Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Big Hearts for Big Kids Benefit Concert Breaks Million Dollar Milestone


Award-winning Canadian country music sensation, Tenille, hosted her seventh annual Big Hearts For Big Kids fundraiser at the Entrec Centre in her hometown of Grande Prairie, Alberta. Held on February 13, 2016, the event raised $225,000 and was hosted by country superstar Deric Ruttan. The evening included performances by Tenille as well as top Canadian country acts, including headliner Doc Walker, Jason Blaine, Michelle Wright, and The Bros Landreth.

This years event helped the charity break the million dollar milestone, with all proceeds going directly to Sunrise House, a Grand Prairie-based, emergency youth shelter that serves a wide area of Northern Alberta. Canadian Tire is the sponsor to this year's event.

"It's incredible to watch this event continue to grow and make a huge impact on the youth in our community. The spirit in the room is my favourite thing to witness and I'm always blown away at the generosity. We really couldn't do this without the love and support of our amazing committee, volunteers, sponsors, artists, and everyone that comes and participates. And it is such an important cause- over 6,000 bed nights have been counted at the Sunrise House since Big Hearts For Big Kids started. They have a safe place to turn to because of the support from Grande Prairie and surrounding regions and that is pretty amazing," said Tenille.

Tenille continues to establish herself as a Canadian Country music star on the rise and a local humanitarian with a heart of gold. The singer is also an ambassador for the Tim Horton Children's Foundation, travelling to different Tim Horton's camps in Ontario, Alberta and Kentucky, playing live sessions with the campers and participating in daily activities and volunteering with their music program. She spent a lot of time in the music programs at the Tim Horton Children Foundation Camps in Parry Sound, Kananaskis and Campbellsville, Kentucky, witnessing the children's growth and discovery in music.


In 2013, Tenille released her sophomore album Light (Royalty Records), which helped to garner an Alberta Country Music Association Award for Fans' Choice and Female Artist of The Year. Additionally, she was honoured top receive a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. As founder of the Big Hearts For Big Kids initiative, she earned the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award at the 2012 Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA) and in 2011 she became the youngest female artist ever to be nominated for Female Artist of the Year.


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