Jake Owen, Lauren Alaina, Bobby Bones, Barry Zito and more added to CIty of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, June 7 at Nashville's First Tennessee Park
May 16, 2016

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Highlights include City of Hope patient and bone marrow donor reunion and ceremony honoring game founder and music industry icon, Bruce Hinton

Nashville, Tenn. – The stars continue to shine for the upcoming 26th annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, presented by Staples, as Lauren Alaina, Danielle Bradbery, The Bobby Bones Show, Jessie James Decker, Mickey Guyton, Jonathan Jackson, LOCASH, Tristan McIntosh, Jake Owen, and former Major League Baseball pitcher Barry Zito strike out cancer. They will join previously announced players Charles Esten, Vince Gill, Chris Lane, Scotty McCreery, Bret Michaels, David Nail, RaeLynn and Jamie Lynn Spears for a friendly face-off on the Grand Ole Opry and iHeartCountry teams, along with more names to be announced in the coming weeks. A fan-favorite event and longstanding tradition of the CMA Music Festival, the game will take place on Tuesday June 7, at 3 p.m. from First Tennessee Park in Nashville.

Support from the Nashville community and its country music artists directly benefit City of Hope’s mission to find cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. A highlight of this year’s game will be when 8-year-old City of Hope patient Aaron Yniguez meets his lifesaving bone marrow donor Yolanda Nava, a Southwest Airlines employee from Arlington, Texas, for the very first time.

City of Hope’s Celebrity Softball Game regularly features some of country music’s biggest and hottest stars, and this year music industry veteran Bruce Hinton will be honored as the founder of the event and for his significant contributions to the game over its 25-year history. As the game embarks on its next 25 years, it is befitting to honor the man who conceived the event and made it a Nashville tradition. Over the years, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery, Vince Gill and many more have taken to the field in support of City of Hope’s lifesaving mission.

Those not able to attend the game can still support City of Hope. A variety of unique merchandise and experiences, including meet-and-greets with the hottest artists, will be available for bid at charitybuzz.com. The proceeds will benefit City of Hope’s mission to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

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About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics throughout southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.

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