NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country group Diamond Rio was honored for their support of children and families throughout the United States on Monday.
For more than a decade, the band has served as national spokespersons for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Diamond Rio has sold more 10 million albums and won the CMA Vocal Group of the Year award four times.
The band has used concerts to promote youth mentoring and raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.
“They have raised over $1.5 million for our children,” said Karen Mathis with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “They have promoted your Middle Tennessee agency on their Web site. They've done radio and TV [public service announcements]. They have never turned down interviews to tell folks what Big Brothers and Big Sisters does.”
That's why the group picked up another platinum album at the Nashville Rotary Club luncheon, recognizing its efforts as advocates for children and families.
Marty Roe of Diamond Rio said, “Big Brothers and [Big] Sisters is a no brainer for us. We're grateful to have some ability to draw attention to good causes. This is a grass roots, and an investment in the future of this country in our young people. We're proud to be a part…thank you.”
Middle Tennessee's Big Brother Big Sister organization is considered a national leader.
Its Mentoring Children of Prisoners program has shown tremendous success, but its funding is facing cuts in the new federal budget year.
Studies have shown that children of prisoners are six times more likely than other children to be incarcerated at some point in their lives.
The Mentoring Children of Prisoners program has shown success in helping children stay in school and graduate.