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Plans announced for 2014 Niswonger Children’s Hospital Golf Classic

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Plans announced for 2014 Niswonger Children’s Hospital Golf Classic

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Building on the success of last year’s event, the 2014 Niswonger Children’s Hospital Golf Classic will again feature a benefit concert in addition to the impressive lineup of celebrity guests set to attend the golf event, which raises essential funds to benefit the region’s only children’s hospital.

The festivities will take place June 29 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville, Tenn. and June 30 at The Virginian Golf Club in Bristol, Va.

This year’s benefit concert will feature ACM Vocal Group of the Year, The Band Perry. Since bursting onto the national stage with their debut album in 2010, this group of siblings from Greeneville, Tenn., has produced a string of No. 1 hits on the Billboard Country charts.

“We’re honored to perform a concert to benefit the Niswonger Children’s Hospital in our community,” said The Band Perry in an email. “The medical care provided at this facility is a valuable asset to the children who live in our region of Tennessee and the surrounding states.

Two types of tickets will be available for the event on the 29th: One for concert-only seating, and one for a special VIP ticket that includes admission to a pre-concert reception with the sports celebrities who will be participating in the golf classic the following day. The VIP reception begins at 5 p.m., and tickets are $250, which includes admission to a special seating area in the concert. Concert-only tickets are $100 or $150, depending on seat location. Seating for these tickets begins at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. (Please note: The Band Perry will not be attending the VIP reception, only the celebrity guests for the golf classic the following day.)

For concert tickets and VIP reception tickets, call the NPAC box office at (423) 638-1679 or visit www.npacgreeneville.com.

The Niswonger Children’s Hospital Golf Classic will kick off the following morning at The Virginian Golf Club, with some familiar favorite celebrities in attendance.

“We are thrilled to welcome back Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning, along with our friends Jason Witten, Dan Marino and Corey Pavin,” said Pat Holtsclaw, president of the Mountain States Foundation. “This event draws tremendous support not only from celebrities like these, but most importantly from our local community. We are inspired by the outpouring of support we see every year for our region’s only children’s hospital.”

“Niswonger Children’s Hospital cares for more than 30,000 children in our region each year in our inpatient units, St. Jude affiliate clinic and pediatric emergency department combined,” said Steven Godbold, CEO of the children’s hospital. “If our children’s hospital were not here, many of these kids and their families would have to travel hundreds of miles to receive the same level of care. We are so grateful to benefactors like Scott Niswonger who continue to invest in the health of our children, and we’re humbled by the thousands of other local folks who give their dollars, their time and their resources to make sure that this service stays here in our community.”

A limited number of slots are still available for golfers. For more information, call the Mountain States Foundation at (423) 302-3131.

The special guests expected at this year’s event are:

Honorary Co-Chairs
Scott Niswonger – Chief benefactor of Niswonger Children’s Hospital

Steve Johnson – Former tight end for New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys, president of Johnson Commercial Development in Bristol, Va.

Guest Celebrities
Frank Beamer – Head football coach for Virginia Tech
Stephen “Dell” Curry – Former NBA player
Stephen “Steph” Curry II – NBA player, Golden State Warriors
Phillip Fulmer – Former head football coach for UT Vols
Condredge Holloway – Former UT quarterback
Peyton Manning – Quarterback for the Denver Broncos, 2013 NFL MVP
Dan Marino – Former quarterback for Miami Dolphins, broadcaster on “The NFL Today”
Larry Mize – PGA player
Corey Pavin – PGA player
Bruce Pearl – Head basketball coach for Auburn Tigers, former UT men’s basketball coach
Loren Roberts – PGA player
Jim Stuckey – Former defensive lineman for San Francisco 49ers
Jason Witten – Tight end for Dallas Cowboys

About Niswonger Children’s Hospital
Located in Johnson City, Tennessee, Niswonger serves more than 200,000 children in a four-state, 29-county region. The 69-bed children’s hospital is staffed by pediatric experts who know, love and care about children and their families. The goal of Niswonger Children’s Hospital is to provide safe and child-friendly care that is centered on the patient and family. Additional information can be found at: www.msha.com/children.

About Mountain States Health Alliance
Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). Mountain States offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children’s hospital, a behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services as well as a comprehensive medical management corporation. Its 13,500 team members, associated physicians and volunteers are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care. For more information, visit www.msha.com.

About The Band Perry
The Band Perry have skyrocketed into the mainstream since releasing their platinum-certified,
self-titled debut album on Republic Nashville in 2010, which scored the sibling trio a string of hits, including the quintuple-platinum “If I Die Young” (#1 on Billboard’s Country and AC
charts), platinum “You Lie” and gold “All Your Life” (#1 Country). Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers Reid and Neil, the band has sold over 11.3 million tracks from their debut and gold-certified sophomore album, PIONEER, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #2 All Genre. PIONEER alone has garnered more than 3.3 million single downloads. In addition to acclaim from top critics across the country, PIONEER has produced two consecutive #1 Country smashes – the platinum “Better Dig Two” and gold “DONE.” – which earned Reid and Neil their first chart–topper as songwriters. “Chainsaw,” their thunderous new single, is already Top 15 and climbing on the country radio charts. The Band Perry enjoyed sold–out headlining dates and recently finished their first global headline tour, the WE ARE PIONEERS World Tour, in March. This summer, the trio will hit the road with Blake Shelton on his Ten Times Crazier Tour, and they recently joined Blake as the guest advisors for his team during Season 6 of “The Voice.” In the past year, The Band Perry has taken over the American television airwaves with unforgettable performances on the ACM, CMA, Grammy and Billboard Music Awards as well as American Idol, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Ellen, The Talk, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman. They also appeared on a banner episode of “CMT Crossroads” with rockers Fall Out Boy and performed as part of the Super Bowl XLVIII NFL Tailgate Party on Fox. They recently took home the 2014 ACM Award for “Vocal Group of the Year,” adding to their host of ACM, CMA, ACA and CMT Music Awards. The Band Perry have also amassed GRAMMY, Teen Choice, AMA, and Billboard Music Award nominations, cementing the sibling trio as one of the hottest acts in recent history. For a list of all tour dates and more, visit thebandperry.com / thefansperry.com.


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