If you are looking to build momentum and funds to help the needy at Christmas, you need a few things: a great cause, an outstanding act, and an event that draws people from miles around. All three of that criteria were met Wednesday night. Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line played to a full house at Track 29. And while the fans enjoyed it, the beneficiaries will be the region's underprivileged kids.
Fans lined up and piled in as our friends from US-101 welcomed the newcomer country superstars to benefit the Forgotten Child Fund. "We love our fans, especially here in Chattanooga," said Tennessee Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard. "They're awesome. So, it's gonna be a fun night. We're very excited."
WUSY provided some faces to go with their familiar voices. Dex & Mo chatted with Clay Ingle about the great turn-out. Then he chatted with Channel 3 about this outstanding cause. "Just to see the look on these children's faces when they get these toys," said Ingle, "to let them know somebody cares for them. And that could change a life."
Among other things, the Forgotten Child Fund runs the familiar Santa Train each year, taking toys to children who may not otherwise receive any gifts. "Last year we did 7,452 children; provided them Christmas," Ingle said. "And that's a lot of children. And it takes a lot of donation of toys and it takes funds to go buy these toys to give them."
Bearman, Ken, and Daniel introduced the duo and their band to the crowd of more than 1,500. All were happy to help and be a part of one of the great Tennessee Valley Christmas traditions. "We've been really blessed this year and it's something really important for us to give back and to help those that are less fortunate," said Hubbard. "So, you know what, it's cool to be here, to get to do what we love, and then to be able to help kids out; make some people happy. It's really cool for us."
The other half of the duo, Brian Kelly, added, "We're just excited to be here tonight to give back. And we've said from day one starting this thing that we want to be bigger than the music and we have a little bit bigger voice now, and so the more that we can do, the better. That's what it's all about for us."
Nearly 7,500 kids were served by the Forgotten Child Fund, last year. You know the need is great. Look for their donation boxes at any Chattanooga Fire or EMS station, and at Dollar General Stores in the area to donate new toys.
And, while Florida Georgia Line will have played some 235 shows by year's end, they have some new music and videos coming out on November 25th, before they take some time off for the holidays. Check their website for details.