By Stevie Connor.
Reigning CCMA Female Artist and Songwriter of the Year Tenille Townes raised more than $418,000 during her 13th annual Big Hearts For Big Kids benefit in her hometown of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada.
This year’s event featured a songwriters round with Dean Brody, Caylee Hammack, and Eric Paslay, plus a headline performances from Townes.
The entertainer and philanthropist first started Big Hearts For Big Kids when she was just 15 years old to benefit The Sunrise House, a local emergency youth shelter in Grande Prairie. Over the years, the event has raised nearly $3 million and expanded to support Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, S.A.F.E. Animal Haven, and the Manna House. In December, using funds directly from Townes’ annual Big Hearts fundraiser, The Sunrise House opened a new facility where they can now serve three times the number of youth in need.
“The youth shelter in my hometown has always been incredibly important to me and I started Big Hearts For Big Kids because I believe that everyone is worthy of love, belonging and a little help when we need it,” said Townes. “I grew up in a community that taught me how to look out for each other and putting on this event through the past 14 years has shown me the power of a small group of people coming together. I'm so proud of the way everyone continues to show up, gather around some music, bid on some auction items, and change the course of many kids lives because of it.”
This year, a portion of proceeds will benefit Nashville non-profit Room in the Inn, where Townes has been volunteering, via an auctioned trip to the 2024 CMA Fest in Nashville.
To learn more and support Big Hearts For Big Kids, click here.
Having released her latest project, Train Track Worktapes, in 2023, Townes is actively writing and recording with new music expected soon.
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