- Nancy Wilson Staff Writer
It’s hard to believe this will be K99.1-FM’s 18th year for the Cares for Kids Radiothon benefitting Dayton Children’s Hospital. During this time, you, the greatest listeners in the world, have donated over $3 million dollars to keep Children’s the best hospital for our kids.
Your money has purchased several transport units, countless sleeper beds, vein viewers and other lifesaving equipment.
Mark your calendars now for Nov. 18-20 to listen to our Cares for Kids Radiothon, three days full of great stories of courage and hope. There’s no question how generous the hearts of country fans are when it comes to children. And country artists are right in there, as well.
During CMA (Country Music Awards) week in Nashville, we get to talk with many artists about all kinds of things. Once we bring up our Radiothon, they want to know all about it. Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town told us about their son Elijah, who’d been to the children’s hospital in Nashville several times.
When Cassadee Pope heard about the hospital, she offered to come to Children’s and play for the kids. That was the beginning of the Cares for Kids Concerts. Our great friend John Slaugenhapt from Milano’s turns over one of his restaurants to us for an evening of music, fun and good times. The best part? All of the money raised goes toward the Radiothon for Children’s.
True to her word, Cassadee stopped by the hospital to hang out with the kids and then volunteered her time to perform at Milano’s to a sold-out crowd. The “Voice” winner invited the little ones to come “sit up front by me” and mesmerized everyone, children and parents included. She told us while she hopes to have kids of her own someday; she recognizes and appreciates now the need for a hospital that specializes in children.
That show in 2013 was such a success that we did it again. Last year, another “Voice” alum, RaeLynn, and hot country duo Maddie and Tae performed. Again, to a sold-out crowd. And again, the three stopped by the hospital to see the children.
So it goes without saying that we’re are thrilled to be doing yet another Cares for Kids Concert at Milano’s. This year’s artist? The Grammy Award-winning Hunter Hayes.
With this young man being in such high demand, it was a shot in the dark to see if he would be willing and able to help us out. Once again, the generosity of country music artists shines through. He said, “We’ll make it happen!” And he did.
Tickets went on sale Monday for this intimate, one of a kind show, and they are already sold out.
The show will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Milano’s at 9572 Springboro Pike, Miami Twp.
For all the details on the Milano’s Cares for Kids Concert with Hunter Hayes for Dayton Children’s, visit the K99.1 website, at k99online.com.