John Rich is set to headline the St. Jude Presents John Rich & Friends concert, which will serve as the first-ever concert event for the 2012 FedEx St. Jude Classic. Scheduled for June 5 at the Cannon Center in Memphis, Tenn., the star-studded concert performers also includes Rich’s superstar duo gig Big & Rich, country superstars Kellie Pickler and Darius Rucker and comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital holds a very special place in my heart, that’s why I’m excited to kick off the FedEx St. Jude Classic with the John Rich & Friends concert,” Rich says on his noble headlining duties (quote via St. Jude). “I don’t know how you could spend your time any better on this earth than to support something like St. Jude. It’s truly God’s work – taking care of them babies.”

Rich’s return to the Memphis-based organization will be a reunion of sorts, with Ben — a 19-year old patient — especially looking forward to the concert. On the day he was admitted to St. Jude in 2011, Rich made a special appearance at the hospital and spent time with Ben that afternoon, even inviting him to attend a concert when he was feeling better. The heartwarming story is just one of many special connections made through the relentless efforts of St. Jude and their celebrity supporters.

“The John Rich & Friends concert is an incredible way for us to kick off this year’s FedEx St. Jude Classic and celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” says Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “This year’s tournament is about so much more than golf. We’ve planned a full week of events for our supporters to enjoy while also helping St. Jude continue its mission of finding cures and saving children.”

Window World, America’s largest replacement window and home remodeling company, and First Tennessee Bank will co-sponsor the concert, which marks St. Jude’s 50th year of service. Supporters of the organization are also encouraged to attend a variety of events throughout the week, including the Danny Thomas Pro-Am, Championship Pro-Am, Michelob Ultra Party Tent, a fun-filled Kid Zone and the Super T concert after party. The FedEx St. Jude Classic has raised more than $25 million to help St. Jude continue its mission of finding cures and saving children.

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