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For the fourth year, the Crockettsville Charity Concert & Trail Ride helped raise funds to benefit children of adoption and foster care at Buckhorn Children and Family Services in Buckhorn, Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky natives, Chad Warrix and David Tolliver, along with Concerts 4 A Cause, hosted the event on the Abner Farm in Booneville, Kentucky, this past weekend. Along with artists Randy Houser, Keith Anderson, Christian Kane, Danielle Peck, Gabe Garcia, Craig Wayne Boyd and Lisa Torres they were able to raise over $80,000 – all of which goes straight to the kids.
One of the event sponsors, Monster Energy Drinks, added a thrill of nail-biting excitement with a stunt show from all-star BMX motorcycle riders and prepared event-goers for the next day’s 45-mile ATV trail ride through the dust and mud, which drew in over 500 celebrities and patrons this year.
“We couldn’t be happier with this year’s outcome,” said Chad Warrix. “The energy from all of the performers and audience was overwhelming and knowing that all of it was made possible by the volunteers from the local community who care so much about giving makes it that much more fulfilling.”
On Sunday, August 28th, 500 riders lined up and paraded past the Buckhorn Children & Family Services Facility prior to taking part of the 45 mile trail.
“Being able to put a face on the cause reminds us why we’re all out here doing this,” said Warrix. “The smiles on those kids’ faces keep us all coming back year after year, and for as long as we have friends and fellow artists willing to participate, we’ll continue to do so for years to come.”
The event is close to the heart of Kentucky as it is one of the largest benefit concerts putting a shining spotlight on eastern Kentucky. Previous years have included performances by Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, and many more. The efforts of all involved are greatly appreciated. Over $400,000 has been raised to help the Buckhorn Children and Family Services.
For more information on the Crockettsville Charity Concert & Trail Ride, go to www.crockettsville.com. For more information on the Buckhorn Children and Family Services, go to www.buckhorn.org.