By Betsy Thorpe
On July 30th, several NASCAR Camping World Series Truck Drivers worked with various country artists and bands to raise money for Vanderbilt’s Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital at Billy Reasons NASH-CAR Party at the Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville.
Prior to Thursday’s event the 2008 Georgia Band of the Year, Deepstep, joined the drivers and headliner Billy Reasons at the hospital to entertain the children. Other country artists that were on site for the event included Danielle Peck, as well as Jeff Cook, from the band Alabama. While at the hospital, they participated in a ‘meet & greet’ and sang songs with the kids. Each artist and driver took time to interact with the kids in attendance. The entire show was broadcast via closed circuit TV to every room in the hospital. After his visit with some of the kids at the Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital, Deepstep’s David Brantley said, “It’s truly eye-opening to see them fighting through pain and discomfort, and to see them so upbeat about it. To tell you the truth, we could all learn a thing or two from them. They seem to have life in a better perspective than we do at times.”
In addition to Reason, Deepstep, Danielle Peck and Jeff Cook, Billy Reasons NASH-CAR party also featured appearances by NASCAR drivers Stacy Compton, David Starr, Timothy Peters, Brian Scott, “The World’s Strongest Redneck” Steve McGranahan and comedian Steve Hofstetter. Following the concert a silent auction of NASCAR & country music memorabilia took place at the Wildhorse Saloon with proceeds benefiting Vanderbilt’s Monroe Carrel Jr Children’s Hospital.