Charles “Chip” Esten, best known as Deacon Claybourne on the hit show, NASHVILLE, will once again dedicate a weekend this October to raising much-needed funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). He will start the weekend on Friday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m. by walking with his team and serving as the Honorary Nashville Spokesman for the LLS’s Light the Night Evening Walk and Fundraising Event at Nissan Stadium. Later that same night, he will host his 4th Annual Light the LATE Night Benefit Concert at 9:30 p.m. at historic War Memorial Auditorium. On Sunday morning, October 22, he will lead a guided bus tour of NASHVILLE landmarks for generous donors and fans.
LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK
The Light The Night Walk is The LLS’s signature annual event to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Throughout the nation, thousands of participants carry illuminated lanterns in support of those who have survived, those battling and those who have lost their fight with cancer, while raising funds for vital research and patient services. This year is the 5th year that Esten will serve as spokesman and lead Team Addie, named after Esten’s daughter, a leukemia survivor.
“As many, but not all of you, may know, when my daughter Addie was two-and-a-half-years-old, she was diagnosed with leukemia,” said Esten. “With the help of an amazing medical staff, backed by the research and support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and held up by the prayers of so many, Addie fought, and thank God, she won that battle. Today, she is a strong, healthy, and beautiful 17-year-old student athlete National Champion who will be playing Division 1 Soccer in college next year. She is why I am honored to represent The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and help raise more funds for the life-saving research and patient family services LLS provides.”
Thanks to the generous support of walkers and donors, Esten and Team Addie have raised over $815,737 in the past four years to help The LLS’s accelerate cures for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Those wishing to join Team Addie or donate are encouraged to do at the Team Addie.
LIGHT THE LATE NIGHT BENEFIT CONCERT
Immediately after the Light the Night Walk on Friday, October 20, Esten will again host his popular Light the LATE Night Benefit Concert, this year taking place in the much larger War Memorial Auditorium after selling out 3rd and Lindsley last year. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and all proceeds will support the LLS.
“For the last three years our Light the LATE Night Concert has proven to be a perfect party-of-way to wrap up the night and raise even more funds for this great cause,” said Esten. “This year’s concert looks to be perhaps the best one yet. I will be joined by many of my friends you already know (and hopefully a few surprise guests, as well) for what has proven to be a fantastic night of music.”
Tickets for the show are available now at War Memorial’s website.
CHARLES ESTEN-GUIDED NASHVILLE BUS TOUR
Esten will wrap up his weekend of fundraising with the 3rd Annual Charles Esten-Guided NASHVILLE Bus Tour, a behind-the-scenes tour of famous locations from the show Nashville that sold out and raised $15,000 for the LLS in less than 3 hours.
“Last year, my generous passengers and I stopped by many of the locations where your (and my) favorite Deacon scenes took place, and I got to share a lot of behind-the-scenes information along the way,” wrote Esten in a newsletter to fans. “We even got a surprise visit by Will Lexington himself, my buddy Chris Carmack.”
Fans wishing to take this special tour in the future should check charlesesten.com periodically as he promises this tour will not be the last.