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Hometown Throwdown concert to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Staff Report • Jun 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Hometown Throwdown concert to benefit CMN

An abundance of young musical talent will help advance the quality of children’s care at Wellmont Health System hospitals with a special concert on Saturday, June 22 at Domtar Park.

The Brinley Addington Hometown Throwdown, led by the rising country music artist from Kingsport, will begin at 5 p.m. Two other local musicians — Brad Blackwell from Kingsport and Beth Snapp from Gray — will also participate in this special event to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Special guest Kristen Kelly and the sister duo act HanaLena, both of whom are making names for themselves on the Nashville music scene, will provide additional star power for the show.

Addington has worked with Freeman Productions, a local company, to develop the throwdown.

“This will be a tremendously entertaining event with outstanding talent that will make a positive impact on the lives of children in the Tri-Cities area,” Addington said. “I wanted to give back to the community, which has been so helpful to me, and thought a throwdown to help children with medical needs was the perfect idea. So it was a no-brainer to have a concert with a tremendous lineup of performers that would benefit Children’s Miracle Network.”

Wellmont has served as the Children’s Miracle Network affiliate in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia for more than 25 years. The health system uses all money raised in this area to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for its pediatric departments, neonatal intensive care unit and emergency departments and to fund community partnerships that advance children’s health.

Snapp has a keen understanding of the value of Children’s Miracle Network since she serves as an occupational therapist at Bristol Regional Medical Center. Addington said he had no trouble lining up the others because the country music industry is a tight-knit group. He said they jumped at the opportunity to support Children’s Miracle Network when he approached them about participating.

“We are grateful to these up-and-coming musicians for using their talent to support the children we are privileged to serve,” said Todd Norris, Wellmont’s senior vice president of system advancement and Wellmont Foundation’s president. “This is an innovative event that will enrich the lives of children who have not only survived under some difficult circumstances but became much healthier with the assistance of Children’s Miracle Network.”

Tickets for the throwdown are $10 and are available online at www.wellmontfoundation.org. People can also purchase tickets at Action Athletics, Metro Travel, Jenkins Insurance, First Kingsport Credit Union and several Food City stores.

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