By Elizabeth Willoughby on
Country music band Rascal Flatts will receive the 7th Annual Academy of Country Music/Home Depot Humanitarian Award this month for their donation of over $2 million to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, in Nashville, the largest fundraising donation in the hospital’s history.
The award, which recognizes “country music artists who serve others, have a generous spirit and help build the dreams of those in need,” will be presented to group members Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney at the 43rd Academy of Country Music Awards on May 18.
The group’s donation to the research hospital, one of the top 10 pediatric cancer care centers in the US, came from the proceeds of their concerts.
“We have been blessed with some incredible successes in our career the past couple of years,” said Rooney. “The most rewarding thing for us is the opportunity to give back to our communities.”
In addition to the award, Home Depot volunteers and community members will build a playground in a city of Rascal Flatt’s choice, another stepping stone in Home Depot’s mission for “a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.”
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