Lady Antebellum concert helps local charity

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The sold out Hooked On Country Concert starring Lady Antebellum had the James Brown Arena singing along to the songs of the popular country group.

But the Augusta natives were performing for a good cause. Betts Murdison, CEO and President of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta, is thrilled to have the famous trio performing to help the organization.

"To have them here means the world to us," she said.

The money raised from the concert tonight is helping with the Ronald McDonald House's Capital Campaign.

"We are in the process of building a 28,000-square-foot, 23-bedroom home," Murdison said. "The house will be there for the pediatric patients in the CSRA."

The concert was originally scheduled to be held at the Lady A Pavilion, but because of weather it was moved to the arena. But this move helped raise more money for the Ronald McDonald House.

"It's opened up a few more seats, so we were able to sell a few more tickets, and they're all gone now so I mean we're in great shape," Murdison said.

People were excited the concert didn't get canceled and were ready to hear the group perform.

"I'm really excited," said attendee Hayley Reynolds. "Hillary's my favorite. Well, they're my favorite but she's my favorite." 

"I've been to a couple concerts at the pavilion," said Rachel Colburn, who was also at the concert. "It's really fun, but I know it'll be a different feel when it's inside. But I mean I'm just glad it hasn't started raining yet, I was afraid about the weather."

"I'm just so excited to see all of our good friends and supporters coming together to listen to some fantastic music," Murdison said.

If you couldn't make it out to the concert but would still like to help the Ronald McDonald House, visit their website.

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