03/15/2017

CHARLES KELLEY OF LADY ANTEBELLUM TO HOST THE 2017 ACM LIFTING LIVES® GOLF CLASSIC ON SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017 AT TPC LAS VEGAS DURING “THE WEEK VEGAS GOES COUNTRY®”

CHARLES KELLEY OF LADY ANTEBELLUM TO HOST THE
2017 ACM LIFTING LIVES® GOLF CLASSIC
ON SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017 AT TPC LAS VEGAS
DURING “THE WEEK VEGAS GOES COUNTRY®”

TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT ACM LIFTING LIVES’ DIANE HOLCOMB EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND

TWEET: @charleskelleyla announced as host of 2017 ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 1

ENCINO, CA (March 15, 2017) – The Academy of Country Music® announced today that for the first time Charles Kelley, of multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum and eleven-time ACM Award winner, will host the ACM Lifting Lives® Golf Classic at TPC Las Vegas on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The “scramble” style golf tournament, being held for the sixth consecutive year at TPC Las Vegas, was initially created to meet the need for a charitable event to connect fans, sponsors and donors with industry insiders and artists. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the ACM Lifting Lives’ Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, which provides immediate relief to those in need within the music industry.

Established by former Academy of Country Music and ACM Lifting Lives Board Chair Gayle Holcomb, in honor of her mother, the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund responds quickly to unforeseen, immediate financial needs of music related organizations and individuals. Since its inception in 2007, the Fund has distributed more than $500,000.

“I’ve been able to participate in the ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic tournament for the past couple of years, so I’m looking forward to stepping back up onto green again this year,” said Kelley. “Getting together with my buddies to play a round in Vegas is always the perfect way to head into the award show, especially when it’s also for a good cause."

The ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic will take place during the highly-anticipated “The Week Vegas Goes Country®,” including the 5th Annual ACM Party for a Cause® taking place March 30 – April 2, 2017 surrounding the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, which will broadcast LIVE for the first time ever from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

About Charles Kelley
With more than 18 million units sold, Charles Kelley is one-third of seven-time GRAMMY Award-winning group Lady Antebellum. Having earned nine No. one hits at Country radio, the trio continues their success currently climbing the Country radio charts with their lead single "You Look Good" off their forthcoming sixth studio album HEART BREAK (Capitol Nashville), available June 9. After taking time to pursue solo projects that earned Kelley a GRAMMY nomination, he, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood simultaneously share plans to return to the road on May 26th with more than 65 shows planned in six countries on their YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR, presented by Nabisco. In addition to his success as party of Lady A, Kelley has also penned chart-topping hits recorded by Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker. For more information on new music, a full list of upcoming tour dates and more, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

About ACM Lifting Lives®
ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Generous donations and the support of artists and fans ensure ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

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