It was truly a "Country Cares" weekend in Memphis, Tennessee over the weekend. LeeAnn and Wazz among many from the country music community that took time out to visit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to celebrate the 30th annual Country Cares. Country Cares has raised over $800 million dollars over the years with WGAR being one of many country radio stations that contributions through its radiothons and yearly concert events. WGAR raised $201,400.00 during its St.Jude radiothon in 2018.
Over the weekend St. Jude Children's Research Hospital honored country artist Jake Own for his thirteen years of service for his help and contributions to St. Jude with "St. Jude Angels Among Us Award". Jake Owen is among Darius Rucker, John Rich, and Brad Paisley who all has received this honorary award in country. Jake Owen gave a passionate acceptance speech upon receiving his award "I feel like that’s our duty as a country music entertainer, it’s not just singing songs for people and entertaining. It’s what we do with the platform that we’ve so luckily been given ... How do you help people? How do you give back? I know that by being an example and being a leader in that, hopefully others will follow. That’s what I was taught by guys like Randy and so many others that have come before me. (Taste of Country)"
For the annual songwriters night Jake Owen was joined by fellow country artists Randy Owen, Clint Black and Michael Ray for a performance where he performed his new song "I Was Made for You".