Award-winning country music group Lady Antebellum performed a lunchtime acoustic show Nov. 15 at the Bell Auditorium to a sold-out crowd of 2,600. The show raised more than $14,700 for the MCGHealth Children’s Medical Center Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Clinic.
“We didn’t even ask them to do this. They just offered,” said Philanthropy Coordinator Rebecca Bruni. “That’s such an incredible gift, and we’re incredibly appreciative.”
The trio – Augusta natives Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood and Nashville native Hillary Scott – performed three of their hits, “I Run to You,” “American Honey” and “Need You Now.”
“If you’re a kid going through cancer treatment, I’m sure this brightened your day. It certainly brightened my day,” Bruni said.
Children being treated at the Children’s Medical Center carried colorful cards onto the stage that spelled out “Thanks,” and presented the trio with gift baskets that the children and their families helped to assemble. The kids brought thank you notes from home, photos of their families and some baked homemade treats.
“We were so proud,” Bruni said. “And then they didn’t want to come off the stage.”
Some of the children had a hard time saying goodbye to the gift baskets they had worked on, so Kelley, a Lakeside High School graduate, went down the line letting them choose treats out of his basket.
“They were so great with the kids,” Bruni said.
Haywood’s father, Dr. Van Haywood, is professor of oral rehabilitation and director of continuing education in the MCG School of Dentistry; and Kelley’s father, Dr. John Kelley, a cardiologist, is a graduate of MCG