Hudson Family Foundation Country Music Spectacular will open at 4:30 p.m. Southside Band takes the stage at 5:45 p.m., Gracin will go on at 7:15 p.m. and Shelton will perform at 8:45 p.m.

There are still some tickets and a few picnic tables available for the event. Tickets are $40 and are available at, calling 800-745-3000 and at the box office of “The Fred.”

The Hudson’s Honky Tonk benefit weekend starts Friday with the Hudson Family Foundation Team of Friends dinner party at Flat Creek Country Club. Those who become members of the Team of Friends get into the VIP dinner with three guests, mingle with suprise celebrities, enjoy dancing, dinner and drinks and have the opportunity to participate in a live and silent auction with must-have memorabilia, trips, unique experiences and more. Becoming one of the Team of Friends also gives you four tickets and VIP passes to Saturday’s concert and exclusive after party, which will feature dancing, giant television monitors and a chance to hang out with the artists after the show.

Phone 404-584-0095 to learn more about joining the Hudson Family Foundation Team of Friends and visit for more information about how to get involved in helping others in need.

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