NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup will be held in Nashville, TN October 24 and October 25, 2014 to raise funds for children's cancer research and treatment at the city's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, announced BG Capital Group Chairman Bobby Genovese.
Nationally recognized as a top-level teaching and research facility and a leading provider of pediatric health care services, the 271-bed hospital is dedicated to serving only children. No child is denied care on basis of limited ability to pay.
"Our goal is to raise much-needed funds to continue work toward finding a cure," said Genovese who is joined by co-chairs and hospital board members Rick Dreiling, Chairman and CEO of Dollar General Corporation, and Rose Grindstaff, President of the G & M Group. "When we come together and choose to fight children's cancer, we are making a difference in the lives of children currently in the battle for life. As event co-chair, I feel that it is vital that we all work together to provide much needed resources and support to pediatric cancer initiatives."
Rally for Kids Scavenger Cup is an event which began in Canada seven years ago and has raised more than $14 million to support pediatric cancer research, treatment and care. Nashville Rally for Kids with Cancer is an event supporting the Rally Foundation, national charity here in the US benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
The Rally Foundation began in 2008 in Atlanta by a lady named Dean Crowe in response to a local mother's plea for research dollars to help her 12-year-old son who was fighting a brain tumor. "Raise money for childhood cancer research and fund the best research wherever it may be," she asked. The Rally Foundation is a national charity in the USA which raises awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. It has raised approximately $5.25 million and funded more than 75 research projects around the country.
American country music singer-songwriter John Rich has been named honorary celebrity chair to help raise awareness and support for this vital cause. "All children should be given the opportunity to lead full, happy lives," said Rich of his commitment to lending his name to such a worthy cause. "Through this incredible event we can make a difference together and rally for kids with cancer!"
The Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup is a unique and exhilarating two-day event. Car enthusiasts and philanthropists who participate, as drivers must each raise a minimum of $25,000 to enter their car and draft a Celebrity Navigator. Fueled by a thrilling schedule of events and exclusive pit stops, Rally Drivers and Celebrity Navigators embark on a journey of a lifetime.
The Rally event will begin with an exclusive cocktail party on October 24, 2014 at the Grand Ole Opry Studio A - 2804 Opryland Dr. inNashville to provide Rally Drivers with the opportunity to meet and recruit their desired Celebrity Navigator. The following day begins with the "Start Your Engines" brunch before participants set out on their day-long adventure marked by an extraordinary schedule of pit stops at some of the city's most renowned establishments and venues. The event culminates that evening with a star-studded gala dinner at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel at 2100 West End where Rally drivers, celebrities, sponsors and invited guests revel in their experiences while enjoying an incredible dinner, award-winning entertainment and live auction prizes during the Scavenger Cup awards ceremony.