By day – or, rather, make that night – Jay Ballinger is the road manager for country crooner Dierks Bentley. But at heart, he’s an adoptee who has the Home of the Innocents to thank.
On Monday, Sept. 19, Ballinger and friends – including country star Jake Owen – will host On The Course for Kids, a celebrity golf tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance and benefiting the Home of the Innocents. There’s also a concert with Ballinger’s featured friends later the same evening.
We talked to Ballinger for a few moments about the event, which is at Quail Chase Golf Club, as he drove back to Nashville after a recent visit to the River City.
Why are you hosting this golf tournament?
I’m just at a point in my life where I can give back and feel like I should give back. Being that I’m adopted and was in custody of Home of the Innocents, I can’t think of anyone better than kids who could use the help. I was one of the lucky ones and want to help the home.
What was your experience like at the Home of the Innocents?
Well I was adopted at birth, so that’s kind of what I mean by being one of the lucky ones. As nice as the home is, I never actually had to spend a day in the home. I was under the custody of the Home of the Innocents, but I went straight to my (adoptive) parents.
Are you involved in any projects at Home of the Innocents?
One of the things that I’m really passionate about is the music therapy program I’m working on at the Home of the Innocents. We’re trying to get the music room finished. It’s really important for these kids to have some form of expression. They’re taken off the streets for so many different reasons. They can come and go as they please, but they need something that allows them to express themselves, which they can through music.
Who are the celebs coming to Louisville for On The Course For Kids?
Country star Jake Owen, “American Idol” contestant and country singer Bucky Covington, Josh Thompson of The Chrome Bullet Crew, Miss Willie Brown, Chris Fehn from Slipknot and Jerri Manthey and Jonny Fairplay from Survivor.
On The Course For Kids
When: Monday, Sept. 19
Where: Quail Chase Golf Club, 7000 Cooper Chapel Road.
- Noon shotgun start
- Two-man scramble
- $100 per player
- Doors open at 6 p.m. for concert; Concert will begin at 6:45 p.m.
- Advance tickets: $15
- Tickets day of show: $20
photos by CHRIS HUMPHREYS | Voice-Tribune
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