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Grand Ole Opry, Partners to Help Feed People in Need

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Grand Ole Opry, Circle and Gray Television are coming together on Saturday, Feb. 27, during the live Opry broadcast to help raise money and awareness of the food insecurity that has been rising at alarming rates over the last year and has most recently been compounded by extreme weather across several states last week.

All proceeds will benefit Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks and more than 60,000 food pantries in every community across the country. Viewers will be directed to make a donation at www.feedingamerica.org/circle.

Opry members Chris Janson and Travis Tritt along with rising new artist Hailey Whitters will perform on this special live broadcast. Bobby Bones will host the performances at 9 p.m. on Circle, and on Gray TV stations, DISH Studio Channel 102, Sling TV and other TV affiliates in addition to a companion live stream on Circle’s Facebook and YouTube. Gray television stations, including several in markets hit particularly hard by last week’s weather events, will contribute local stories and personalities to speak the problem of hunger in America and ways viewers can help.

The show will also be heard on 650 AM WSM and SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse. Additionally, all partners will be joining in a concerted campaign across their social channels.

“Food insecurity is something no family should experience,” Gray TV President and Co-CEO Pat LaPlatney said. “Our goal is for the powerful combination of Gray’s local stations, the voice of the Grand Ole Opry, and Circle’s growing network, to have a positive impact for people who so badly need help.”

“For 95 years the Grand Ole Opry has always tried to be a source of comfort and support in difficult times,” said Dan Rogers, vice president and executive producer of the Grand Ole Opry. “When Gray Television developed this effort, we enthusiastically lent our support.”

“Circle’s mission is to unite country music fans with storytelling and performances from the artists they love,” Drew Reifenberger, Circle Network’s general manager, said. “Part of this responsibility is to use our platform to rally around important causes that our fans and artists are passionate about as well.”

Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.

The Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties.

For more information, visit opry.com.

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