Dierks Bentley's 'Miles & Music' to benefit children's hospital - WKRN News 2

Dierks Bentley's 'Miles & Music' to benefit children's hospital

Posted: Updated: Oct 16, 2011 8:46 PM CDT

One by one, bikers filed down Broadway Sunday afternoon for the 6th annual "Miles & Music for Kids" charity ride and concert.

The ride began in Columbia and ended at Riverfront Park, with country music star Dierks Bentley leading the way.

Nearly 1,700 motorcyclists participated in Sunday's ride. The event is a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

For the participants, they're just happy to be riding their motorcycles to help out a good cause.

"It's fantastic. It's too easy, too easy," said Pat Sells of his participation in Sunday's charity ride.

Participant Tommy Stanfill added, "Bikers are the biggest charity givers there are.  Nobody else puts out like bikers do for charities, always proud to support anything they can."

"We do this every year, every year, love it and it seems like there's lots of them [participants] that love it cause there's plenty of them that do it," participant Nova Derryberry added.

Though many in attendance, like Rhonda Noga, didn't ride in on a motorcycle, those who attended the benefit concert were happy to help Children's Hospital.

"When we watched the bikes come in, I mean it was for miles, it was amazing and so we had no idea what was going on so we just asked and it's great," Noga told Nashville's News 2.

In 2010, more than $250,000 was collected for the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The event has also expanded to other cities.

In the past five years, "Miles & Music for Kids" has raised more than $1.5 million for children's hospitals in Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Columbus and Atlanta.

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