Reba, James Otto and Jason Aldean 'Lift Lives' For Women
The Academy of Country Music's Lifting Lives program has found a great way to celebrate women.
The charitable arm of ACM - which focuses on a different cause each month - is using February to shine light on a 'Country Cares for Women' theme with three of Nashville's biggest names - Reba McEntire, Jason Aldean and James Otto - helping promote their efforts.
Reba's charity of choice is Thistle Farms - a Nashville-based enterprise run by women who have survived lives of violence, prostitution and addiction. The organization also aids in teaching employable skills to women who have faced these kind of stuggles.
Jason and James are both doing their part to raise funds and awareness for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, which is one of the world's leading organizations for breast cancer research.
Both of the country stars have been personally affected by the disease.
"The reason I support that cause is a good friend of mine passed away of [breast cancer] a few years back," Jason told the ACM. "She had two kids, two daughters. If we get a cure for that, it would be something women wouldn't have to work about. Check it out."
James reveals that he also has a family connection to the deadly disease "My favorite cause is Susan G. Komen and it's because my family has had a history of breast cancer," says the country singer. "I lost my grandmother to breast cancer. My mom beat it because of all of the amazing research that's being done on behalf of Susan G. Komen. It's something that's near and dear to my heart and always will be."
The Academy of Country Music will host a special televised concert, "Girls Night Out: Superstar Women of Country," with performances by Reba, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.
The show, which is being taped on April 4, will donate proceeds from ticket sales to Lifting Lives.
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