Alan Jackson headlined the 5th Annual “Stars Go Blue” benefit March 20 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, performing for a sold out, standing room only crowd. The event was hosted by the Colon Cancer Alliance and all proceeds benefited CCA’s Blue Note Fund which helps patients in need, a program founded by GRAMMY-nominated artist/producer Charlie Kelley, husband of GAC host Nan Kelley.
Craig Campbell opened the show in honor of his father, who passed away from colon cancer when Craig was 11. Alan participated in the event in honor of his wife Denise being diagnosed in 2010. She is now cancer free.
“This is something we both felt strongly about,” Alan said. “Denise asked me to sing for this, and it’s nice to have your music do something and use your music to help a cause like this.”
“I just played on his heart a little bit and he said yes, and here we are,” Denise said. “What I love about it is that 100% of this money will go directly to the colorectal cancer patients and their families.”
“Because of Alan, Denise and Craig, the Blue Note Fund is fully funded for 2013 and will be able to help over 400 families with $120,000 in financial assistance,” Charlie Kelley said after the show.
The CCA holds the “Stars Go Blue” concert annually in support of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. During March, organizations across the nation place emphasis on educating the public about prevention and detection.