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Country artists give back with charity events

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Country artists events for charity before the CMA Festival officially begins. (WSMV) Country artists events for charity before the CMA Festival officially begins. (WSMV)

Country music’s most loyal fans are in the spotlight as this week’s CMA Music Festival begins to pick up speed.

Most of the events on Monday benefit charities from St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Fans and stars are giving back hundreds of thousands of dollars to the causes.

The Nashville music community, in general, sponsors a number of good projects.

This week a few of those get into the spotlight.

Darius Rucker and friends will raise a lot of money for St. Jude’s in Memphis on Monday night.

On Sunday night, the Alzheimer’s Foundation was in the spotlight. The disease took the life of superstar Glen Campbell and Kimberly Williams-Paisley’s mother.

Sunday’s event was a time to raise money and at the same time have fun.

The fundraisers at the Wildhorse Saloon had an1980s dance theme. That’s why the country stars there looked a little different.

Williams-Paisley wrote a book on the Alzheimer’s experience with her mother. She’s been deep into the subject for years.

We really have to spend more money and energy on finding a cure. This is the only killer in the top 10 of the country with no treatment and no cure,” said Williams-Paisley.

Kim Campbell was with her husband Glen through those years with Alzheimer’s.

“We’re bringing a message of hope to families because we’re going to band together and we’re going to raise money and find a cure some day,” said Kim Campbell.

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