Country Helps #StrikeOutALS With The Ice Water Challenge

Recently the #StrikeOutALS 24 hour ice bucket challenge videos have been sweeping social media across the nation to raise funds and awareness for ALS research and The Pete Frates #3 Foundation. Frates, the former captain of the Boston College baseball team was diagnosed with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease,) in 2012. Since then friends and family have spread the word on the necessity for ALS research.

The premise behind the #IceBucketChallange is to drench yourself in ice water within 24 hours of being challenged, or donate $100 to ALS research. This campaign has proven to have reached country music when Chase Rice posted a video accepting the challenge and nominating Dierks Bentley.



Dierks accepted the challenge today and nominated fellow country music elite Jaren Johnston, lead vocalist for The Cadillac Three, and Kip Moore.


This is not the first time Chase Rice has supported The Pete Frates #3 Foundation. In September 2013 friends of mine who were teammates with Pete Frates at BC organized “Country Strike Out ALS,” a benefit concert at the House of Blues Boston. Along with Chase Rice, performers included Ayla Brown, Sam Hunt, and Joe Nichols.

With due diligence our CEO and faithful leader here at GotCountryOnline, Stephanie Bear, has nominated all of us! As I personally gladly accept this challenge, stay tuned for my video and some celebrity nominations! #Strike out ALS!

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Kelly Hettenbaugh

Kelly Hettenbaugh

Growing up in upstate New York, I was the one hanging with the boys hunting and fishing that the country songs talk about. Driving the back roads to my grandparent’s house in the southern tier, I used to belt out Trisha Yearwood’s “She’s In Love With a Boy,” desperately wanting to be Katie and find my Tommy. I thought my parents turned it up because they knew I liked it.. I’ve since realized it was probably to drown out my less than stellar singing voice. Although a lot has changed since then, my love for country music has stayed with me. I now live in SW Florida and my interest lies more in the up and coming acts, and songwriters than it does the larger acts that are already successful. I love being the first to discover someone and watch their career grow as they find their way in today’s crazy country music world. Working five days a week- my weekends are spent at a show, doing something active outdoors, or catching up with friends. Since I get to enjoy FL everyday, my vacations usually revolve around music festivals or visiting my family back in NY :)

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