Brice Long and Friends’ 12th Annual Benefit Concert, held Saturday at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville, KY, raised $80,000 for Long’s Back to Back Foundation. The crowd of over a thousand was treated to music from Long’s friends and hit Nashville songwriters Kent Blazy (If Tomorrow Never Comes, Ain’t Goin Down Til The Sun Comes Up) and Don Sampson (Waitin’ On A Woman, Midnight In Montgomery). Long headlined the evening and performed his penned singles including “Nothing On But The Radio,” “Like A Cowboy,” and Jon Pardi’s current chart climbing single “Heartache On The Dance Floor. Special guest East Kentucky native Josh Martin joined Long on the stage to perform.
“Saturday night’s benefit was so amazing,” says Brice. “The sponsors have grown so much over the years and people just want to get involved. It feels so great to see this community come together in support of this event and B2B.”
Long is a country music singer and songwriter from Hopkinsville, KY. Long formed The Back to Back Foundation in 2005 with the intent to give back to the community that has supported him so much throughout his career.
All proceeds from Saturday’s concert will stay in local Kentucky continues including Christian, Trigg and the newly addition of Todd.
“We get a lot of support from that community and we felt like with the growth we’ve had over the last few years, it was time to extend our reach and add more families to the list at Christmas,” exclaims Brent Gilkey the Back To Back Foundation Chairman.
Back 2 Back Foundation focuses on helping local families in need during the holiday season but also helps throughout the year with other local charities. Since its inception Back to Back Inc. has raised over $460,000 and has directly helped over 230 families along with several local charities. Back to Back is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.
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