The Academy of Country Music announced today that chart-topping country music star Darius Rucker will host the ACM Lifting Lives® Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC Las Vegas for the second consecutive year on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic, ACM Weekend at Fremont Street Experience, ACM Party for a Cause Festival, THE ACM EXPERIENCE and more will all be taking place in conjunction with “The Week Vegas Goes Country®,” leading up to the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, a star-studded event produced for television by dick clark productions, that will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS.
The ACM Lifting Lives® Celebrity Golf Classic—the seventh held since 2004—brings together country music artists, record label executives and other members of the music community in a star-studded scramble tournament to raise funds and awareness for ACM Lifting Lives’ Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, which provides immediate relief to those in need in the music industry.
Darius, an avid golfer, has been very involved with ACM Lifting Lives. In 2011, on the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards telecast, he performed the original song “Music From the Heart” with campers from the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, to bring awareness to a national audience about those with developmental disabilities. Darius also penned the song “Together, Anything is Possible” to raise money for the PGA’s charitable initiatives. Last month, Darius announced his “True Believers” headlining tour, in support of his upcoming True Believers album release this spring. The “True Believers” tour kicks off on May 9 in Estero, FL and will work its way through more than 20 cities across the U.S. before wrapping up in Clarkston, MI on June 30.