ACM® LIFTING LIVES BENEFIT GALA™ PRESENTED BY MATTRESS FIRM

ACM® LIFTING LIVES BENEFIT GALA™ PRESENTED BY MATTRESS FIRM

ACM® LIFTING LIVES BENEFIT GALA™ PRESENTED BY MATTRESS FIRM

HOSTED BY GARTH BROOKS & TRISHA YEARWOOD

WILL NOW TAKE PLACE EXCLUSIVELY AT THE OMNI DALLAS HOTEL ON APRIL 17

SUPERSIZED EVENING WILL FEATURE PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED ARTISTS INCLUDING HUNTER HAYES, KEITH URBAN, LADY ANTEBELLUM,

LITTLE BIG TOWN & THE BAND PERRY ALL AT ONE LOCATION

NANCY O’DELL & MONTEL WILLIAMS TO CO-HOST EVENING

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PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT ACM LIFTING LIVES,

CHILDREN’S HEALTH OF DALLAS, AND COOK CHILDREN’S OF FORT WORTH

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON TICKETING.ACMCOUNTRY.COM

ADVISORY:   The ACM® Lifting Lives Benefit Gala™ Presented by Mattress Firm, on Friday, April 17 will now take place exclusively at the Omni Dallas Hotel, and will no longer take place at two separate locations. Donors who have purchased tickets to the Fort Worth Zoo gala will be accommodated at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

“We had donors inquiring about the two locations, asking if it would be possible to attend both events to see the artists performing – and we realized we were putting people in a difficult position of having to choose between two incredible events,” said Hannah Martin, Manager, ACM Lifting Lives. “Rather than force people to choose, we decided to ‘supersize’ the Gala and host it at one location, with all the talent performing, for one amazing night of entertainment.”

WHO/WHAT:    On April 17, ACM Lifting Lives®, the Academy of Country Music’s® philanthropic arm, will present its first-ever fundraising gala, hosted by country music luminaries Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.Nancy O’Dell and Montel Williams will co-host the evening, which will kick off with a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner, live auction and a stellar line-up of performances by country music’s most celebrated artists.

The evening will include a combination of previously announced artists including Hunter Hayes, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and The Band Perry with special surprise guests all at one location.

Additionally, the live auction will include VIP awards show & concert experiences, one-of-a-kind items, and will exclusively feature Garth Brooks’ original red Chevy Truck he drove to Nashville before he began his legendary music career, which will also be on-display. For additional information on the auction items and to submit bids in advance, please visit http://www.acmliftinglives.org/auction.html or e-mail acmauction@encorelive.com

Proceeds from the gala will benefit ACM Lifting Lives and Garth Brooks’ charity, Teammates for Kids – specifically the Child Life Zones in Children’s Health of Dallas and Cook Children’s of Fort Worth.

The ACM Lifting Lives Benefit Gala Presented by Mattress Firm is produced by ACM Lifting Lives and Encore Live (http://www.encorelive.com), an event production company based in Fort Worth, Texas.

WHEN:                Friday, April 17, 2015

                           Media Check-in:               5:15PM CT

                           Red Carpet Arrivals:        5:45PM CT – 7:30PM CT

                           Cocktail Reception:         6:00PM CT

                           Dinner/Program:              7:00PM CT – 12:00AM CT

WHERE:              Omni Dallas Hotel - 555 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75202

TICKETS:            Tickets for the gala are available at  ticketing.acmcountry.com. For more information, please contact ACM Lifting Lives at gala@acmcountry.com.

About ACM Lifting Lives®

ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Through generous donations and the support of artists and fans, ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

About Teammates For Kids

In partnership with professional athletes, corporations, foundations, celebrities and individual teammates, Teammates for Kids helps children in the areas of health, education, and inner city.  They do this in a number of ways, from funding Child Life Zones and supporting Child Life programs in pediatric hospitals, to providing sports and recreation for inner city children as well as educational opportunities for the underprivileged.

The Teammates for Kids’ Child Life Zone is a state-of-the-art, therapeutic play area inside a hospital where pediatric patients and their families can play, learn, laugh, and relax. Within the Zone there are NO TREATMENTS OR NEEDLES PERMITTED . . . EVER! Currently, there are eleven hospitals across the United States that are part of the Zone Network. To learn more about these unique healing havens, please visit http://www.teammatesforkids.net.

About Mattress Firm

With more than 1,700 company-operated and franchised stores across 36 states, Mattress Firm (NASDAQ:MFRM) has the largest geographic footprint in the United States among multi-brand mattress retailers. Founded in 1986, Houston-based Mattress Firm is the nation’s leading bedding retailer with more than $1.2 billion in sales for 2013. The company offers a broad selection of both traditional and specialty mattresses, bedding accessories and other related products from leading manufacturers, including Sealy, Tempur-Pedic, Serta, Simmons, Stearns & Foster, Hampton & Rhodes and Atmos. Mattress Firm guarantees price, comfort and service with the ultimate goal of ensuring customers Save Money. Sleep Happy.

Mattress Firm was named Furniture Today’s “Top Bedding Retailer” in 2013 and a “Top Workplace” by the Houston Chronicle in 2011, 2012 and 2013. More information is available at mattressfirm.com, or on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

CONTACTS:  For credential requests and additional information, please contact Christina Canseco or Rachel Inbody at PMK·BNC / (310) 854-4800 or Christina.Canseco@pmkbnc.com  / Rachel.Inbody@pmkbnc.com

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