Going the extra mile

Photo by Corrie Cron
Nine years ago, thousands of motorcycle riders and music fans joined together on a journey to help young patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The 9th Annual “Miles and Music for Kids,” held in September 2014, included a record-breaking 1,300 motorcycles riding from Harley Davidson in Columbia, Tennessee, to Riverfront Park in Nashville, where Dierks Bentley was joined by country music artists Jon Pardi, Randy Houser, Kip Moore and Chris Young for a high-energy concert.

The 2014 event raised more than $335,000. Bentley has deepened his commitment to Children’s Hospital by pledging to support the Growing to New Heights Campaign for the upcoming expansion.

Every year, the event has grown and holds a special place in Bentley’s heart.

“I was totally blown away by the outpouring of support we got for this year’s Miles and Music… I feel like I’m just a small part of this thing. It really has become about country music fans and bikes coming together to help our community and those kids. It’s incredible,” Bentley said.

– by Christina Echegaray