NIGHT IN THE COUNTRY’S GIVE & GET PROGRAM – COUNTRY MUSIC FOR A CAUSE!
Photo courtesy of Liquid Blue Events
LUKE COMBS AND BROTHERS OSBORNE WILL HEADLINE THE 18TH ANNUAL NIGHT IN THE COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL JULY 25-27, 2019
Away from the big city lights,the Night in the Country experience transforms the quiet farming town of Yerington, Nevada into one of the largest camping parties in the world. The 3-day music festival is the second biggest rural event in Nevada (next to Burning Man) and offers a chance to let loose, enjoy good music, and mingle with fellow country music lovers. It’s been rated one of the top 10 country music events of the year and draws more than 15,000 country music lovers to a rural town with a population just over 3,000. Country music greats such as Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, and Dierks Bentley have graced the Night in the Country stage.
With its rowdy party crowd, inflatable pools, and wild extracurricular events such as the Beer Relay, Extreme Bull Riding, and Mud Volleyball, one would think Night in the Country would send your typical non-profit volunteer do-gooder types running for the hills…but quite the contrary.
Night in the Country is a non-profit organization and in 2018 they had over 300 volunteers and donated almost $60,000 to over 30 different organizations across the United States! The largest donation was to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley in the amount of $23,332 with volunteers donating back 5,216 hours. Other notable 2018 charitable achievements were Yerington Rotary Club who donate just over 150 hours, and earned $5,459 for their cause, and Walker River Baseball who earned $5,144 to help purchase baseball equipment, uniforms, and field improvements for the 350+ players in their youth baseball program.
How does a giant party raise $60,000 for charity?? It’s quite ingenious actually.
Through Night in the Country’s “Give & Get” Program, volunteers who donate a minimum of 12 hours helping with different aspects of the event such as food and beverage service, parking, ID checks, etc. receive a shirt, up to two meals per day, and a general admission ticket for the festival! In addition, volunteers designate a certified non-profit organization of their choice as the beneficiary of the monetary value of their hours worked – pay ranges from $8-$12 per hour depending on the job. For example, if a service group of 12 volunteers worked 12 hours each at a rate of $10 per hour, and pledged their time to “Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows,” the Club would receive $1,440 in the names of those 12 amazing volunteers!
So, if you’re looking for a fun way to fundraise for your favorite charity y’all best head out to Night in the Country now, ya hear?! Volunteers must be 18 or older, pass a background check, and complete online training – volunteer applications will be accepted through July 7, 2019.
For more information visit nightinthecountry.org/volunteer.