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Singers Vince Gill and Amy Grant appeared onstage at a show late last week to raise awareness of the June raffle of the 2008 St Jude Dream Home – a 3,871-square-foot house valued at $650,000.

The show, held in Franklin, Tennessee, also featured performances by the Wooten Brothers and American Idol finalists Melinda Doolittle and Phil Stacey. Over 800 people attended the event, many purchasing tickets for the Dream Home raffle.

The Tennessee Dream Home is one of 34 Dream Homes across America, and organizers of the raffle hope to raise $1.6 million in what has become an annual event. All proceeds from the raffle will go to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centres.

“We’re hoping for a very strong kickoff for the raffle ticket sales,” said Grant. “Some people are already passionate about St. Jude and I feel like this a no-brainer. This is exciting — someone is going to win that house.”

Tickets for the raffle cost $100, and there is a range of exciting prizes up for offer. Tickets are available through www.stjudedreamhome.org, and the homes will be raffled live on WZTV Fox 17 on June 22.

“I like the community spirit of this,” said Gill. “There are so many ways people find to give and to help out. And when you talk about a great project to give to, with St. Jude, you’re reaching out to kids and sick kids. And it just doesn’t get any more godly or kindly. It’s the best.”

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