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2015 Stars for Wishes Details Announced

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 Country Artist Gary Allan and Journey’s Jonathan Cain Set to Perform

NASHVILLE, Tenn., (October 22, 2014) – TV personality (“Dancing With the Stars” champion) Melissa Rycroft will host Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee’s third annual “Stars for Wishes” event, it was announced today by the chapter’s Chairman, David Osborn. The fundraising dinner will take place on Saturday, January 17 at Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, and will feature performances by country star Gary Allan and “Stars For Wishes” founder Jonathan Cain (Journey).

“Each year this event affords us the opportunity to demonstrate the power of a single child’s wish and to honor those who help us grant those precious wishes,” said Beth Torres, president and CEO, Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. “’Stars For Wishes’ continues to grow and we’re thrilled to welcome Melissa and Gary to the Make-A-Wish family, and eternally grateful for the continued support that Jonathan selflessly provides.”  

“Stars For Wishes” sponsorship information is available here; additional information can be found here. Tickets will be available beginning November 3. 

Host Melissa Rycroft is a TV personality who first won America’s heart while on the ABC show, “The Bachelor.” Since then, the former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader starred on the eighth season of “Dancing with the Stars” and was later crowned champion of “Dancing with the Stars All Stars.” She also starred in the CMT show, “Melissa and Tye,” which documented the lives of her and her high school sweetheart-husband, Tye. Most recently, Rycroft served as a guest judge and mentor in CMT’s ninth season of “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team.” In addition, Rycroft has co-hosted “Dick Clark’s Rocking New Year’s Eve” alongside Ryan Seacrest and serves as a special contributor for ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” reporting from Hollywood and various red carpets throughout the year.

With the allure of a modern day outlaw, Gary Allan has won over legions of fans with his signature blend of rugged vocals, rebellious lyrics and raucous live performances.  He has sold over 7 million albums, been certified platinum and gold five times in a row and has topped the Billboard Country Albums Chart with a trio of back-to-back albums.  His latest, SET YOU FREE, topped both the Billboard Country Albums Chart and the Billboard 200 (Pop Chart). Allan has five #1 hits at country radio and nearly a dozen Top 10 hits to his credit.  He has been described as “dark and dreamy” in Entertainment Weekly, “soulful and rough around the edges” in Playboy and deemed a “maverick” by Rolling Stone.  He has sold out venues as a headliner from coast to coast, appeared onThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Live with Kelly and Michael and Jimmy Kimmel Live and has landed on the covers of Country Weekly, Pollstar and People magazine.  While becoming a force on the country music scene, Allan has remained true to his artistic voice each step of the way.

Most known as the keyboardist in Journey, rock and roll legend, Jonathan Cain has a four-decade long career as a songwriter, collecting many awards and honors along the way, including the R.I.A.A. Diamond Award for ten million sales. Since performing his first hit, “Till It’s Time To Say Good-bye” on American Bandstand in 1976, Cain has written songs and performed with music icons like The Baby’s (featuring John Waite), Sammy Hagar, Michael, Bolton, Kenny Rogers, Heart, Conway Twitty, rocker Jimmy Barnes and of course, Journey which he continues to tour with. His success with the band has helped sell over 47 million Journey albums and earned them a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004. In addition to his music career, the Chicago native keeps busy with his involvement in the Make-A-Wish foundation as well as the creation of his own wine label, DelaCain. 

About “Stars For Wishes”:“Stars For Wishes” was created by Jonathan Cain of the superstar band Journey as a chance for celebrities to show their support for the Middle Tennessee chapter of Make-A-Wish. “Stars For Wishes” is the primary fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, with last year’s event raising more than $180,000.00. 

About Make-A-Wish®:  Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 38 minutes and has granted more than 240,000 wishes in the United States since inception.  Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee grants wishes in 38 counties.  For more information about Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.  

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Beth Torres

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