’80s Dance Party With Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Darius Rucker & Others Helps Raise More Than $340,000 for Alzheimer’s Association

’80s Dance Party With Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Darius Rucker & Others Helps Raise More Than $340,000 for Alzheimer’s Association

CMA Fest week got an unofficial kickoff on June 3 at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon during the second annual ’80s Dance Party to End Alz, which benefited the Alzheimer’s Association.

This year’s event, which was hosted by Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Blair Garner, featured performances from Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Chris Young, Lindsay Ell, Charles Esten, Ashley Campbell, High Valley, Emily West and Radio Romance.

“I’m here tonight because of my mom, who had Alzheimer’s, and my entire family who went through the experience with her,” said Kimberly Williams-Paisley from the stage. “We lost my mom in 2016, and since then I’ve connected with so many people affected by this disease. Unfortunately, people with Alzheimer’s and those around them feel the stigma associated with this disease, and that keeps people from having important conversations and sharing their story to bring Alzheimer’s and other dementias out of the shadows. Together, all of us here in this room—each and every one of us—we are changing the world by imagining a world without Alzheimer’s disease and by supporting the Alzheimer’s Association.”

The evening also included a silent auction of exclusive experience packages, including tickets and passes to a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live, an L.A. Dodgers experience with batting practice passes, tickets and signed items from Clayton Kershaw, a VIP Star Trek movie screening with a William Shatner meet and greet, Brad Paisley tickets and meet and greet passes, and tickets to an Eagles concert along with a guitar signed by all members of the group.

The fundraising effort is still being tallied, but more than $340,000 has already been raised. The event was led by a volunteer committee of Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Blair Garner, Eric Garner and John Shomby,

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter