Before a packed house, headliner The Marshall Tucker Band and other country music biggies kept the crowd enamored with more than three hours of live music.
14X GRAMMY winner Ricky Skaggs stormed The Marshall Tucker Band's set, mixing a little bluegrass with southern rock.
Others on hand to help entertain the crowd included legendary country groups Restless Heart and Shenandoah. Shenandoah has their own connection to bluegrass in founding member Marty Raybon.
The night ended with The Marshall Tucker Band ushering everyone back to the stage for a group sing-along of the band's classic hit, "Can't You See."
"This was such a special night," notes Marshall Tucker Band lead singer, Doug Gray. "It was really overwhelming... being on-stage with so many incredible musicians and all for a great cause. Thank God for kids!"
The amount of money raised solidifies this year's show as one of the most successful in the organization's 25 plus year history.
This year's concert was one of the biggest in the history of Christmas 4 Kids," says the organization's President, Linda O'Connell. "We are ecstatic with the amount of money raised for the kids. A very big 'thank you' to the artists, hosts and staff who all donated their time to make the night a huge success!"
About Christmas 4 Kids
Christmas 4 Kids is a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for over 25 years providing many children, each year, with their very own shopping spree. The funds generated by the concert, and the Tour Bus Show/Artist Meet and Greet event, are used to give over 400 children from 29 different schools, a day-long shopping excursion. The special day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard an entertainer's luxury tour bus, dinner, and a party hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Hendersonville Expo Center. To wrap up the day, the tour buses journey to the Hendersonville, Tennessee, Wal-Mart, where the kids receive a brand new winter coat, and $150.00 to spend however they choose.
For more information on Christmas 4 Kids, visit www.christmas4kids.org.