ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, has set April 17th as the date of its first-ever fundraising gala, which takes place just two days before the 50th annual ACM Awards celebration. Dubbed “One Night, Two Cities, All Music,” the gala, hosted by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, will consist of two shows taking place simultaneously at the Omni Dallas Hotel and the Fort Worth Zoo.
Brooks and Yearwood will alternate between both locations throughout the evening to entertain attendees in Dallas and Fort Worth. Lady Antebellum will headline festivities at the Omni Dallas Hotel, which will also include a special performance by Hunter Hayes. Meanwhile, at the Fort Worth Zoo, headliner Keith Urban will be joined by special guests Little Big Town. Entertainment Tonight anchor Nancy O’Dell joins Brooks and Yearwood to co-host the Fort Worth event.
The gala, which will be attended by celebrities and members of the music and entertainment industries, also includes a cocktail reception, dinner and live auction. Funds raised at the event will be donated to several Texas-based organizations including Brooks’ charity, Teammates for Kids, along with the Child Life Zones in Children’s Health of Dallas and Cook Children’s of Fort Worth.
“One Night, Two Cities, All Music” is just one of the events of a star-studded week, which will be highlighted by the 50th annual ACM Awards. Miranda Lambert leads this year’s list of nominees with eight nods. Co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, the ACM Awards will air live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, April 19th at 8:00 p.m. ET (delayed PT) on CBS.