Jamey Johnson’s Homecoming Events Raised More than $200,000 for Pancreatic Cancer
Montgomery, AL – Jamey Johnson’s Sixth annual Homecoming Golf Tournament and Concert, held at the Cottonwood Golf Club, raised more than $200,000 to help those battling pancreatic cancer through the Nikki Mitchell Foundation.
The event also accepted donated toys for the Montgomery area Marine Toys for Tots.
The event’s grand finale was an outdoor concert that featured Johnson as well as Donica Knight, Rob Hatch, Gina Gailey, Tony Joe White, Keith Gattis and Chris Hennessee.
“The golf tournament and concert raise money for the Nikki Mitchell Foundation for all of the wonderful things they are doing to help those fighting pancreatic cancer, such as providing gas cards, groceries, bill paying, dog sitting or whatever,” says Johnson, who was a close friend of Nikki Mitchell and serves as the non-profit organization’s founding artist. “They offer all of these custom services to help people with pancreatic cancer that need to be done.
“The idea down the road is to raise enough money to fund research. Right now, we are taking care of the things we can take care of. The golf tournament every year funds a lot of that activity, as do the various concerts we do throughout the year.”
Rhonda Miles, president of the Nikki Mitchell Foundation, says, “We are completely humbled by the support and generosity shown to NMF this past weekend. We want to thank everyone involved. We definitely know Nikki sent her magic to this event.
“The funds raised will guarantee our Bridge of Wings program will continue to relieve some financial burdens of our Pancreatic Cancer patients."
Gilbert Carrillo, Adam Carrillo, Tony Medellin and Tim Henderson were on the golf tournament’s winning team.
ABOUT JAMEY JOHNSON:
The Washington Post considers the country singer/songwriter to be “one of the greatest country singers of our time.” His 2008 album, That Lonesome Song, was certified platinum for 1 million in sales, and his 2010 double album, The Guitar Song, received a gold certification.
In addition, he won two Song of the Year Trophies, for “Give It Away” and “In Color,” both from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, and has received six Grammy nominations. He has received tremendous praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal and other publications, many of which have hailed his albums as masterpieces.
In 2012, the Alabama native released his fourth studio album, a tribute project to late songwriter Hank Cochran. The Grammy-nominated Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran paired him with Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Ray Price, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Vince Gill and Merle Haggard.
He recently co-wrote “God’s Problem Child,” the title track to Willie Nelson’s 2017 album.
ABOUT THE NIKKI MITCHELL FOUNDATION:
The foundation’s namesake, Nikki Mitchell passed away in July 2013 of pancreatic cancer. She served as President and CEO of Waylon Jennings’ music for more than 23 years. During her tenure there, she made history of her own with the Bridge of Wings flight in 1998, where she circumnavigated the northern hemisphere as co-captain in a single engine aircraft. In December 2010, Nikki was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Taking the bull by the horns she consulted with renowned medical professionals around the country and her zeal for life throughout her 31-month battle never diminished.
The Nikki Mitchell Foundation (NMF) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to seeking and supporting the most breakthrough data available for the early detection and cure of pancreatic cancer. Not tied to any one hospital, the NMF will support the most promising research with a focus on gene-based therapies along with a special emphasis on prevention and patients’ preferences in determining their care. The Nikki Mitchell Foundation Board of Directors includes Cochran's widow Suzi Cochran, singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson, Jessi Colter and many other Nashville music industry veterans who called Nikki their close friend.
For more information: www.nikkimitchellfoundation.org or call 1-844-NMF-CURE.