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Young Philanthropist event raises more than $50,000
Augusta, Ga. – Sept 7, 2010 – University Health Care Foundation’s Fourth Annual Young Philanthropist event, featuring recording artist Josh Kelley, raised more than $50,000 for the education and training of cardiovascular clinicians.
More than 1,100 attended the Aug. 28 concert, at Augusta’s Bell Auditorium, which benefited the John W. Kelley, M.D., Cardiovascular Endowment. The endowment was established to honor Josh’s father, who retired from the Augusta medical community in March 2006 after practicing cardiology in the CSRA for 28 years. Its purpose is to further education and training for cardiac and vascular students as well as nurses and technologists within University Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute.
Singer/songwriter Josh Kelley grew up in Augusta and discovered his musical talents at age 11, when he started a band with his younger brother, Charles Kelley (now one third of the Grammy Award-winning country music trio Lady Antebellum). Josh recently joined the Universal Music Group Nashville family, signing with MCA Nashville in September 2009. He debuted several of his new country songs at the Young Philanthropist concert.
“It was wonderful to see the community come out and support the Dr. John Kelley Heart & Vascular Endowment and also support of one of their own local artists, Josh Kelley,” said Trish Thornhill, Young Philanthropist Committee Chair. “This was a great start to what I am sure will be a very special annual music event. I am looking forward to seeing Dr. Kelley’s endowment grow and as Josh Kelley said, “help save the hearts of many.”