LeAnn Rimes headlined the first-ever ACM Lifting Lives benefit concert in Chicago on August 15 which also featured Crystal Bowersox. The event raised $11,000 and took place at current ACM Nightclub of the Year, Joe’s Bar Chicago. The club’s owner, Ed Warm, headed the event and also underwrote the cost, including food and drinks for every ticket buyer, to ensure that each ticket purchased went to ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music.
“The generosity that Ed Warm has shown to ACM Lifting Lives is unparalleled,” Gayle Holcomb, Chairman of ACM Lifting Lives, said. “He took a small idea and turned it into a very successful first-ever club event for charity, which in turn benefits so many worthy organizations.”
“As someone whose life revolves around the music industry, I am honored to help support ACM Lifting Lives in their efforts to improve lives through the power of music,” Ed said. “The night was very special for everyone who attended and we can’t thank LeAnn and Crystal enough.”
ACM Lifting Lives is the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Each year, ACM Lifting Lives provides grants to music therapy and music education programs as well as serves members of the country music community who face unexpected medical or financial hardship. Visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org for more information.
Chicago-based philanthropies were also recognized by ACM Lifting Lives with charitable gifts totaling $75,000. Organizations that received funds include Chicago’s Children Choir, Merit School of Music, the Ravinia Festival and Snow City Arts.