Lady Antebellum announced Monday their new charitable initiative called LadyAID, a philanthropic effort created to bring awareness to and generate support for children in need locally, nationally and globally.
The multi-level organization will reach children across the state of Tennessee through grants to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. On a national level, Lady Aid is supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and on a global level, myLIFEspeaks and The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The LadyAID Fund is a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
“The opportunity to play music on stages all around the world has given us so much happiness,” Lady A’s Dave Haywood said. “By establishing LadyAID, we’re going to be able to put a new focus on accomplishing an off-stage goal we have as a band, which is to help children in need.”
“There are children all over the world who are suffering because they don’t have the resources to get the help they need,” Hillary Scott said. “My heart has specifically been lead to the children of Haiti. By partnering with organizations like UNHCR and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, we’ve already seen children be given access to medical care they wouldn’t otherwise have in their country. It’s so inspiring, and anything we can do to help that cause, we’re going to do.”
“We’ve witnessed firsthand what these organizations are doing to help kids and their families. I’ve been personally touched by the children’s hospital visits we’ve made around the US over the last few years,” Charles Kelley said. “We hope that with the help of our fans, we can all combine our energy and resources to help provide some relief to these families.”
LadyAID will be funded by donations and fundraising efforts including the trio’s inaugural Ping Pong & Songs event. Inspired by a combination of the band’s favorite backstage hobby and their love of songwriting, the event will be held in early 2013.